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Chemistry A Level at The Judd School

Course description

Why choose this subject?

OCR B Salters Chemistry A-Level promotes the development of problem solving and genuine chemical skills using context based applications. In this way, problem solving can be taught in varied contexts, new developments can be incorporated into the course, and the emphasis is placed on learning the fundamentals rather than simply the facts about what is current.

Chemistry offers opportunities to incorporate cutting-edge science, such as the emerging fields of molecular genetics, biotechnology, materials, semiconductors and nanotechnology, for which chemistry, being a mature science, has become a collaborative subject.

The course highlights the principles that unify the subject and seeks to examine them through their application to chemical situations. The linear assessment structure means that learners are tested at the end of the two-year course, allowing them to rationalise and relate the facts they learn to the wider subject.

In addition to the 3 written papers at the end of the course, students will also have ongoing practical assessments that will encourage the teaching and learning of practical skills as an integrated part of the course, and is designed to reward a wide range of laboratory and higher-order thinking skills.


Why study it at The Judd School?

When current chemistry students were asked this question their responses were:

  • Its cutting edge Chemistry which allows students to really understand the reactions – no learning ‘parrot fashion’.
  • Judd has experienced staff who know how to get good results. Judd has a welcoming learning environment and very committed teachers. They don’t just teach Chemistry; they help you enjoy it too.
  • I like the way they prepare us, but I like also the level of independent study.
  • I love the practical’s; we do loads of practical’s!
  • Extra help is always available.
  • Brilliant technicians.
  • Like the textbook – easy to understand.


Entry requirements

Either 7 in GCSE Chemistry if taken or 8 in Combined Science.


OCR H433 A-Level Chemistry B (Salters)

How it will be assessed:

The course is a linear one with three papers taken at the end of two years,

All papers are externally assessed

A Chemistry B (Salters) (H433) -


















Paper 1

Fundamentals of chemistry


2 hr 15 mins






Section A

Multiple choice





Section B

Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills






Paper 2

Scientific literacy in chemistry


2 hr 15 mins







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







Paper 3

Practical skills in chemistry


1 hr 30 mins








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







Non-exam assessment

Practical Endorsement for chemistry


Non-exam assessment









Papers 1, 2 and 3 can assess content from Modules 1 to 10 as well as practical skills and chemical literacy

  1. Paper 1 covers breadth of understanding of concepts assessed by mainly shorter structured questions
  2. Paper 2 covers deeper understanding of concepts assessed by a mixture of short structured questions, extended response items and more open problem-solving style questions. Carrying on the theme of the current Chemistry B (Salters), this paper includes an Advance Notice article aimed at testing skills of chemical literacy developed during the course
  3. Paper 3 focuses on the assessment of practical skills with a particular emphasis on investigational and problem-solving skills.


Continual assessment of practical skills over the two years by teachers, to be monitored by exam board.

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: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OCR H433 A-Level Chemistry B (Salters)