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Chemistry B (Salters) A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description


This course is taught alongside the Advanced level course and consists of five teaching units (Storylines).

The Elements of Life is a study of elements and compounds in the universe, the human body and in salt deposits.

Developing Fuels is a study of fuels, what they consist of, how energy involved in their combustion is measured and the contributions that chemists make to the development of better fuels.

Elements from the Sea is a study of the extraction of halogens from minerals in the sea, together with a study of the properties and uses of these elements and their compounds.

The Ozone Story is a study of important processes occurring in the ozone layer of the atmosphere.

What’s in a Medicine? This is a study of medicines such as aspirin, leading to much functional group chemistry and methods of analysis.

Assessment for AS Chemistry in May/June of Year 12
Foundations of Chemistry (50%) – 1½ hour written paper
Chemistry in Depth (50%) – 1½ hour written paper


To gain an A-level in Chemistry the five teaching units (Storylines) above and those below need to be studied.

The Chemical Industry is a study of how chemists use industrial processes to benefit mankind.

Polymers and Life is a study of condensation polymers, proteins and enzymes. DNA and its use in synthesising proteins.

The Oceans is a study of the role of the oceans in dissolving substances and maintaining pH.

Developing Metals is a study of the reactions and properties of the transition metals.

Colour by Design is a study of dyes and dyeing and the use of chemistry to provide colour to order.

Assessment for Advanced Chemistry in May/June of Year 13

Fundamentals of Chemistry (41%) – 2¼ hour written paper
Scientific Literacy in Chemistry (37%) – 2¼ hour written paper
Practical Skills in Chemistry (22%) – 1½ hour written paper
Practical endorsement in Chemistry – Non-examination assessment, internally assessed.

Entry requirements

Students should have gained a Grade B in GCSE Separate Science Chemistry or a Grade A in GCSE Additional Science (Co-ordinated Science). On occasion students who do not meet these criteria may be allowed on the course after a Year 11 Chemistry teacher’s recommendation.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Chemistry is one of the most marketable around, opening doors in the real world due to the skills it develops. It shows that you have the ability to analyse facts and interpret data in both numerical and literal forms. As such it is a qualification which is not only essential for many science-based courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Biosciences, Genetics, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences but also is a valid entry qualification for courses such as Law, Mathematics, Management and Computing. A degree in Chemistry not only allows you to follow a career involving Chemistry but is a sought after qualification for careers in finance, business and patent law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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