Chemistry is the most central of the sciences. New breakthroughs in fields such as genetics, biochemistry, medicine, forensics, nanotechnology, drug discovery, the environment and next-generation computer hardware are all driven by chemistry.
Chemistry is about the substances all around us. It is about elements and compounds and how they react.
In fact, we all do chemistry every day! As soon as you wake up in the morning, you start doing chemistry. Chemistry explains why an egg changes when you fry it and why your non-stick pan is non-sticky. Chemistry explains how soap and shampoo make you clean, why you feel tired before coffee and alert after it, and how the petrol in your car gets you to work.
Chemistry explains all this and much more, such as how the next generation of fuels can be produced sustainably, how new anticancer drugs might work, and what kinds of molecules are observed in interstellar space.
We follow the AQA GCSE Chemistry specification (8462) This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. At the end of Year 11 the students will sit two examinations. Each examination will be one hour and forty five minutes in length and worth 50% of the final grade. Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Tier.
- 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