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A Level Chemistry B


A qualification in Chemistry is one of the most marketable around, opening doors in the real world due to the skills it develops. It shows that you have the ability to analyse facts and interpret data in both numerical and literal forms. As such it is a qualification which is not only essential for many science-based courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Biosciences, Genetics, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences but also is a valid entry qualification for courses such as Law, Mathematics, Management and Computing. A degree in Chemistry not only allows you to follow a career involving Chemistry but is a sought after qualification for careers in Finance, Business and Patent Law. Chemistry is often seen as the ‘Central Science’ supporting Physics and Biology. However, it can also be taken as a lone science Advanced Level course.

Preferred Previous Studies

Students should have gained a grade B in Chemistry (pre June 2017) or a 6 in the new GCSE Separate Science Chemistry (June 2017 onwards) or a
grade A in Additional Science (pre June 2017) or a 7 in GCSE Combined Science (June 2017 onwards). Students must also have at least a grade 6 in Maths. On occasion students who do not meet these criteria may be allowed on the course after a Year 11 Chemistry teacher’s recommendation.
GCE A Level Awarding Body – OCR (Salters)

Course Content

Year 1

This course is taught alongside the Advanced Level course and consists of five teaching units (Storylines).
The Elements of Life is a study of elements and compounds in the universe, the human body and in salt deposits.
Developing Fuels is a study of fuels, what they consist of, how energy involved in their combustion is measured and the contributions that chemists make to the development of better fuels.
Elements from the Sea is a study of the extraction of halogens from minerals in the sea, together with a study of the properties and uses of these elements and their compounds.
The Ozone Story is a study of important processes occurring in the ozone layer of the atmosphere.
What’s in a Medicine? This is a study of medicines such as aspirin, leading to much functional group chemistry and methods of analysis.

Year 2

The Chemical Industry is a study of how chemists use industrial processes to benefit mankind.
Polymers and Life is a study of condensation polymers, proteins and enzymes, DNA and its use in synthesising proteins.
The Oceans is a study of the role of the oceans in dissolving substances and maintaining pH.
Developing Metals is a study of the reactions and properties of the transition metals.
Colour by Design is a study of dyes and dyeing and the use of chemistry to provide colour to order.

Assessment for A Level Chemistry in May/June of Year 13
Fundamentals of Chemistry (41%) – 2¼ hour written paper
Scientific Literacy in Chemistry (37%) – 2¼ hour written paper
Practical Skills in Chemistry (22%) – 1½ hour written paper
Practical endorsement in Chemistry – non-examination assessment, internally assessed.