Accessibility links

Chemistry AS/A2 Level at Huish Episcopi Science College

Course description

Salters Chemistry AS and A level course is set in context using a range of storylines based on how chemistry is used in the world. These storylines are combined with the study of the chemical principles that are needed to make sense of them. This means that the chemical principles are introduced gradually, then revisited and reinforced.

You will learn what wetsuits, surfboards and the domes at the Eden Project are made of, the problems of CFCs in the atmosphere and the complex photochemical reactions occurring high above us, as well as the amazing black smokers on the sea floor – and all in the first year.

Course content

Elements of Life, Developing Fuels, Elements from the Sea, The Atmosphere, Polymer Revolution. Two written papers (worth 80%) and an internal practical assessment (20%).

The Materials Revolution, The Thread of Life, Steel Story, Agriculture and Industry, Colour by Design, The Oceans, Medicines by Design. The A2 course also consists of two written papers (F334 30%, F335 40%) and one open-ended Individual Investigation assessing eight practical skills and marked internally (F336 30%).

Entry requirements

Ideally students should have achieved a grade B in GCSE Science or equivalent but we will consider other students on an individual basis.


See contents box.

Future opportunities

The simple answer is anywhere you want to go. Salters Chemistry is a fantastic course for taking you on to further chemistry studies or for studies where chemistry is a requirement, such as medicine. It is a highly respected A level in industry and Higher Education and underpins the study of all scientific courses.

Chemists work in every area of society and the world, studying and researching the atmosphere, the oceans, health, medicines, materials, pollution, the list is endless.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Huish Episcopi Science College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years