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Chemistry

Chemistry is the science concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, as well as the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions.

Chemistry is often referred to as the central science which links both Biology and Physics. The study of Chemistry focuses on the nature of substances and how they react together and the subject is taught using a wide range of resources and teaching strategies to engage students in an investigative approach to learning.

Through the study of Chemistry students  will use and develop key skills in communication, application of number, ICT, decision making, team working, and problem solving. Thinking skills are developed through engagement in the processes of scientific enquiry. All students study Chemistry from Year 7 and begin GCSE study at the beginning of Year 9. Students are placed in sets in Year 9 according to their ability. Most students are entered for the AQA GCSE qualification in Chemistry at the end of Year 11 and demand for Chemistry in the Sixth Form is very high. Currently we have five groups following the AQA Chemistry specification to AS Level and four groups to A2 Level.


KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

  • Chemical and Physical Changes
  • Elements, Mixtures and Compounds
  • Methods of separation
  • Air and the Preparation of Gases
  • Acids, Alkalis and Indicators

Year 8

  • States of matter
  • Periodic table
  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Energy changes
  • Geology

Useful links and websites

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science

www.ks3science.me.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/chemistry

Assessment information

Student progress is assessed by a series of cross cohort tests in each key topic area. In addition there is an end of year examination which examines all key topic areas.


KEY STAGE 4

Year 9

  • Atoms, Elements and Compounds
  • Rocks and Building Materials
  • Metals and their uses
  • Crude Oil and Fuels
  • Products from Oil
  • Plant Oils
  • Earth and Atmosphere

Year 10

  • Structure and Bonding
  • Structure and Properties
  • Chemical Calculations and the Mole
  • Rates and Energy
  • Acids, Bases and Salts
  • Electrolysis

Year 11

Periodic Table

  • Water
  • Energy Calculations
  • Analytical techniques
  • Organic Chemistry

Useful links and websites

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science

www.ks3science.me.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/chemistry

www.aqa.org.uk

Assessment information

Students complete a controlled assessment unit which accounts for 25% of the overall marks.

AQA Examination board (the website has a variety of resources including access to past papers and mark-schemes and revision support material). www.aqa.org.uk


KEY STAGE 5

Students are provided with topic workbooks and access to electronic resources for each module.

Year 12

Unit 1:

  • Foundation Chemistry
  • Particles, composition of the nucleus, isotopes and use of mass spectrometer
  • Calculating the amount of substance
  • Ionic, covalent and metallic bonding and intermolecular forces
  • The construction of the periodic table
  • Organic chemistry
  • Alkanes from crude oil.

Unit 2:

  • Chemistry in Action
  • Collision theory and effect
  • Definitions of oxidation and reduction
  • Redox properties of halogens and halideions
  • The extraction of Metals
  • Haloalkanes and alkenes

Unit 3: Practical EMPA

Year 13

Unit 4:

  • Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • Kinetic and equilibria
  • Acids, bases and buffer solutions and the changes in pH during titrations
  • Organic compounds containing the carbonyl group, aromatic compounds, amines, amino acids and polymers.
  • Spectroscopic techniques

Unit 5:

  • Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Periodicity
  • Redox equilibria
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of inorganic compounds in aqueous solution

Unit 6: Practical EMPA

Useful links and websites

www.aqa.org.uk

www.chemguide.co.uk

Assessment information

The AQA website has a variety of resources including access to past papers and mark-schemes and revision support material.