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Chemistry B Salters - A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

OCR Salters Advanced Chemistry 

Chemistry is the study of materials, their reactions and the laws that govern them.

Chemistry is essential for studying Medicine and Veterinary Science as well as Chemistry courses.  It is highly recommended for Biological Sciences.


Course content

In this modern course, you will learn the core theory through study of current applications of chemistry. You will be introduced to organic, inorganic and physical chemistry while learning about topics such as fuels, colours and the chemical industry. Then you will study the chemistry of ozone, minerals and polymers. Activities include practical work, problem solving, data analysis, modelling with ICT, research and presentation.

In the second year of the A level course there is greater emphasis on the design of molecules and materials to fit a purpose, such as polymers, dyes and medicines. Their analysis and synthesis are also considered. Practical skills are develop further fully preparing students for university based laboratory work

Entry requirements

- GCSE Triple Science Chemistry at grade B or better


- GCSE Additional Science at grade B or better with an A or A* grade in the Chemistry C456 module


- Grade B or better in GCSE Mathematics

- APS of 4.5 or above

It is useful if you also take another Science or Maths, but this is not essential to support the study of Chemistry.


A total of 6 hours of examinations (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) taken at the end of Year 13.

All exam papers will include a wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.

Practical Endorsement - a separate grade (pass/fail) will be awarded for practical based work carried out throughout the two years of the course as specified by OCR.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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