Chemistry is the science of matter, what it is made from, what its properties are, how it is structured and how it reacts. It is the central science, overlapping with aspects of both Biology and Physics. By studying Chemistry you will develop not only a much deeper understanding of chemical principles but you will also improve you analytical and evaluative skills as well as your ability to communicate effectively and to problem solve. It is an inherently practical subject and in all years there will be a significant amount of practical work undertaken.
Key Stage 3
Chemistry is divided into a number of topics which span Years 7 – 8. The emphasis is on scientific enquiry, such as scientific evidence and investigative skills, as well as chemical knowledge, skills and understanding.
During the course the students will study a wide range of topics which include particle theory, practical techniques, acids and alkalis, elements, compounds and mixtures, metals and reactivity.
Key Stage 4 GCSE
From Year 9 onwards students will study the AQA Chemistry Specification. The specification provides the basis for a wide range of studies which include atomic structure, bonding, quantitative chemistry, analytical techniques and the periodic table. The emphasis is very much on the students acquiring a sound factual base which can be applied to new situations, as well as learning to employ the correct chemical terminology. The development of a sound understanding of How Science Works will also be essential to success in the GCSE Sciences.
Sixth Form studies
Chemistry is one of the most popular courses in the Sixth Form; it is an essential requirement for students considering careers in Medicine, Veterinary Science of Dentistry as well as is being good preparation for many other careers due to its emphasis on logical thinking and problem-solving.
A level Chemistry
At A-level students study the OCR Chemistry A specification. The aim of the course is to encourage the students to:
- develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry;
- appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
- develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding ofHow Science Works;
- develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.
The course is a linear in nature and contains content designed to be taught in Year 12 that then builds to support the content taught in Year 13. The only external assessment of the course will come at the end of Year 13 where students will sit three written examinations.
Extra Curricular Chemistry
Year 7 Science Club
The Year 7 science club is held twice a half term for students to take part in a range of science related activities.
Biology & Chemistry Society
The Biology & Chemistry Society is held weekly and is an opportunity for students in Years 10-13 to attend (and present) talks on areas of chemistry that are of interest to them.
We endeavour to provide our students with the opportunity to extend themselves beyond the curriculum that they study. We enter students into a range of competitions during the year, which include:
- Top of the Bench Competition
- Cambridge Chemistry Competition
- International Chemistry Olympiad
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