A high proportion of our A-Level students are successful in applying to top universities (both in the UK and abroad) for a variety of subjects, such as Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, as well many other related courses that will benefit from A-Level Chemistry.
There are five full-time teachers of Chemistry:
Our Chemistry courses at a glance
All of our courses include relevant practical chemistry activities where appropriate, many of which are in addition to those required by the GCSE and A-Level courses.
- Formulae & Equations
- Elements, compounds and mixtures
- The Periodic Table (including simple atomic structure).
- Metals and their compounds (including chemical reactions e.g. decomposition, neutralisation)
- Patterns of reactivity (including reduction and oxidation)
- Using chemistry (including chemical reactions e.g. combustion, oxidation)
- Environmental Chemistry
Year 9 – AQA GCSE Chemistry, specification 8462
- Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
- Formulae and equations
- Structure, Bonding and properties of matter
- Energy changes
Years 10 & 11 – GCSE Chemistry, AQA syllabus 8462 (continued)
Year 10 continues with GCSE Chemistry. There is a 1 hour 45 minute end of year examination, covering the GCSE content covered in both Year 9 and 10.
- The rate of chemical reaction
- Reactivity of metals and metal extraction, REDOX reactions
- Reactions of acids and salt making
- Electrolysis and electrochemical cells
- Quantitive chemistry
- Chemical analysis
Year 11 Chemistry leads to the GCSE examinations in the summer term, examining content taught in Years 9, 10 and 11. There are two 1 hour 45 minute written examination papers, covering all the GCSE content (topics are split between the two papers).
- Reversible reactions and equilibrium
- The chemical industry
- Introduction to organic chemistry and petrochemicals
- The atmosphere
- Further organic chemistry (carboxylic acids, alcohols, aminoacids)
- Polymers and natural polymers
- Using Earth's resources
Years 12 Chemistry (AQA specification 7404/7405)
- Atomic structure & bonding
- Amount of substance
- Introduction to organic chemistry (including alkanes)
- Energetics, kinetics and equilibria
- Groups 2 and 7
- Organic chemistry (haloalkanes, alkenes and alcohols)
- Analytical techniques (including time of flight mass spectrometry and infra-red spectroscopy)
Year 13 A-Level Chemistry (AQA specification 7405)
Year 13 study the AQA A-Level Chemistry course, which continues on from material covered in Year 12 for AS-Level Chemistry. View the specification for the current Year 13 AQA course.
- Further kinetics and equilibria
- Acids, bases and buffers
- Further organic chemistry including the homologous series' aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, acyl chlorides, arenes, amines, amino acids and DNA
- Structure determination (mass spectrometry, IR and NMR spectroscopy)
- Further thermodynamics
- Redox equilibria
- The Transition Metals
- Reactions of aqueous ions in solution
Practical skills are an essential aspect of chemistry, and are developed during Year 12 and 13. They are assessed in the written examination papers, testing the knowledge and understanding of a student, as well as the ability to apply it to unfamiliar situations. Certain practical activities are also recorded in the student’s lab book, and assessed, towards them achieving a ‘Pass’ for the practical component of the A-Level.