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Chemistry AS/A2 (See Option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

To achieve the qualification you must:

Complete three A level papers (code H433) to get a certificate for Advanced GCE CHEMISTRY.

In contrast to the traditional 'topic based' approach, Chemistry B (Salters) is 'context led'.

Chemistry B (Salters) is designed to be taught in context. The course takes students on a journey through ten Storylines, while introducing chemical concepts in a spiral approach. The Storylines engage students through learning in a contemporary context and range from concerns about the ozone layer to the development of new medicines.

Course content

  • This specification has been developed in consultation with University of York Science in Education Group , the Royal Society of Chemistry, GlaxoSmithKline and in consultation with OCR.
  • 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.


  • This specification is uniquely different from other A Level specification because:


-it starts from applications and develops the theory as required

-it introduces chemical topics in one unit and then revisits them in later units, so that student learning has a chance to mature and is then reinforced

-all external units in the examination ask all the questions in context

-there is an Advance Notice article included in an A level unit which can be studied, researched and discussed by students well in advance of the exam.




Entry requirements

You should have studied Triple award science or Double award Science and achieved a minimum grade B in Chemistry for Triple award or a minimum grade B for Additional Science on the Double award.  

(See Option Blocks on our website)


How will I be assessed?



For AS (H033)



Teaching units

Assessment method and weighting


Paper 1 Foundations of chemistry


Paper 2 Chemistry in depth


70 marks exam           50%


70 marks exam           50%

For ALevel (H433)



Teaching units

Assessment method and weighting


Paper 1 Fundamentals of chemistry


110 marks exam         41%


Paper 2 Scientific literacy in chemistry


100 marks exam         37%


            Paper 3 Practical skills in chemistry


60 marks exam            22%

AS Chemistry is an independent qualification to A level Chemistry. Can be selected by students in consultation with the teacher.

Non-exam assessment

Practical endorsement for Chemistry.

Candidates complete a minumum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. Performance reported separately to the A level grade. A pass or fail is recorded. A certificate is issued.

Further information

Other subjects that would go well with Chemistry at AS or GCE Advanced level are Biology, Mathematics and Physics.  However, other combinations of subjects including Geography are also suitable.  You may be concentrating on arts, humanities or modern language subjects and wish to take Chemistry to AS level to broaden your studies by continuing to take a science subject.


With a qualification in Chemistry you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Chemistry or one of the other sciences or related subjects, such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Food Science, Chemical Engineering, or work in science-based industry, the medical field or agriculture.  See


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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