CHEMISTRY

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"The courses taught integrate theory and experimental work, developing investigative and manipulative skills. Students are encouraged to develop their scientific communication skills through research, discussion and written work."

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/ WHY STUDY CHEMISTRY?

The department aims to stimulate interest in and enjoyment of chemistry, to foster imaginative, logical and critical thinking, to demonstrate the wider application of chemical knowledge, showing appreciation for social, environmental, economic and technological contributions to society. The courses taught integrate theory and experimental work, developing investigative and manipulative skills. Students are encouraged to develop their scientific communication skills through research, discussion and written work.

Miss L Norton (Head of Department)        Mr L McGuinness

Miss A Jordan

Mrs F Conroy (Technician)

TRIPLE AWARD CHEMISTRY
SPECIFICATIONS STUDIED
 
  • KS3 : Northern Ireland Curriculum

 

  • KS4 : CCEA GCSE Chemistry and Science: Double Award Chemistry

 

  • KS5 : CCEA GCE Chemistry AS & A2

/ EXTRA CURRICULAR

  • Taming The Elements – Y13 lecture and workshop ‘What’s in my stuff?’ by Dr Hywel Jones & Maria Hanson, Sheffield Hallam University, bringing science and art together in deconstruction and materials analysis 22/11/14.

 

  • Year 8 Science Club – in-school weekly lunchtime science appetiser session for Y8 pupils.

 

  • RSC Chemistry at Work – interactive showcase of chemical based companies and institutions aimed at GCSE.

 

  • RSC Schools’ Analyst Competition – commercial applications of chemistry in a competition-based exploration aimed at AS-Level.

 

  • Nuffield Science Bursary scheme – paid summer work placement incorporating a project in a professional research environment aimed at AS/A2-Level.

Content

 

  • Unit 1: Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions and Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Unit 2: Further Chemical Reactions, Organic Chemistry and Materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Unit 3: Practical Skills

 

 

Assessment

 

  • An externally assessed written examination consisting of a number of compulsory structured questions that provide opportunities for short answers, extended writing and calculations Foundation Tier: 1 hour 15 mins Higher Tier: 1 hour 30 mins

 

 

  • An externally assessed written examination consisting of a number of compulsory structured questions that provide opportunities for short answers, extended writing and calculations Foundation Tier: 1 hour 30 mins Higher Tier: 1 hour 45 mins

 

 

  • Controlled assessment Students complete one controlled assessment task from a choice of two. Teachers mark the task and we moderate the results.

 

Weighting

 

  •  35%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 40%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 25%

Content

 

  • Summer Y12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Summer Y12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Y11 or Y12

At least 40 percent of the assessment (based on unit weightings) must be taken at the end of the course as terminal assessment.