Salters Chemistry builds on your experience of Chemistry at GCSE. It is a very practical course and looks at a range of issues. Examples of some of the topics are the following: the composition of fuels, how CFCs affect the ozone layer, the chemistry of transition metals, the formation of addition and condensation polymers, the acidification of oceans, the chemistry of coloured compounds 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. There is also significant application of mathematical concepts with a Chemistry based context.
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
- 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.
3 exams at the end of Year 13:
Paper 1: Fundamentals of Chemistry: (2 hours 15 minutes)
Multiple choice and structured questions
Paper 2: Scientific Literacy in Chemistry: (2 hours 15 minutes)
Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory, practical skills and chemical literacy questions covering theory, practical skills and chemical literacy
Paper 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry: (1 hour 30 minutes)
Questions related to theory and experimental design, analysis and interpretation of data, with a focus on the assessment of practical skills. A question on a practical Chemistry insert is also included in this paper.
Non-exam Assessment: Practical Endorsement:
Teacher assessed component where candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical tasks to demonstrate practical competence.
The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.
The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.
Chemistry requires a GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths and Chemistry or Combined Science.
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!