Salters AS & A2 Chemistry

At Brockwood we follow the OCR examination board. OCR has two categories for chemistry, namely chemistry A  and Chemistry B. Chemistry A is more traditional and topics are dealt with in a segregated manner and there are two separate text books for both the levels. While in Chemistry B, OCR write:

In contrast to the traditional ‘topic-based’ approach, Chemistry B (Salters) is ‘context-led’. Chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context, the course being written as a series of units based on contemporary issues in chemistry. Students study the chemistry in a spiral way so that chemical ideas, introduced in an early topic, are reinforced later..

In both the categories, candidates can sit for the AS exam in the first year and in the second year, they will sit for the A2 papers.

For students:

  1. Specification
  2. Video case study
  3. Get ready
  4. Summary brochure
  5. Practical skills handbook
  6. Publications

AS level Assessment:

Assessment Unit Content of Unit Weighting
AS Unit F331: Chemistry for Life Elements of Life
Developing Fuels
30% of AS GCE marks
AS Unit F332: Chemistry of Natural Resources Elements from the Sea
The Atmosphere
The Polymer Revolution
50% of AS GCE marks
AS Unit F333: Chemistry in Practice Five skills are assessed by the teacher during the AS course. 20% of AS GCE marks

A2 level Assessment:

Assessment Unit Content of Unit Weighting
A2 Unit F334: Chemistry of Materials What’s in a Medicine?
The Materials Revolution
The Thread of Life
Steel Story
15% of the total Advanced GCE marks
A2 Unit F335: Chemistry by Design Agriculture and Industry
Colour by Design
The Oceans
Medicines by Design
20% of the total Advanced GCE marks
A2 Unit F336: Chemistry Individual Investigation Candidates work on a chemical investigation of their choice. Their report is marked and authenticated by their teacher and moderated by OCR. 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks

Module Maps

AS Module Maps

A2 Module Maps


AS Storylines

Storyline Assessment unit
The Elements of Life is a study of the elements in the human body, the solar system and the universe. F331
Developing Fuels is a study of fuels and the contribution that chemists make to the development of better fuels. F331
The Elements from the Sea is a study of the extraction and uses of chlorine and bromine. F332
The Atmosphere is a study of two important chemical processes, the depletion of ozone in the upper atmosphere and the greenhouse effect in the lower atmosphere. F332
The Polymer Revolution tells the story of the development of addition polymers, many of which were the result of ‘accidental’ discoveries. F332

A2 storylines

Storyline Assessment unit
What’s in a Medicine? (WM) is the story of aspirin and illustrates some of the features of the pharmaceutical industry. F334
The Materials Revolution (MR)continues the story of polymers with a study of condensation polymers such as nylons and Kevlar, designed to have particular properties. F334
The Thread of Life (TL) is a study of proteins, the role of DNA in protein synthesis, and the use of chemistry to develop proteins with particular properties F334
The Steel Story (SS) focuses on steel as a material, the processes used to make it, and the prevention of its corrosion. F334
Agriculture and Industry (AI) is a study of the contribution that chemistry makes to ensure a safe and sufficient food supply F335
Colour by Design (CD) explains why some colours are coloured and describes the use of chemistry to provide colours to offer. F335
The Oceans (O) describes the role of the oceans in regulating the climate, in forming rocks and in supporting life. F335
Medicines by Design (MD) concerns the effects of chemicals on the body and the design of new pharmaceuticals. F335

For Teachers:

For Students

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