Sixth Form


Chemistry

Overview

From the moment you entered this world Chemistry has been a big part of your life. From the food you eat, the medicine that cures you to the clothes that you wear and the air that you breathe. Chemists have had an influence over all of us. Chemists understand how materials are made and work, and in this way can shape the world we live in.

Curriculum

Lower Sixth: (AS Level exams consist of two papers each 1 hour 30 minutes long) Physical Chemistry: Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle. Inorganic Chemistry: Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7 the halogens. Organic Chemistry: Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis. Upper Sixth: (A Level exams consist of three papers each 2 hours long) Physical Chemistry: Including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (Kc) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells. Inorganic Chemistry: Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution. Organic Chemistry: Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography. Practicals in Chemistry: Students will do at least 12 major practical activities across the two-year A-level. Students will have more opportunities to learn and use practical skills to link theory with practice, deepening their knowledge and understanding. Teachers will monitor students’ practical work in lessons and decide, at the end of the course, whether they pass. If they pass, it will be recorded on their certificate alongside their final grade. These practicals will be supported by local University visits.

Educational visits and extra curricular activity

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Rooms and resources

The Science department includes four purpose built laboratories. There are also three preparation rooms and a dark room. The laboratories are fully equipped, including fume cupboards, to teach the Sciences up to and including ‘A’ Level. ICT provision for the laboratories includes departmental wireless laptops, data projectors, interactive white boards and data logging equipment. The laboratories are supported by three very experienced and enthusiastic technicians.


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