Chemistry

Chemistry is a challenging and stimulating subject.  It has played a major role in improving living standards and is one of the most successful industries in the UK.   As a subject, Chemistry invites students to think creatively about solutions to problems.  At The Misbourne, our aim is to provide our students with a union of hands-on experience of chemical reactions and theory which will underpin their ability to apply existing knowledge in new situations. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7and  8)

Students study chemistry in each year of this Key Stage. They will be regularly assessed on their knowledge and understanding using end of topic tests and on-going teacher assessment. Skills learned in lessons can include practical and observational skills, discussion, invention and working together.

Topics studied in Years 7, 8 and 9 are:

  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids & alkalis
  • The periodic table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth
  • New technology in Chemistry
  • Evidence for new ideas in Chemistry
  • Forensics in Chemistry

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) (Exam Board: AQA)

We enter students for GCSE exams with AQA.  Most students study GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy 8465) – this course leads to two GCSEs.  Higher ability students will study for triple science and gain GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  All courses are linear with all exams taken at the end of year 11.  During the course there are required practical’s, which are examined during the written papers.  There is no longer a coursework element of the GCSE course.  Students taking triple science will have three teachers – and be taught each science separately.  Students taking Combined Science will have Chemistry modules taught as separate units by their science teachers. 

Combined Science (Trilogy 8464) (Year 9, 10 and 11)

  • Atomic Structure
  • The Periodic Table
  • Structure & Bonding
  • Chemical Calculations
  • Chemical Changes
  • Electrolysis
  • Energy Changes
  • Rates & Equilibrium
  • Crude Oil & Fuels
  • Chemical Analysis
  • The Earth’s Atmosphere
  • The Earth’s Resources

GCSE Chemistry

Students will study all of the topics above – and in addition they will study:

  • Organic Reactions
  • Polymers
  • Using Our Resources

 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) A level Chemistry H432 (Exam Board: OCR)

A chemistry qualification at A Level provides the necessary skills to follow any science-related degree course or profession. In most cases, chemistry is an essential subject for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and some biological sciences.  It is also accepted for non-science careers such as accountancy and law. 

Subject specific entrance requirements

  • Grade B minimum for GCSE Core & Additional Science (including a grade B on all chemistry modules), or a B at GCSE Chemistry.
  • GCSE Maths & English at grade 6 is recommended.
  •  Students should also study A level mathematics.

Teaching and learning styles

Lessons involve a wide and varied range of activities including experimental work, formal presentation of new ideas and concepts, discussion and student presentations. The course is designed to ensure:

  • Learning is enjoyable, and enhances students' enthusiasm for chemistry and science.
  • Relevance to contemporary issues by building on previously studied concepts.
  • Coursework has been replaced by practical tasks – which are examined as part of the written papers.

Modules

  • Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Foundations in chemistry
  • Periodic table and energy
  • Core organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Organic chemistry and analysis

Paper

Module tested

Duration

Weighting

1 – 100 marks

1, 2, 3 and 5

2 hours 15 mins

37%

2 – 100 marks

1, 2, 4 and 6

2 hours 15 mins

37%

3 - 70 marks

All 6 modules

1 hour 30 mins

26%


Assessment All exams are during the Summer of Year 13.  There are no longer any January modules.

  

Examination Results

GCSE Chemistry Summer 2016 79% A*-C, 11% A*-A

A Level Chemistry Summer 2016 100% A*-E, 100% A*-C