New editions of Salters’ Advanced A-Level science materials

Posted on 29 July 2015

The University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) have published the 3rd editions of their Salters’ Advanced A-Level science courses for Physics, Chemistry and Biology.


The materials are developed by UYSEG as companions to the practical assessment method. They have been updated to incorporate the key changes made recently to A-Level science, such as the AS becoming a stand-alone qualification, as well as to match the 2015 Edexcel specifications, the body who examine the course.

Elizabeth Swinbank, director of the Salters Horners Advanced Physics (SHAP) course, stated that the context behind the course, as well as the involvement of various groups, is what makes the publications successful:

“The SHAP course is context-led, meaning that it draws on a whole host of fields, from industrial applications such as the food industry, to frontier research in cosmology.

The teams for the initial and subsequent developments have benefited immensely from the contributions made by teachers, technicians, examiners, writers and researchers from throughout the UK, based in schools, colleges, universities, industry, research organisations and learned societies.”

Since the launch of the Salters' Advanced Chemistry course in 1991, the name has continued to grow through the development of the Advanced Physics and Advanced Biology programmes, with the Chemistry version being studied by over 17,000 students across the UK.

The materials include course text books, teacher guides and online resources.  They are written by the only specialist university-based science education curriculum developers in the country. The team of writers includes specialists with vast experience of teaching, publishing and researching.

More information on Salters’ latest editions, and more science education research and initiatives are available on the UYSEG web pages and blog.