A Level Chemistry B (Salters)

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Chemistry B (Salters)
Code H433
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3


The OCR Salters Chemistry B course is a ‘context-led’ approach to chemical concepts based on contemporary issues in Chemistry. Some of the ideas that you will learn about include: the development of fuels, industrial processes and the environmental impact of obtaining and using chemicals. These ideas are fundamental in understanding the ways that society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences can contribute to the success of the economy and society. The practical endorsement aspect of the course will allow you to develop competence in the laboratory, through experimental activities that support the teaching of each topic


The A Level in Chemistry B (Salters) specification content is divided into three sections as below: 

Section 2c – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Section 2d – Storylines

  1. Elements of life
  2. Developing fuels
  3. Elements from the sea
  4. The ozone story
  5. What’s in a medicine?
  6. The chemical industry
  7. Polymers and life
  8. Oceans
  9. Developing metals
  10. Colour by design

Section 2e – Chemical literacy

How will it be delivered?

You will sit three examinations at the end of your two years of study: 

Paper 1: Fundamentals of Chemistry 

A 2 hour 15 minute written exam contributing 41% to your final A Level grade which contains a multiple choice section and a written answer section. 

Paper 2: Scientific Literacy in Chemistry 

A 2 hour 15-minute written exam contributing 37% to your final A Level grade which contains written answer questions and a section of questions based on a pre-release article.

Paper 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry 

A 1 hour 30 minute written exam contributing 22% to your final A Level grade which contains written answer questions about the experiments covered in each topic of the course 

Practical Endorsement in Chemistry 

• A set of practical experiments are covered during the course; 

• A pass/fail grade is achieved and is reported separately from the final A level grade 

Entry requirements

GCSE Level 7 in Chemistry or Combined Science Level 77

Sixth Form entry also requires:  

• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics 

• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5  

Your next steps...

A Level Chemistry is aimed at students who really enjoy Chemistry and those who possibly need it for Science-based university courses, or for those that will need it in their future career. Many students go on to university to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, and other courses related to Chemistry. Many of our students have found undertaking a program of work experience in the local chemical industry has supported their studies, particularly their laboratory based skills.