Chemistry

Chemistry is a fascinating subject which helps students to understand and appreciate the many wonders of the world from the atomic to the macroscopic level. We cover many diverse topics from rates of reaction to the chemistry of crude oil, from equilibria to the chemistry of colour.

At A–level, Chemistry is a facilitating subject – one that is highly regarded by all universities and an essential course for those wishing to pursue Medicine as a career. We are a very popular course at A-level and are lucky to five truly expert A-level teachers to guide you on your chemistry journey.

The students in Key Stage 3 follow the science curriculum.  This is described on the science curriculum information page.

Key Stage 4
Students who study Chemistry as a separate science will be rewarded with a rich and varied course covering a large range of interesting and challenging topics, including:

Rates of reaction

Organic chemistry

Reversible reactions and equilibria

Chemical analysis and testing

The atmosphere and climate change

…and many more

At the end of Year 11 students will sit two Chemistry papers, each of which takes 1hr 45min.

The Chemistry course is best suited to the most able student in the year group as the pace is fast and the expectation is that students will be highly self- motivated learners.

Exam Board: AQA (specification 8462)

For further details please visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Key Stage 5
Students who opt to study Chemistry at A–level will follow the AQA syllabus. This is an excellent course which covers a wide and varied scope of chemical ideas. There is also a significant practical element and a real focus on the development of scientific skill.

At the end of the two year course students will sit three exams, each of which is 2 hours long.

Paper 1 tests Physical and Inorganic Chemistry.

Paper 2 tests Physical and Organic Chemistry.

Paper 3 tests all content from the course with an emphasis on practical skills.

Exam Board: AQA (Specification 7405)

For further details please visit:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

For further information about the Chemistry curriculum please contact:

Dr Norton

Head of Chemistry Department