What does this qualification cover?
Chemistry is the study of changes to the structure of matter, through combining and recombining atoms and molecules. It involves a comprehensive dive into the world of matter, through the lens of chemical reactions and processes. From the complexities of ions and isotopes to the myriad ways that organic carbon compounds can be arranged, we look at how chemical processes are at the heart of today’s modern technological world. Delving into the heart of processes like the manufacture of fertilisers, extraction of petroleum products and the purification of metals, this qualification equips our students with a comprehensive understanding of the scientific themes that shape our world today.
The topics covered in this course are:
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
- Quantitative chemistry
- Chemical changes
- Energy changes
- The rate and extent of chemical change
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical analysis
- Chemistry of the atmosphere
- Using resources
At the end of year 11, our students sit 2 papers in Chemistry, each one worth 100 marks and 105 mins long. Students will receive one separate Science GCSE grade for Chemistry.
- At least 8 practical experiments over the two year course, allowing for plenty of inquiry into the world of organic and inorganic chemistry, and providing students with a hands-on approach to their learning
- Comprehensive schemes of work and pedagogy, as well as access to past papers, mark schemes, examiner reports, specimen papers and a vast array of resources developed by our experienced teaching staff
- Differentiated learning materials tailored to every student’s needs
- State-of-the-art laboratories for testing various scientific principles, techniques or experiments, including key processes such as distillation, chromatography, electrolysis and more
Links to workplace
The main employers of chemistry graduates are in the chemical and related industries, such as:
- Plastics and polymers
However, one can also find opportunities with employers in other sectors, including the food and drink industry, utilities and research, health and medical organisations, the government and scientific research organisations and agencies.
Chemistry graduates could also find employment in schools, colleges and universities, as well as by computer software development companies, environment consultancies and water companies.