Chemistry

GCSE Combined Science/GCSE Chemistry – Year 9


Units Taught
Topic 1 – Atomic Structure & the Periodic Table
Topic 2 – Bonding, Structure & the Properties of Matter
Topic 3A – Quantitative Chemistry (Part 1)


Main Skills Developed
• Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the material world and the effects of chemistry on society.
• Students develop their observational and problem-solving skills.
• Develop students’ logic skills and the ability to spot trends and patterns.
• Students carrying out a number of prescribed practicals during the course.
• Skills such as planning, implementation, analysis and statistical skills are enhanced through practical work.
• Students develop skills relating to health and safety and assessing risks
How can parents help to support learning?
• Encourage students to attempt any additional work set by teachers to students.
• Parents should encourage students to revise content in advance of assessment. Providing a location suitable of revision would benefit students immensely, as well as ensure that students are free from distraction (such as mobile phones) whilst revision would also be beneficial.
• Parents can also raise engagement with chemistry be encouraging the viewing of scientific documentaries, particularly those relating to real life applications for example those by Dr Brian Cox, Dr Jim Al-Khalili, Sir Robert Winston, Dr Peter Wothers. Other programmes such as “How’s it made”, “Food Unwrapped” and “Inside the factory” also show many aspects of science in a real life context, with ideas discussed often being of the level studied at GCSE.


Useful Websites
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462 (Specification – Separate Science)
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464 (Specification – Combined Science)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8xtmnb (GCSE Bitesize)

https://www.chemguide.co.uk/14to16menu.html (ChemGuide 14-16)
https://www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/gcse (Creative Chemistry)
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/ (Seneca Learning)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaGEe4KXZrjou9kQx6ezG2w (YouTube - Cognito)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw (YouTube - FreeScienceLessons)


Extra-Curricular opportunities
Students will be offered the opportunity to attend additional revision sessions (priority given to examination years). Students may also be offered further opportunities such as: participation in Royal Society of Chemistry events (special lectures, “Top of the Bench” competition etc.). Students may also be offered the chance to engage with trips and visits to a variety of different local establishments (Drax, Croda, BP) and engage with a number of different professionals in the area of chemistry.


SMSC & British Values
GCSE Chemistry/Combined Science [Chemistry] offers opportunities to demonstrate a wide variety of social/moral/spiritual/cultural knowledge. Areas covered across the specifications include:
• Development of atomic theory (includes work carried out by a number of British scientists)
• Development of the periodic table (includes work carried out by a number of British scientists)
• Use of nanotechnology and nanoscience (including cost-benefit analysis of their use)
• Chromatography (including its use in forensic science and criminal justice)

GCSE Combined Science/GCSE Chemistry – Year 10


Units Taught
Topic 4 – Chemical Changes
Topic 5 – Energy Changes
Topic 6 – The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
Topic 8 – Chemical Analysis
Topic 10 – Using Resources


Main Skills Developed
• Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the material world and the effects of chemistry on society.
• Students develop their observational and problem-solving skills.
• Develop students’ logic skills and the ability to spot trends and patterns.
• Students carrying out a number of prescribed practicals during the course.
• Skills such as planning, implementation, analysis and statistical skills are enhanced through practical work.
• Students develop skills relating to health and safety and assessing risks
How can parents help to support learning?
• Encourage students to attempt any additional work set by teachers to students.
• Parents should encourage students to revise content in advance of assessment. Providing a location suitable of revision would benefit students immensely, as well as ensure that students are free from distraction (such as mobile phones) whilst revision would also be beneficial.
• Parents can also raise engagement with chemistry be encouraging the viewing of scientific documentaries, particularly those relating to real life applications for example those by Dr Brian Cox, Dr Jim Al-Khalili, Sir Robert Winston, Dr Peter Wothers. Other programmes such as “How’s it made”, “Food Unwrapped” and “Inside the factory” also show many aspects of science in a real life context, with ideas discussed often being of the level studied at GCSE.


