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Chemistry AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Benenden School *Fees Payable*

Course description

OCR Chemistry (B) Salters

Course content:

Chemistry B (Salters) A Level 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. These Storylines engage students through learning in a contemporary context and range from concerns about the ozone layer to the development of new medicines.

Since coursework will no longer contribute towards the final A Level grade, it has been replaced by an emphasis on providing students with opportunities to develop and practise their investigational and problem-solving skills. Development of practical skills underpins the whole of the specification, and the practical skills in this module are assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.

The A Level specification also emphasises the development of chemical literacy skills, which are assessed at the end of the course using an Advance Notice article. The course is split into ten Storylines: Modules 1 to 5 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 10, combined with chemical literacy and the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level. Each module is based on one of the Storylines and contains a variety of Chemical Ideas, which form the basis of the specification.

Entry requirements

Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Maths GCSE


Three papers taken at the end of VI2.

AS exams do not contribute to A Level grade.

Paper 1 

Fundamentals of Chemistry

Section A multiple choice

Section B structured questions covering theory and practical skills

Marks: Section A 30, Section B 80, Total 110  Duration: 2 hr 15 mins  Weighting: 41%


Paper 2

Scientific Literacy in Chemistry

Structured questions and extended response questions, covering theory, practical skills and chemical literacy

Marks: Total 100  Duration: 2 hr 15 mins  Weighting: 37%


Paper 3

Practical Skills in Chemistry

Structured questions and extended response questions with a focus on the assessment of practical skills

Marks: Total 60  Duration: 1 hr 30 mins  Weighting: 22%


Non-exam assessment

Practical endorsement for Chemistry

A minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. Performance reported separately to A Level grade

Pass/fail Performance reported separately to A Level grade 

Future opportunities

Chemistry A Level provides the transferable skills required in a whole host of courses and occupations. It is commonly required for the study of medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, natural sciences, pharmacy, and biochemistry and it is advisable to have Chemistry in your portfolio if you intend to study courses such as Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Physiotherapy. However, the best reason for choosing to study Chemistry at these levels is, of course, a liking for the subject itself.

Chemistry provides all candidates with the opportunities to develop a lifetime of skills: planning, organising, handling data, assessing, analysis, interpreting, debating, teamwork, and decision-making. It is little wonder that today’s chemists will be tomorrow’s lawyers, politicians, managers, consultants and leaders.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Benenden School *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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