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Chemistry B AS/A level (Salters) at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy

Course description

The Salter’s Chemistry course looks at Chemistry in context; you will study fundamental concepts in Chemistry as they are used in real world situations. The course complements work in Biology and Physics but can be study as a single Science subject. It is suitable for anyone who is interested in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Course content

The OCR Chemistry B (Salters) course is assessed by two external examinations at AS, or three at A2. The AS and A2 courses are standalone, as the AS course no longer counts towards the A level in Chemistry.

At AS level, four modules are covered. They are - Module 1: Development of Practical Skills, Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry, Module 3: The Periodic Table and Energy and Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry. Practical skills are assessed through examination, with the content covered in Module 1. If you decide instead to study Chemistry to a full A level, you will cover these four modules plus two more, Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements and Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis.

You will also gain a separate practical skills endorsement on the two year A level course, based on teacher assessments. With the Chemistry B (Salters) course, you will study chemistry in a range of different contexts, conveying the excitement of contemporary chemistry. Ideas are introduced in a spiral way with topics introduced in an early part of the course reinforced later.

This course will place a particular emphasis on an investigational and problem-solving approach to practical work and is supported by extensive new materials developed by the University of York Science Education Group.

Entry requirements

To study AS level Chemistry (Salters) at Abbey Grange Cof E Academy you will require either grade 6 or above in Core Science and Additional Science at GCSE or grade 6 or above in Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs. In addition you will need 5 grade or above in GCSE English and Maths.


The course is assessed by two external examinations at AS, or three at A2. Prcactical skills are assessed through examination at AS with the content covered in Module 1 and you will also gain a separate practcial skills endorsement on the two year A Level course, this is based on teacher assessments 

The AS course no longer counts towards full A Level in Chemistry.

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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13