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In the chemistry department, we aim to:
- Stimulate an interest in and enjoyment of chemistry.
- To foster an understanding of the importance of chemistry in the modern world.
- To encourage the development of practical and analytical skills through regular, relevant practical work.
Years 10 - 11
We study the AQA specification at GCSE. Students will sit external examinations for this in the summer of Year 11. Students are entered either for Triple Science or Combined Science GCSEs. We encourage the development of knowledge and understanding in Chemistry by providing the students with opportunities for working scientifically.
We will complete a number of practical activities throughout the course. Students will need to be able to recall these practicals in the examinations. Students have access to lots of revision material on Moodle. We also recommend buying a copy of the CGP revision guide for AQA Chemistry. This is available through Parent Pay. The students have access to the online textbook on the Kerboodle website.
Topics we cover are:
- Atomic Structure and Periodic Table
- Bonding and Structure
- Quantitative Chemistry
- Chemical Changes
- Energy Changes
- Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
- Organic Chemistry
- Chemical Analysis
- Chemistry of the Atmosphere
- Using Resources
- All students will be given a login for the online text book on kerboodle, which covers all courses.
- Further course details and past papers can be found on Moodle and on the aqa website – Click the links for ‘Combined Science Trilogy’ or Chemistry for students studying these courses.
- BBC bitesize has useful revision for units 1 and 2 of the course.
- A more challenging but also helpful revision website is www.docbrown.info
Our students say:
- On making polymer slime: 'This is the best experiment ever!'
- 'I like the experiments'
Students follow the OCR Chemistry A specification. They will sit the Unit 1 and the Unit 2 examinations in June. Unit 3 consists of a number of practical assessments which will be done during lesson time from around December until early May.
- Unit 1 (30% of AS course) – Atoms, Bonds & Groups.
- Unit 2 (50% of AS course) – Chains, Energy & Resources.
- Unit 3 (20% of AS course) – Practical Skills in Chemistry 1.
Students follow the OCR Chemistry A specification. They will sit the Unit 4 and the Unit 5 examinations in June. Unit 6 consists of a number of practical assessments which will be done during lesson time from around December until early May. The AS course studied in year 12 counts as 50% of the whole A level.
- Unit 4 (15% of whole A level course) – Rings, Polymers & Analysis.
- Unit 5 (25% of whole A level course) –Equilibria, Energetics & Elements .
- Unit 6 (10% of AS course) – Practical Skills in Chemistry 2.
- All students are given a copy of the course text book for the duration of the course.
- Further course details and past papers can be found on Moodle and on the OCR website
- A challenging but helpful revision website is www.docbrown.info
Year 13 students will be offered the opportunity to attend a Spectroscopy workshop at Bristol University in September. There may be further opportunities to attend lectures later in the year.