Chemistry GCSE

In Year 9 some care is taken at the outset to merge the experiences of those who come from various scientific backgrounds elsewhere and those who have been through our own Junior Department. For the first few months the pupils are introduced to elementary ideas of atomic structure and chemical bonding and the importance of the Periodic Table. Later in the year emphasis is on the use of symbolic chemical equations to describe a wide variety of chemical reactions. All this leads to a firm foundation of theory and fact upon which to building experience necessary for high performance at GCSE examinations.

Year 9 - finding ways to soften hard water
Finding ways to soften hard water

Through the course, Chemistry is taught by graduates who are fully involved in teaching the subject through to University entrance standard so that progression is assured and pupils can learn the skills, facts and essential ideas at appropriate times in their development.

All lessons are taken either in a laboratory or in our modern lecture-room/audio-visual centre. We attach importance to practical experience and use our laboratory facilities extensively. All of our laboratories are also equipped with computing facilities.

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A favourite end of term demo: igniting a water bottle containing a methanol
atmosphere mixed with boric acid to produce the visible green flame.

We teach both the AQA GCSE and AQA iGCSE Certificate Chemistry specifications. The latter has been introduced to aid those who aim to take Chemistry on to A-Level.

The AQA GCSE Chemistry is made up of four units, which include three written papers and an Individual Skills Assignment. The three written papers are taken in the summer term when the pupils are in their final year of the course.

The AQA iGCSE Certificate Chemistry is made up of two units which include two written papers and no coursework. The two written papers are taken in the summer term when the pupils are in their final year of the course.

GCSE Chemistry is very popular within the school and we are proud of a fine record in examinations.