Chemistry


Key Members of the Chemistry Department

  • Mrs C Purdy (HOD)
  • Miss F Breslin
  • Mr J Donnelly
  • Ms A Jordan
  • Ms E McCutcheon (Technician)


Chemistry is often described as the most versatile science. It is the subject most often required by universities for students to study medicine, dentistry and pharmacology, forensic and veterinary science, and chemical engineering.

 
It is a rewarding and challenging subject, particularly suited to pupils who enjoy problem solving.  It involves creative thinking and application of knowledge in unfamiliar situations.

GCSE Chemistry

All qualifications studied are with the CCEA examination board. The CCEA Chemistry microsite allows access to useful examination materials such as past papers and the specification.

GCSE Chemistry is studied either through Double Award Chemistry, as part of the GCSE Double Award in Science, or as one of the three separate science subjects.

Although the chemistry content is greater when taken as a separate subject the core content is the same for Double Award and ‘Triple ‘ Chemistry and so both pathways are a suitable preparation for A level Chemistry.

The GCSE Specification is unitised and pupils sit an examination at the end of Year 11 when they have studied Unit 1, they then sit another examination at the end of Year 12 after studying Unit 2. Pupils following the ‘Triple’ route must also complete a controlled assessment task, this is usually carried out in Term 1 of Year 12.

DA pupils carry out two Controlled Assessment tasks in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Each of their Controlled Assessment tasks accounts for 12.5% of the award.

The Controlled Assessment accounts for a total of 25% of the award in both cases.
 

 
The following topics are studied in ‘Triple’ Chemistry.

Unit 1: Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions and Analysis
  • Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
  • Atomic Structure
  • Bonding
  • Structures
  • Equations
  • Periodic Table
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Acids, Bases and Salts
  • Tests for Ions
  • Solubility

Unit 2: Further Chemical Reactions, Organic Chemistry and Materials

  • Reactivity Series of Metals
  • Water
  • Different Types of Chemical Reactions
  • Rates of Reaction
  • Non-Metals and their Compounds
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Materials

Summary of Examinations

 
   Unit 1 Unit 2
   Examination  Nature of Assessment  % of Award  Examination  Nature of Assessment  % of Award
 DA Chemistry  Summer Year 11  1 hour paper  11  Year 12  1 hour 15 mins paper  14
 Triple Chemistry  Summer Year 11  1 hour 30 mins paper  35  Year 12  1 hour 45 mins paper  40

AS & A2 Chemistry

Extra support is provided in Term 1 for those pupils who studied Double Award Chemistry.
 
All qualifications studied are with the CCEA examination board. The CCEA Chemistry microsite allows access to useful examination materials such as past papers and the specification.
 
There are six modules leading to the full A2 qualification.
 
AS 1 – Basic Concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
AS 2 – Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry
AS 3 – Practical Chemistry

A2 1 – Periodic Trends and Further Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
A2 2 – Analytical, Transition Metals, Electrochemistry and Further Organic Chemistry
A2 3 – Practical Techniques
 

 
Summary of Examinations
 
 Module  Nature of Assessment  Duration  Assessment Weighting (%)
       AS  A Level
 AS 1  Written Test  1 hour 30 mins  35  17.5
 AS 2  Written Test  1 hour 30 mins
 35  17.5
 AS 3  Practical Test  2 hours 30 mins  30  15.0
 A2 1  Written Test  2 hours  -  20.0
 A2 2  Written Test  2 hours  -  20.0
 A2 3  Practical Test  2 hours 30 mins  -  10.0


 
 

 

 

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