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Chemistry (Salters) AS and A2 Level at Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The Salters Chemistry scheme uses relevant and up to date applications of chemistry to develop each student’s understanding of chemical concepts and their practical skills. Students study thirteen units that consist of a storyline providing the context for new chemical ideas and skills.

Students study chemistry in a range of different contexts, conveying the excitement of contemporary chemistry. Ideas are introduced in a spiral way with topics introduced in an early part of the course reinforced later.

This specification continues to place a particular emphasis on an investigational and problem-solving approach to practical work and is supported by extensive new materials developed by the University of York Science Department.

Course content

Elements of life; developing fuels; elements from the sea; the ozone story; what's in a medicine; the chemical industry; polymers and life; ocean; developing metals; colour by design.

Entry requirements

Double B grade (BB) must have been achieved in GCSE Double Additional Science (or if a student has taken the Triple Science option, a B in Chemistry plus a B in either Physics or Biology must be achieved). In addition a B grade must be achieved in GCSE Mathematics.


AS: paper 1 foundations of chemistry multiple choice examination and structured questions examination.

A-Level: paper 1 multiple choice examination, structured questions examination. Paper 2: scientific literacy in chemistry, structured questions examination. Paper 3: practical skills in chemistry, structured questions examination. Practical endorsement for chemistry, non exam assessment.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential subject for students who wish to follow higher education courses in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy and a wide range of chemistry/biochemistry courses, leading to areas such as drug discovery, forensic science and science publishing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 August 2016
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