• To provide a worthwhile educational experience for all pupils at all levels.
• To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Chemistry and to equip all students for further studies requiring a scientific background.
• Develop safe experimental and investigative abilities.
• Encourage effective communication and social skills in working with others.
• To acquire a systematic body of Chemical knowledge, including the uses and limitations of Chemistry.
• Develop an understanding of technological, economic, environmental, social and ethical applications / implications of chemical processes as well prepared citizens in a scientific and technological world.
Students should be able to:
• Make use of existing scientific knowledge and ideas where appropriate (e.g. on transferring from junior school).
• Understand, recall and apply the knowledge set out in the syllabus for each year group and be well prepared to meet the demands of external examination boards.
• Communicate chemical observations, ideas and arguments, using a range of scientific terms and vocabulary, both orally and in writing.
• Solve qualitative and quantitative problems where appropriate.
• Demonstrate a range of practical skills including:
• following a detailed set of instructions
• selection and use of chemical apparatus with confidence
• devising fair tests when working with several variables
• observation, recording and manipulation of results
• concluding and evaluating including suggesting improvements.
• Develop a degree of responsibility for their own learning.
• Be aware of Health and Safety implications for themselves and others.
• Have the opportunity for the use of I.C.T. as a source of information and as a tool in the collection and processing of results.
Key Stage 5
AS Chemistry and A-level Chemistry are now de-coupled. That means they are stand-alone qualifications from September 2015 teaching. The first new AS examinations were in June 2016 and the new (full) A-level examinations are in June 2017.
None of the marks obtained for the AS qualification are carried forward for the A-level qualification. This means that the new A-level will examine the full course after two years of learning.
Year 12 Content
The Periodic Table
Oil & Alkanes
Year 13 Content
Acids & bases
Period 3 elements
Reactions of inorganic ions
Spectroscopy & Chromatography
These are assessed by the teacher during lessons. If a student passes it will be reported on the certificate. Otherwise not. Practical questions also appear on the written examinations. We do lots of practical work.
Facilities & Resources
a) Text Books
AQA Chemistry A-Level Year 1 and AS
On-line Kerboodle access
AQA Chemistry A-Level
Calculations for A level (optional)
Chemical data book
AQA Modular Study Guides
Lister & Renshaw
Oxford University Press
A selection of text books are also available for the pupils in the school library.
A selection of reference books are available for staff in the H.O.D room.
C3 is a small laboratory and is mainly used for 6th form groups or small groups in other years
Laboratories C1, C4 and C5 are larger and can be used with any year group.
C1 was refurbished in 1999 and the refurbishment of C4 was completed in 2004.
C6 is used by students for Directed Learning sessions and for after school revision.
The Chemistry Lecture Theatre, C2, has a demonstration bench and was refurbished in 2008.
A general ICT suite (ICT 1), is also available (but this is a whole school resource and requires booking in advance).
2 preparation rooms (one for Years 10/11 & A-level and one for years 7 - 9).
1 staff room, 1 H.O.D. room.
1 flammable liquids store
1 equipment storage area.
Trips & Visits
• MMU Synthesis and Spectrocsopy Day (Year 13)
• A-level Science Live (Year 12 & 13)
• Analyst Competition (Year 12)
• Year 12 Revision (Mondays after school in C6)
• Year 13 Revision (Mondays after school in C4)
• Year 12/13 Drop in Clinic (Tuesday lunchtime in C6)
• Chemistry Olympiad