Useful Websites
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462 (Specification – Separate Science)
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464 (Specification – Combined Science)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8xtmnb (GCSE Bitesize)
https://www.chemguide.co.uk/14to16menu.html (ChemGuide 14-16)
https://www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/gcse (Creative Chemistry)
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/ (Seneca Learning)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaGEe4KXZrjou9kQx6ezG2w (YouTube - Cognito)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

(YouTube - FreeScienceLessons)


Extra-Curricular opportunities
Students will be offered the opportunity to attend additional revision sessions (priority given to examination years). Students may also be offered further opportunities such as: participation in Royal Society of Chemistry events (special lectures, “Top of the Bench” competition etc.). Students may also be offered the chance to engage with trips and visits to a variety of different local establishments (Drax, Croda, BP) and engage with a number of different professionals in the area of chemistry.


SMSC & British Values
GCSE Chemistry/Combined Science [Chemistry] offers opportunities to demonstrate a wide variety of social/moral/spiritual/cultural knowledge. Areas covered across the specifications include:
• Sustainability and resource management
• 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
• Producing food using artificial fertilisers (including debates of the morality of artificial vs natural methods)
• Using fossil fuels (including discussion about supply and demand)
• Plastic and waste management


GCSE Combined Science/GCSE Chemistry – Year 11


Units Taught
Topic 3B – Quantitative Chemistry (Part 2)
Topic 7 – Organic Chemistry
Topic 9 – Chemistry of the Atmosphere


Main Skills Developed
• Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the material world and the effects of chemistry on society.
• Students develop their observational and problem-solving skills.
• Develop students’ logic skills and the ability to spot trends and patterns.
• Students carrying out a number of prescribed practicals during the course.
• Skills such as planning, implementation, analysis and statistical skills are enhanced through practical work.
• Students develop skills relating to health and safety and assessing risks
How can parents help to support learning?
• Encourage students to attempt any additional work set by teachers to students.
• Parents should encourage students to revise content in advance of assessment. Providing a location suitable of revision would benefit students immensely, as well as ensure that students are free from distraction (such as mobile phones) whilst revision would also be beneficial.
• Parents can also raise engagement with chemistry be encouraging the viewing of scientific documentaries, particularly those relating to real life applications for example those by Dr Brian Cox, Dr Jim Al-Khalili, Sir Robert Winston, Dr Peter Wothers. Other programmes such as “How’s it made”, “Food Unwrapped” and “Inside the factory” also show many aspects of science in a real life context, with ideas discussed often being of the level studied at GCSE.


Useful Websites
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462 (Specification – Separate Science)
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464 (Specification – Combined Science)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8xtmnb (GCSE Bitesize)
https://www.chemguide.co.uk/14to16menu.html (ChemGuide 14-16)
https://www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/gcse (Creative Chemistry)
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/ (Seneca Learning)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaGEe4KXZrjou9kQx6ezG2w (YouTube - Cognito)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw (YouTube - FreeScienceLessons)


Extra-Curricular opportunities
Students will be offered the opportunity to attend additional revision sessions (priority given to examination years). Students may also be offered further opportunities such as: participation in Royal Society of Chemistry events (special lectures, “Top of the Bench” competition etc.). Students may also be offered the chance to engage with trips and visits to a variety of different local establishments (Drax, Croda, BP) and engage with a number of different professionals in the area of chemistry.


SMSC & British Values
GCSE Chemistry/Combined Science [Chemistry] offers opportunities to demonstrate a wide variety of social/moral/spiritual/cultural knowledge. Areas covered across the specifications include:
• Sustainability and resource management
• 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
• Producing food using artificial fertilisers (including debates of the morality of artificial vs natural methods)
• Using fossil fuels (including discussion about supply and demand)
• Plastic and waste management
• Global warming (including human activity leading to increases in greenhouse gases)
• Human activity leading to greater levels of pollution
• Potable water (including discussion around a variety of different of methods of production worldwide

 

AS Level Chemistry – Year 12


Specification: OCR A

Modules Taught
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
Modules 1-4 taught as part of the 1st year of the course; Module 5-6 taught as part of 2nd year of the course with synoptic elements of modules 1-4 also covered


Main Skills Developed
The OCR A A-Level Chemistry specification is a content-led course designed to develop theoretical and practical chemistry skills, knowledge and understanding. The course leads students to further develop their knowledge of chemistry, building upon the solid foundations from their GCSE courses. Students further apply their understanding of the scientific process in the laboratory and develop their observational and problem-solving skills as part of the practical skills endorsement qualification. Previous students have praised the strength of the course in the attainment of a strong baseline of knowledge when completing STEM modules at higher education establishments


