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Chemistry AS/A2 Level at Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Have you ever wondered why Kevlar body armour is so effective against bullets? Or how they make aspirin? Or how forensic chemists detect tiny quantities of poison in the bodies of murder victims? How do they produce all those colours in fireworks? There’s chemistry in everything around you – from the caffeine in your coffee to the genetic blueprint that made you who you are.

Chemistry is at the forefront of modern science. Leading the way in methods for decoding the human genome, developing medicines to treat AIDS and the common cold and helping us to understand the environment in which we live – and to protect it for future generations.

Course content

The Salters course is probably the most modern, up to date course available, and is particularly well thought of by universities throughout the UK. It starts with applications and develops the theory as required. It introduces chemical topics in one unit and then revisits them in later units, so that student learning has a chance to mature and is then reinforced.

The AS level starts with a grounding in the basics that you’ll need throughout your studies.

Units include:

• The Elements of Life
• Developing Fuels
• Elements from the Sea
• The Atmosphere
• The Polymer Revolution

The A2 year develops these ideas further. Units include:

• What’s in a medicine?
• The Materials Revolution
• The Thread of Life
• The Steel Story
• Agriculture and Industry
• Colour by Design
• The Oceans
• Medicines by Design

There are overlaps with Biology (genetics and biochemistry) and Physics (electrochemistry) but also subjects such as Geography (the atmosphere). It fits in well with a whole range of subjects from English to Psychology.

Entry requirements



Both AS and A2 are assessed by terminal examinations and by practical work carried out during the course.

Future opportunities

Taking Salters Chemistry at A level will leave you with a surprisingly large set of options when you’ve finished. Don’t think you’re tying yourself down to lab-based work. With a chemistry qualification you could pursue any of the following careers:

Art Restorer, Dentist, Doctor, Forensic Scientist, Oceanographer, Optician, Pharmacist, Photographer, Physiotherapist, Sports and Fitness Trainer, Vet and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years