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.
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.
Unit 1: Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions and Analysis
- Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
- Atomic Structure
- Periodic Table
- Quantitative Chemistry
- Acids, Bases and Salts
- Tests for Ions
Unit 2: Further Chemical Reactions, Organic Chemistry and Materials
- Reactivity Series of Metals
- Different Types of Chemical Reactions
- Rates of Reaction
- Non-Metals and their Compounds
- Organic Chemistry
- Quantitative Chemistry
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 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
|Module||Nature of Assessment||Duration||Assessment Weighting (%)|
|AS 1||Written Test||1 hour 30 mins||35||17.5|
|AS 2||Written Test|| 1 hour 30 mins
|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|