Chemistry

Chemistry Subject Lead:   Miss S Stahl                                                                                                            Chemistry Teacher:           Mrs N Abdalla

The Science department believes that all students should be provided with a balanced Science education, which is both stimulating and enjoyable, and leads to an excellent knowledge and understanding of Science. This will enable the students to cope with life in a modern technological society. It will also give them on understanding of the problems in the world, and how science can be used to help solve them.


We believe in encouraging the natural curiosity of students, and endeavour to provide equal opportunities and an enriching education for students of all abilities. A "hands on" philosophy is engrained in our culture through investigative learning and extensive extra-curricular activities.
There are ten well-resourced purpose built Science laboratories.

KS3 INCLUDES YEAR 7 & 8

In Year 7 the topics studied are an Introductory module, nutrition and diet, solids, liquids and gases, cells and organisation, water and solutions, Earth and Space. 

In Year 8 the 6 topics studied are Forces, Reproduction, Earth Science, Human body, Elements, mixtures and compounds and Electricity and electromagnetism. 

KS4 INCLUDES YEAR 9, 10 & 11

Year 9 study the following topics: 
Atomic structure
Metal reactions (including reactivity series, displacement reactions, making salts)
Earth and Atmosphere
Organic chemistry (alkanes and alkenes)
 

Year 10 study
Chemical analysis
Energy in reactions
Rates of reactions
Structure and Bonding
Electrolysis
 

Year 11 students study:
Quantitative chemistry
Resources

Extra topics studied (separate science):
Chemical analysis (cation and anion tests)
Quantitative chemistry (further mole calculations, titration calculations)
Organic chemistry (alcohols, carboxylic acids, esters, polymers)

 

GCSE: AQA Chemistry 8462
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
 

KS5

Year 12 study the following topics:

Fundamentals of chemistry: atomic structure and isotopes, periodic trend in electron configuration and ionisation energy, amounts of substance, electron structure, qualitative analysis

Inorganic chemistry: acids, redox, bonding and structure, periodicity, group 2, halogens, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, enthalpy changes

Organic chemistry: Alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, haloalkanes,organic synthesis, analytical techniques.
 

Year 13 topics studied:

Inorganic chemistry: Rates, equilibrium, acids, bases, buffers, lattice enthalpy
enthalpy, entropy, redox and electrode potentials, transition elements, qualitative analysis

Organic chemistry: aromatic compounds, ccarbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, amino acids, amides, chirality , polyesters, polyamides, organic synthesis, chromatography, spectroscopy.

 

A Level: OCR A H432
https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015/

 

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