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Salters Advanced Chemistry OCR GCE Chemistry B (Salters). For first teaching September 2008 (H035/H435). Aims of Salters Advanced Chemistry. Emphasis on the ways in which chemistry is used - and the work that chemists do.

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salters advanced chemistry ocr gce chemistry b salters

Salters Advanced ChemistryOCR GCE Chemistry B (Salters)

For first teaching September 2008


aims of salters advanced chemistry
Aims of Salters Advanced Chemistry
  • Emphasis on the ways in which chemistry is used - and the work that chemists do.
  • Broadening the appeal of modern chemistry by showing how it relates to real lives.
  • Emphasis on the frontier areas of chemistry.
  • A wide range of teaching and learning activities.
  • Rigorous treatment of chemistry that will:

- lay foundations for further study.

- satisfy those who will study no further.

development of the course
Development of the course

Central team at York

Teachers’ & Technicians’ Guide support from York

Student material


Salters Advanced Chemistry Course


Heinemann (publishers)

  • Author team
  • school teachers
  • university lecturers
  • industry experts
  • examiners

AS/A level examination support from OCR

Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR)

how is the course different
How is the course different?
  • ‘Drip feeding’ of chemical ideas.
  • Chemical ideas are introduced on a ‘need to know’ basis.
  • Only enough chemistry is taught to facilitate understanding of the storyline at a particular point.
  • There is no need to cover large and difficult topics all in one go.
  • A topic may be visited several times throughout the course.
range of activities
Range of activities…
  • Laboratory experiments (open-ended, prescriptive).
  • Computer-linked work (modelling, word processing, spreadsheets).
  • Finding and using a range of resources.
  • Independent learning.
  • Preparing and giving a presentation.
  • Discussion in groups.
  • Data handling and analysis.
  • Model making.
  • Study skills.
integrated resources
Integrated resources

Chemical Storylines

Chemical Ideas


as coursework
AS coursework
  • Coursework has been made more meaningful, with fewer ‘hoops’.
  • Assesses practical skills I-V.
  • Skills II-V are assessed by means of certain

tasks marked against OCR mark schemes.

  • See Appendix B within the new specifications.
individual investigation
Individual Investigation
  • Candidates choose their subject.
  • Teacher advises.
  • Four week time period with 18 hours practical work.
  • Covering eight skill areas.
  • Internally assessed by teacher.
  • ‘Best fit’ assessment rather than hierarchical.
  • See Appendix B within the new specifications.
the salters experience
The Salters Experience
  • Increased numbers of students choosing to study AS/A level chemistry at school.
  • Increased motivation of both students and teachers.
  • Low drop-out rates during the course.
  • Improved examination performance.
  • Increased numbers of students choosing to study chemistry or chemistry-related subjects in higher education.
  • Series of one-day ‘Getting Started’ courses running from April-June 2008.

Details available online at:

  • Residential training courses run by the Salters project for teachers and technicians.

Details available from:

Sandra Wilmott

Or online at:

support for salters centres
Support for Salters Centres

Help from the University of York:

  • Telephone helpline.
  • Regular newsletter.
  • Training workshops for teachers and technicians.
  • Co-ordination of a network of local User Groups.
  • Teaching resources.
  • Website and online forum.
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Support for Salters Centres

Help from OCR:

  • Full range of INSET, including Examiner Feedback.
  • Examination reports.
  • Past question papers and mark schemes.
  • Coursework guidance materials.
important websites
Important websites

Salters Teachers’ Forum

(group name: SChem)

Salters Technicians’ Forum

(group name: Stech)

for more information contact
For more information, contact:

Chris Otter

Salters Advanced Chemistry Project

Department of Chemistry

University of York

York YO10 5DD, UK

Tel: 01904 432601 Fax: 01904 432605

Salters Advanced Chemistry website:

chemical ideas revised single volume book covering both as and a2
Chemical Ideas: revised single volume book covering both AS and A2…

Includes new ‘Greener Industry’ chapter and an appendix on ‘Experimental Techniques’.

Sections first needed at AS are indicated throughout the text and in the contents page.

interactive presentations for whole class teaching
Interactive Presentations: for whole class teaching…

Heinemann’s unique Resource Browser provides easy access to interactive resources - search by Chemical Storylines, Chemical Ideas or by Activity.

interactive presentations animations
Interactive Presentations: animations…

New animations have been developed to accompany the new ‘Greener Industry’ chapter.

as and a2 support packs with editable cd rom
AS and A2 Support Packs: with editable CD-ROM…

The Support Packs combine Activities & Assessment material and Teacher Support material in one resource. They comprise:

Materials to help you planand prepare…


A map of each module outlines the location of relevant materials in each resource.

Draft manuscript copy only


Concept maps show how the major chemical ideas in each module develop during the course.

Draft manuscript copy only


Activities include teacher support…

  • AS and A2 Support Packs include a broad range of activities, with separate notes and answers.
  • Advance warning of any materials or equipment that may need ordering is provided for each module.

Draft manuscript copy only


Materials to help you assessstudent progress…

  • AS and A2 Support Packs provide answers to all the assignments in Chemical Storylines and problems in Chemical Ideas, so you can assess knowledge easily.
  • End of Module Tests comprise exam-style questions covering each learning outcome, so you can help students to prepare effectively.
as and a2 revision guides revised from the current popular revision guides from heinemann
AS and A2 Revision Guides: revised from the current popular Revision Guides from Heinemann…
  • Concise coverage of the content required by the latest specifications.
  • Content organised into teaching modules within each exam unit to help with revision planning.
  • Bite-sized chunks of information to make it easier to organise revision time.
  • Tips on common pitfalls and advice on ways of tackling Salters exam questions.
  • Practice exam-style questions and answers for each module.
  • Quick check questions complete with answers so that students can check that they are on the right track.
  • An index to help students find what they want to revise.
publication dates and prices
Publication dates and prices

All prices are provisional until publication.

publication dates and prices continued
Publication dates and prices (continued)

All prices are provisional until publication.

purchasing the new resources
Purchasing the new resources

Prospective purchasers interested in details of preferential deals should contact Heinemann’s Sales and Marketing team on:

01865 888080

what else is available
What else is available?

An additional resource for teachers, technicians and students, managed by the University of York Science Education Group.


Links to the Heinemann marketing site, which offers the latest product information plus the opportunity to sign up for regular news eAlerts.

A mapping grid will be made available on the websites above in Spring 2008, matching resource content (including the current 2nd edition Chemical Ideas as well as the new edition) to the new specifications.


Download the new specifications plus other support including specimen assessment materials, past papers and a Practical Skills Handbook.