Chemistry

Chemistry is studied to GCSE level by all pupils and A Level Chemistry will be available from September 2017.

Chemistry starts as a discrete subject in Year 9. Most of the Key Stage 3 syllabus for chemistry is covered in Years 7 and 8, allowing us both to go beyond the National Curriculum and to start the GCSE content in Year 9.

Pupils are prepared for the AQA iGCSE Chemistry specification. This specification contains a broad range of chemical topics that are designed to engage and stimulate students’ interest in chemistry whilst providing the knowledge and understanding required for progression to A Level. The specification emphasises scientific knowledge, the application of science and the scientific process.

Topics include:

• The Fundamental Ideas of Chemistry (Atoms, Chemical Reactions and Calculations)
• Bonding and Structure
• The Chemistry of Air and Water
• The Periodic Table
• Acids, Bases and Salts
• Metals
• Rates of Reaction
• Crude Oil and Fuels
• Substances from Crude Oil including Polymers
• Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids and Esters
• Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
• The Production of Ammonia
• Electrolysis
• Analysis
Chemistry is an enquiry-based discipline involving practical and investigational skills and consequently at the Cedars there is an emphasis on hands-on experimental work in our well equipped laboratory.

We also have our own Science Enhancement Programme at the school and we take part in a wide range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) events organised in London and beyond.

GCSE Examination: AQA iGCSE Chemistry