Senior School

GCSE Chemistry

This course is delivered by subject specialists. Pupils are timetabled for 3 periods of Chemistry per week which will include a double period for practical work. New specifications for Science are now in place and our GCSE curriculum for Chemistry mirrors these national changes. The new specification will be taught to S4 pupils from September 2011. It has three teaching and learning units and a controlled assessment unit. This course provides a firm foundation for progression to study AS and A Level Chemistry in the Sixth Form.
Unit contents are given below.

Unit 1 (25% of the overall assessment)

Fundamental Ideas including Simple Atomic Structure, Limestone and Building Materials, Metals and their Uses, Crude Oil and Fuels, Plant Oils and their Uses, Changes in the Earth and Its Atmosphere.

Unit 2 (25% of the overall assessment)

Structure and Bonding, How Structure Influences the Properties and Uses of Substances, Atomic Structure, Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry, Rates of Reaction, Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions, Acids Bases and Salts, Electrolysis.

Unit 3 (25% of the overall assessment)

The Periodic Table, Water, Calculating Energy Changes, Further Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry, Production of Ammonia, Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids and Esters.

Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment (25% of the overall assessment)

Students independently develop their own hypothesis and research possible methods for carrying out an experiment to test their hypothesis. They will also take an ISA test which consists of two parts. Section 1 asks questions relating to the student's own research. The students carry out their investigation and analyse their results. Section 2 consists of questions related to the experiment the students have carried out.

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