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Chemistry A-level at The Oakes College (Netherhall School)

Course description

Salters Chemistry builds on your experience of chemistry at GCSE.  It is a very practical course and looks at a range of issues including fuels, atmosphere, metals, polymers, oceans, colour and biochemical sciences.

The course is context-led conveying the excitement of contemporary chemistry.  Ideas are introduced in a spiral way with topics introduced in an early part of the course, reinforced and extended later.  There is a particular emphasis on developing a wide range of practical skills and adopting a problem-solving approach to practical work.


Course content

Year 12 Units:

  • Elements of Life
  • Developing Fuels
  • Elements from the Sea
  • The Ozone Story
  • What’s in a Medicine?

Year 13 Units:

  • The Chemical Industry
  • Polymers and Life
  • Oceans
  • Developing Metals
  • Colour by Design

Practical work is carried out throughout the course and specific skills assessed for the Practical Endorsement.  Other practical skills are assessed in the written papers.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.

Chemistry – requires a GCSE Grade 6 or B or above in:  Maths and Chemistry or Combined Science.


3 exams at the end of Year 13 for A-level Chemistry:

Paper 1:  Fundamentals of Chemistry: (2.25 hrs)
Multiple choice and structured questions

Paper 2:  Chemical Literacy: (2.25 hrs)
Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory, practical skills and chemical literacy

Paper 3:  Practical Skills in Chemistry: (1.5 hrs)
Questions related to theory and experimental design, analysis and interpretation of data, with a focus on the assessment of practical skills.

Non-exam Assessment:   Practical Endorsement:
Teacher assessed component where candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical tasks to demonstrate practical competence.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Biology, Physics or Maths, which could lead onto higher education in science related subjects or more STEM-linked  higher education courses.

With further training an A-level Chemistry qualification could lead to a career in a variety of professions that range from a biochemist, chemical engineer, optometrist, toxicologist or even a teacher!

Further information

Contact: Miss K Forrest for further information:

Delivery: Full-time

Open Evening:  16 October 2018

Application Deadline:   15 January 2019

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: 27 September 2018
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