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AS/A2 Chemistry at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle

Course description

In contrast to the traditional ‘topic-based’ approach, the course is ‘context-led’. Chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context, as the course is divided into a series of teaching modules based on contemporary issues in chemistry. Chemistry concepts are studied in a spiral way so that they are introduced in an early topic and reinforced later. The ‘drip-feed’ approach to teaching and learning chemical concepts allows students to revisit concepts several times during the course, each time extending their knowledge and understanding.


The Salters Advanced Chemistry course is divided into teaching sections (themes), five in AS and eight in A2. Chemistry is a practical-based subject and as such centres around experimental work carried out on an individual, small group or teacher demonstration basis.


Subjects that would go well with Chemistry at AS or A level are Biology, Mathematics or Physics. However, other combinations, including Geology, Geography and Food Technology are also suitable. You may be concentrating on arts, humanities or modern language courses and wish to take Chemistry to AS level to broaden your studies. Grade B in Mathematics is desirable as there is an emphasis on use and application of quantitative concepts throughout the course.

Entry requirements

In order to study AS Chemistry you will need to have at least Grade B in GCSE Chemistry or in Additional Science.

Future opportunities


An A or AS qualification in Chemistry helps gain access to a wide range of Higher Education courses. Chemistry develops the ability to think logically, to be creative, numerate and analytical. As such it is an excellent preparation for many careers, both scientific and non-scientific. Students who have taken Chemistry are to be found in areas as diverse as forensic science, finance, law, politics, computing and purchasing, as well as agriculture, conservation, veterinary science, medicine, food technology, geology and art restoration.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years