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Chemistry

"Students develop an understanding of the widespread importance of chemistry and the way materials are used in the world."
"Students develop an understanding of the widespread importance of chemistry and the way materials are used in the world."

Chemistry is the branch of Science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances. Through the course students develop an understanding of the unifying patterns and themes of chemistry.

Key Subject Aims

Students:

  • Further develop an appreciation of the practical nature of chemistry and develop experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques.
  • Develop an appreciation of the importance to scientific methods of accurate experimental work and reporting. 
  • Develop students’ ability to form hypotheses and design experiments to test them. 
  • Develop a logical approach to problem-solving in a wider context. 
  • Develop an understanding of the widespread importance of chemistry and the way materials are used in the world. 
  • Are shown the work of the chemist has social, industrial, technological, environmental and economic consequences for the community. 
  • Are prepared for more advanced courses in Chemistry or courses which require them to have knowledge of Chemistry.
  • IGCSE Chemistry

    Qualification: International GCSE Chemistry

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Syllabus/ Specification: IGCSE Chem / 4CHO

    Hours: 2 hours per week

    Subject Code: 10Ch / 11Ch

    Details: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/igcse09/chemistry/Pages/default.aspx


    Course Content

    Provides a sound foundation for progression to Edexcel GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced level, and other comparable post-16 qualifications.

    Units:

    • Principles of chemistry
    • Chemistry of the elements
    • Organic chemistry
    • Physical chemistry
    • Chemistry in society

    Final Assessment

    • Examination 100%
    • Single tier
    • Two exams. No coursework
    • Paper 1: 67%. This is a 120 mark two-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
    • Paper 2: 33%. This is a 60 mark one-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. 
  • Year 12 IAS Chemistry

    Qualification: International Advanced Level (IAL)

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Syllabus/ Specification: IAL Chemistry XCH01

    Subject Code: 12Ch

    Hours per week: 6 hours

    Details:  http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/chemistry.html


    Course Content

    A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, stimulating and rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. Edexcel’s aim is to provide a course that makes learning enjoyable and encourages students to be curious and enthusiastic about Chemistry.

    Assessment of A-level Chemistry is designed to be challenging while maintaining fair and balanced question papers. This includes testing synoptic understanding, knowledge of How Science Works and providing stretch and challenge.
    Following on from IGCSE Chemistry, The Edexcel International Advanced Level Chemistry syllabus builds on the knowledge and skills developed encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving, and the opportunity for independent progression in Science.

    Chemistry is a facilitating subject and can be used to support university applications for courses in a large number of disciplines.

    Topics covered

    Unit 1 The Core Principles of Chemistry

    Unit 2 Application of the Core Principles of Chemistry

    Unit 3 Chemistry Laboratory Skills I


    Assessment

    Students will sit three papers at the end of Year 12.

    • Unit 1 examination is 1 hour 30 minutes, 40% of IAS Chemistry or 20% of IAL Chemistry
    • Unit 2 examination is 1 hour 30 minutes, 40% of IAS Chemistry or 20% of IAL Chemistry
    • Unit 3 examination is 1 hour 15 minutes, 20% of IAS Chemistry or 10% of IAL Chemistry

    Progression

    Completion of the International AS Chemistry course will lead onto the second year of the IAL course in Year 13.

  • Year 13 A2 Chemistry

    Qualification: International Advanced Level (IAL)

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Syllabus/ Specification: IAL Chemistry YCH01

    Subject Code: 13Ch

    Hours per week: 6 hours

    Details: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/chemistry.html


    Course Content

    A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, stimulating and rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. Edexcel’s aim is to provide a course that makes learning enjoyable and encourages students to be curious and enthusiastic about Chemistry.

    Assessment of A-level Chemistry is designed to be challenging while maintaining fair and balanced question papers. This includes testing synoptic understanding, knowledge of How Science Works and providing stretch and challenge.
    Following on from IGCSE Chemistry, The Edexcel International Advanced Level Chemistry syllabus builds on the knowledge and skills developed encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving, and the opportunity for independent progression in Science.

    Chemistry is a facilitating subject and can be used to support university applications for courses in a large number of disciplines.

    Topics covered after completion of AS Chemistry:

    Year 13 A2 Chemistry

    Unit 4 General Principles of Chemistry l – Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry

    Unit 5 General Principles of Chemistry ll – Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry

    Unit 6 Chemistry Laboratory Skills II


    Assessment

    Students will sit three papers at the end of Year 13

    • Unit 4 examination is 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of IAL Chemistry
    • Unit 5 examination is 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of IAL Chemistry
    • Unit 6 examination is 1 hour 15 minutes, 10% of IAL Chemistry

    Progression

    Completion of the International A-Level Chemistry course will lead onto University courses in Chemistry, Medicine, Engineering and a range of other Scientific, Financial and Professional disciplines. 

"Students develop an understanding of the widespread importance of chemistry and the way materials are used in the world."