Chemistry

KEY STAGE 3:

In Year 8 the Chemistry curriculum is delivered as a series of topics.  There is an emphasis on the development of practical skills via investigation and experimentation and that Chemistry can be lots of fun. The course introduces chemistry as the study of physical & chemical changes, trends and how materials are made. A number of topics are covered including:

Atoms and elements – materials and what they are made from, identifying elements, making new materials via combining elements, an introduction to the periodic table, chemical reactions and word equations.

Compounds and mixtures – investigate how the properties of a compound differ from the elements from which it is made, similarities and differences between compounds and mixtures, melting and boiling points of compounds and mixtures and compound chemical reactions.

Reactions of metals and metal compounds – discover the properties and uses of metals, investigate how metals, metal carbonates and metal oxides react with acids, make and investigate a range of salts and their uses.

 

KEY STAGE 4:

Edexcel IGCSE / Code: 4CH1

All students follow the IGCSE course from the beginning of Year 9. This gives time for consolidation and extension work where appropriate. The aims of the course are:

This course provides students with the opportunity to study and discuss the science behind materials, their development and the socio-economic and environmental issues linked to their use, along with developing skills in analysing and evaluating evidence from published scientific discoveries and their own practical work.

The Chemistry course is divided into five themes; Principles of Chemistry; Chemistry of the Elements; Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry and Chemistry in Society.  Within these themes there is ample opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the unifying concepts and patterns of Chemistry, to challenge their ideas and those of others, make hypotheses and test their theories, along with the development of practical skills. As a practical-based subject, experimental work is an inherent part of the course.

Post 16:

AQA A level / Code: 7405

The course will enable candidates to

Course Content 

Chemistry plays a vital role in the modern world. The press often condemn the chemical industries as destroyers of the environment but today’s modern industry is changing. It is striving towards improved, more environmentally-friendly ways of producing everyday items such as detergents, medicines and greener fuels. These social, cultural and environmental aspects, as well as theoretical and experimental Chemistry, are all considered in the study of Chemistry at A Level.

Topics to be studied include green chemistry, carbon compounds and their role in the manufacture of organic compounds such as polymers and pharmaceuticals, and quantitative chemistry.  Modern analytical techniques will also be studied.  These techniques provide an insight into the understanding of structures as used in Forensic Science and Synthesis.

Practical work is an integral part of the course.  A practical endorsement will be given (separate to the examination grade at the end of the two year course) for those students reaching the required level of competencies in a range of practical skills.

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