Chemistry

Key Stage 3

We follow the Collins Key Stage 3 Science course.
This course places a lot of emphasis on not only practical skills and activities, but also real life applications of Chemistry. Our aim is to enhance our students' enjoyment of Chemistry and increase their awareness on just how relevant and important it is to our everyday lives.

Over the two years, the students will study the following:

  • Safety in the laboratory
  • Separating mixtures
  • Solubility
  • Elements and compounds
  • The Periodic Table
  • Atomic structure
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Metalloids
  • Chemical changes
  • Oxidation and combustion
  • States of matter
  • Changes of state
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Neutralisation and making salts
  • Extracting metals and displacement
  • Energy changes
  • Properties of materials
  • Green chemistry

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop many key scientific skills:
Practical skills - most important is being able to using scientific equipment, chemicals or heating substances safely. They will also be taught to take various types of measurements accurately.
Analytical skills - students will learn how to record, interpret and use data from experiments or secondary sources. How to draw and interpret appropriate graphs. Applying knowledge - students will be encouraged to apply their core chemistry knowledge to unfamiliar contexts or scenarios and make links to the chemical processes in the world around them. Developing this skill will really help them with their GCSE courses in the future as exam questions are very much about how science works.

Assessment

Students will be assessed in a range of skills.
There will be cumulative assessments throughout the year. The assessments will include questions on recent topics studied but also questions from previous units to encourage our students to keep reviewing and revising their work.

Key Stage 4

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board and syllabus

AQA Chemistry 8462

Programme of Study

GCSE Chemistry gives our students the opportunity to gain a good understanding of:

  • The nature of substances and how they react together.
  • How Chemistry is used in business and industry.
  • How the use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environments.

The specification is designed to help students understand how to formulate a scientific approach to appreciating and explaining the world, as well as solving problems. This means that the 'How Science Works' approach is integrated throughout the specification.

Learning/Teaching Approach

The specification is structured in a way that starts with the fundamental ideas in Chemistry, putting the building blocks in place. Topics include structure and bonding, the periodic table, rates of reaction and analysis.
Practical work is an integral part of the course and will help to consolidate and strengthen the theory side.

Assessment

Assessment will compose of 2 final exams in Year 11, both 1hour 45 minutes and worth 50% each. The exams will contain multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. There is no coursework or controlled assessment component.

What it leads to

It is suitable for students of all abilities, whether they intend further study in Science or not. The analytical, problem solving and evaluative skills gained through studying Chemistry GCSE are very important and transferrable to many other fields.

We hope to encourage more of our girls into studying Chemistry for A-level.

A-level chemistry is vital for any student wishing to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and pharmacy to name but a few. If working in these fields appeal to you, then Chemistry GCSE is your starting point.

Additional Points

This is a new course for 2015-18 candidates

All pupils will take separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Year 9 from September 2015.

Tier of Entry

Foundation/Higher Tier.