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.


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. 

In Year 9 students 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


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


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