Chemistry

To challenge students whose have career ambitions as doctors or any profession within the medical or chemical industries.

YEAR 7 -9 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

In years 7 and 8 the pupils study chemistry as part of the science course, and in year 9 they study chemistry. During these years they look at the topics of elements, compounds, reactions, materials, chemical changes and physical changes. At beginning of spring term in year 9 they begin looking at the GCSE topics.

 

GCSE CURRICULUM OUTLINE

The following topics are covered:

States of matter and mixtures, chemical changes, extracting metals, groups in the periodic table, rates of reaction and energy changes, fuels and Earth science. The students must also complete 12 key practical segments which are assessed during the final examination.

A LEVEL CURRICULUM OUTLINE

Physical chemistry

Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria, oxidation, reduction, thermodynamics, rate equations, acids and bases.

Inorganic chemistry

Periodicity, Group 2, Group 7, properties of Period 3 elements, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solutions.

Organic chemistry

Introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones.

The pupils also have to complete practical skills and are assessed during the examinations on the key elements taught.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES/ FIELD TRIPS

Each year there are trips to a number of university or industrial establishments.

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