Chemistry

KS3 Years 7 - 9

In Year 7 pupils study a range of chemistry topics including, safety in the laboratory, combustion, particles, physical and chemical changes and separation techniques.

In Year 8 they progress to study the Periodic table, elements and compounds, acids, bases and salts and solubility.

In Year 9 pupils undertake a study of chemical and material behaviour, and chemical patterns. This is then followed by an introduction to the GCSE course. 

KS4 Years 10 and 11 (GCSE)

For GCSE we are using the AQA specification. Topics that pupils will cover include:
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of chemical change
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources

Years 12 and 13

Students study Chemistry at A Level for a variety of reasons, ranging from having a tremendous enjoyment of the subject to needing an advanced qualification in the subject for their career aspirations, such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. Results are very strong and in 2015 92% of pupils taking A2 Chemistry achieved A*-B grades. 5 students were successful in gaining places to study medicine and 3 went on to study science-based courses at Oxbridge.

There are a number of enrichment opportunities for the Sixth Form pupils including:
• a visit to the Royal Society of Chemistry Christmas Lecture at the Open University
• a trip to a chemical company to experience industrial chemistry
• a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Masterclass where pupils are able to use equipment worth over £16,000 and get hands on experience with instrumental analysis.

The pupils have lessons with passionate subject specialists in a department with excellent facilities, from laboratory equipment to resources. 

Chemistry