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 laboratories.

From Year 9 Chemistry is taught as a separate subject by specialists. At GCSE Level, pupils are prepared for the AQA 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:

  • 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

We 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.

Chemistry GCSE Specification is below and Chemistry is also a popular subject at A Level where we also follow the AQA specification.

GCSE AQA Chemistry Specification 
A Level AQA Chemistry Specification