Salters Advanced Chemistry OCR GCE Chemistry B (Salters) (H035/H435)

Salters Advanced Chemistry
OCR GCE Chemistry B (Salters)
For first teaching September 2008
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
• Rigorous treatment of chemistry that will:
- lay foundations for further study.
- satisfy those who will study no further.
Development of the course
Central team at York
Teachers’ & Technicians’
Guide support from York
Student material
Salters Advanced
Chemistry Course
Oxford, Cambridge
and RSA Examinations
AS/A level
support from OCR
Author team
school teachers
university lecturers
industry experts
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
• There is no need to cover large and difficult
topics all in one go.
• A topic may be visited several times
throughout the course.
How is the course different?
‘Drip feeding’ of chemical concepts
Intermolecular bonding
Teaching module
Area covered
Elements of Life
Bond polarity
What are we made of?
Elements from the Sea
Temporary and
permanent dipoles
Halogens and
halogenoalkanes in the sea
Polymer Revolution
Hydrogen bonding
Dissolving polymers
The Oceans
Hydrogen bonding
The role of the oceans in
global temperature control
Range of activities…
• Laboratory experiments (open-ended,
• 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
Chemical Storylines
Chemical Ideas
Chemical Storylines
Assessment at AS
Unit F331
Chemistry for Life
Unit F332
Chemistry of Natural
Unit F333
Chemistry in Practice
(internal assessment)
Elements of Life
Developing Fuels
Elements from the Sea
The Atmosphere
Polymer Revolution
Five practical skills
15% of A level
25% of A level
10% of A level
Written paper
1 hr 15 min
Written paper (one
question on an ‘Advance
Notice’ passage)
1 hr 45 min
Internal assessment of
skills using materials and
mark schemes provided
by OCR
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
Assessment at A2
Unit F334
Chemistry of Materials
Unit F335
Chemistry by Design
Unit F336
Chemistry Individual
(internal assessment)
What’s in a Medicine
The Materials Revolution
The Thread of Life
Steel Story
Agriculture and Industry
Colour by Design
The Oceans
Medicines by Design
Eight practical skills
15% of A level
20% of A level
15% of A level
Written paper
1 hr 30 min
Written paper
2 hrs
Internal assessment of
skills using generic
guidance provided by
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
• See Appendix B within the new
The Salters Experience
• Increased numbers of students choosing to
study AS/A level chemistry at school.
• Increased motivation of both students and
• 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.
A level Chemistry candidates
A level Chemistry Candidates 1991-2006
of candidates
Number of Candidates
year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
change in overall numbers of entrants
change in number of SAC entrants
• 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
[email protected]
Or online at:
Support for Salters Centres
Help from the University of York:
• Telephone helpline.
• Regular newsletter.
• Training workshops for teachers and
• Co-ordination of a network of local User Groups.
• Teaching resources.
• Website and online forum.
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
Salters Teachers’ Forum
(group name: SChem)
Salters Technicians’ Forum
(group name: Stech)
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
Email: [email protected]
Salters Advanced Chemistry website:
Fully revised resources for
OCR GCE Chemistry B (Salters)
AS & A2
Chemical Storylines: module opener…
Chemical Storylines: other features…
Chemical Ideas: revised single volume book
covering both AS and A2…
Includes new
‘Greener Industry’
chapter and an
appendix on
Sections first needed at AS are indicated
throughout the text and in the contents page.
Interactive Presentations: for whole class
Heinemann’s unique Resource Browser provides easy
access to interactive resources - search by Chemical
Storylines, Chemical Ideas or by Activity.
Interactive Presentations: video clips…
Interactive Presentations: animations…
New animations have been developed to accompany
the new ‘Greener Industry’ chapter.
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 plan and prepare…
A map of each module outlines the location of
relevant materials in each resource.
copy only
Concept maps show how the major chemical ideas
in each module develop during the course.
copy only
Activities include teacher support…
• AS and A2 Support Packs include a broad
range of activities, with separate notes and
• Advance warning of any materials or
equipment that may need ordering is
provided for each module.
copy only
Materials to help you assess student 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
AS and A2 Revision Guides: revised from the
current popular Revision Guides from
• 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
Publication dates and prices
Student books
Chemical Storylines AS
Spring 2008
Chemical Storylines A2
Spring 2009
Chemical Ideas AS/A2
Spring 2008
Teacher Resources
Support Pack AS
(Ring binder & editable CD-ROM)
Early Summer 2008
Support Pack A2
(Ring binder & editable CD-ROM)
Early Summer 2009
Interactive Presentations AS
Early Summer 2008
Interactive Presentations A2
Early Summer 2009
Electronic Resources
All prices are provisional until publication.
Publication dates and prices (continued)
Revision Guides
Revise AS Chemistry for Salters
Autumn 2008
Revise A2 Chemistry for Salters
Summer 2009
Early Summer 2008
Evaluation Pack
• Chemical Storylines AS
• Chemical Ideas
• Sample content from Support Pack AS
relating to ‘Elements of Life’ module
All prices are provisional until publication.
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?
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
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.