Chemistry

“Chlorine is a deadly poison gas employed on European battlefields in World War I. Sodium is a corrosive metal which burns upon contact with water. Together they make a placid and un-poisonous material, table salt. Why each of these substances has the properties it does is a subject called chemistry.” - Carl Sagan

 

 

                                                     

 

 

Overview:

The Chemistry Curriculum at GCSE is dictated by AQA and covers a diverse range of concepts. The majority of these build on prior knowledge gained from KS3 in Year 7-9. This is then further built on at A level.

Key Stage 4

In Triple Science students are studying towards an individual GCSE in Chemistry. The exam board is AQA.

Across the course students will study and explore a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Metals and their uses
  • Structure and bonding
  • Rates and energy
  • Energetics
  • Quantitative chemistry
 

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 curriculum

Students study an exciting, motivating and in depth course provided by Edexcel. The course covers a great range of key chemical concepts in detail. The course is ideal for higher education in Chemistry or any Chemistry related degree including Engineering. Topics covered include:

  • Kinetics and equilibria
  • Organic chemistry
  • Isomerism
  • Arenes
  • Electrochemistry
  • Organic analysis and synthesis
 

Extra-Curricular & Trips

The Chemistry Department runs several trips, and have guest speakers in for lectures and workshops across all year groups. There is also support and guidance offered in the form of extra-curricular clubs, study groups and a VLE.