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In contrast to the traditional ‘topic-based approach, Chemistry (Salters) is ‘context-led’. Chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context, the course being written as a series of units based on contemporary issues in Chemistry.
Students study the chemistry in a spiral way so that chemical ideas, introduced in an early topic, are reinforced later. The ‘drip-feed’ approach to teaching and learning chemical principles allows candidates to revisit a particular topic several times during the course, each time taking their knowledge and understanding a step further. It is the only A Level Chemistry specification based on a complete course package, with integrated course books and activity sheets designed at the same time as the specification.
The course we choose to follow is different from other A Level specifications because: It starts from applications and develops the theory as required. Thus, learning of this theory has chance o mature and is then reinforced in another context. All external units in the examination ask questions in context.
There is an Advance Notice article included in an AS unit which can be studied, researched and discussed by students well in advance of the unit test. A2 students undertake a four-week Chemical Investigation of their own choice.
|Module 1||Criteria||Module 2||Criteria|
|F331: Chemistry for Life||1 hour 15minutes written exam||F334: Chemistry in Materials||1 hour 30 minutes written exam|
|The Elements of Life||AS Level—30%||What’s in a Medicine||A Level—15%|
|Developing Fuels||A Level 15%||The Materials Revolution|
|F332: Chemistry of Naural Resources||1 hour 45 minutes written exam||The Thread of Life|
|Elements from the sea||AS Level 50%||F335: Chemistry by Design||2 hour written exam|
|The Atmosphere||A Level 25%||Agriculture and Industry||A Level—20%|
|The Polymer Evolution||–||Colour by Design|
|F333: Chemistry in Practice||Internal Assessment||The Oceans|
|AS Internal Assessment||AS Level—20%||Medicines by Design|
|A Level—10%||F336: Chemistry Individual Investigation||Internal Assessment|
|A2 internal assessment||A Level—15%|
To get onto the course we recommend that you have achieved two B grades or better in core and additional science or, if you have taken triple science, a B in the science subject you wish to study and a B or better in one of the other two sciences. In addition, having a grade 6 or better in maths would be highly desirable.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
If you have an interest in chemistry and would like to develop your understanding then this course is designed for you. You will need to be organised & self-motivated with a sound scientific knowledge and independent learning skills.
Where could this course take you?
A level Chemistry is well respected by all universities. It helps you improve many skills, such as research and independence, that will help you in the future, whatever career you might be looking to go into even if it is not chemistry based.