How can parents help to support learning?
Encourage students to attempt any additional work set by teachers to students. Additional learning outside the classroom is essential in order for students to maximise their potential. It is an expectation that A-level students complete an hour of work outside of the classroom for every hour they spend in the classroom. Additional study is vital for success on the course. Additional study should be carried out using online resources (such as SENECA Learning & Chemguide), as well as the course textbooks supplied as part of the course. Parents should assist students in ensuring that they are fully resourced for the course (lever arch folder, A4 file paper, calculators etc.)
As assessment is regular throughout the course (through a series of end of topic assessments carried out approximately monthly), parents should encourage students to revise content in advance of assessment. Providing a location suitable of revision would benefit students immensely, as well as ensuring that students are free from distractions (such as mobile phones) whilst revising would also be beneficial.


Useful Websites
https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171720-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h432.pdf (Specification)
https://www.chemguide.co.uk (ChemGuide)
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/ (Seneca Learning)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaGEe4KXZrjou9kQx6ezG2w (YouTube - Cognito)


Extra-Curricular opportunities
Students will be offered the opportunity to carry out laboratory work as part of the practical skills endorsement at a variety of different higher education institutes. Previous years have seen residential opportunities to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and laboratory work carried out at the University of York, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. Students may also be offered the chance to engage with trips and visits to a variety of different partnership establishments and meet with professionals from the area of chemistry. Industrial experience and work experience opportunities are available to selected students who demonstrate excellent commitment to the course.


SMSC & British Values
A Level Chemistry offers opportunities to demonstrate a wide variety of social/moral/spiritual/cultural knowledge. Areas covered across the specifications include:
• The use of petrochemicals and their effect on the environment
• O-Zone layer depletion through free radical mechanisms caused by CFCs/HCFCs
• Chromatography (including its use in forensic science and criminal justice)
• Chlorination of water – should this be compulsory or should people be given the choice?


AS/A2 Level Chemistry
Specification: OCR A
Modules Taught
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis
Modules 1-4 taught as part of the 1st year of the course; Module 5-6 taught as part of 2nd year of the course with synoptic elements of modules 1-4 also covered


Main Skills Developed
The OCR A A-Level Chemistry specification is a content-led course designed to develop theoretical and practical chemistry skills, knowledge and understanding. The course leads students to further develop their knowledge of chemistry, building upon the solid foundations from their GCSE courses. Students further apply their understanding of the scientific process in the laboratory and develop their observational and problem-solving skills as part of the practical skills endorsement qualification. Previous students have praised the strength of the course in the attainment of a strong baseline of knowledge when completing STEM modules at higher education establishments
How can parents help to support learning?
Parents should encourage students to attempt any additional work set by teachers to students. Additional learning outside the classroom is essential in order for students to maximise their potential. It is an expectation that A-level students complete an hour of work outside of the classroom for every hour they spend in the classroom. Additional study is vital for success on the course. Additional study should be carried out using online resources (such as SENECA Learning & Chemguide), as well as the course textbooks supplied as part of the course. Parents should assist students in ensuring that they are fully resourced for the course (lever arch folder, A4 file paper, calculators etc.)
As part of the second year of the A-Level course, students will need to complete their university applications. When writing these documents, parental support is encouraged to ensure that students produce a strong personal statement to support their applications. Talking through achievements, prior experiences and aspirations often helps provide students with clarity. When applying for STEM subjects, practical experience is very highly regarded and thus students are encouraged to organise additional opportunities. Parental support in organising these opportunities is very warmly welcomed.


Useful Websites
https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171720-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h432.pdf (Specification)
https://www.chemguide.co.uk/ (ChemGuide)
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/ (Seneca Learning)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaGEe4KXZrjou9kQx6ezG2w (YouTube - Cognito)


Extra-Curricular opportunities
Students will be offered the opportunity to carry out laboratory work as part of the practical skills endorsement at a variety of different higher education institutes. Previous years have seen residential opportunities to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and laboratory work carried out at the University of York, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. Students may also be offered the chance to engage with trips and visits to a variety of different partnership establishments and meet with professionals from the area of chemistry. Industrial experience and work experience opportunities are available to selected students who demonstrate excellent commitment to the course.


SMSC & British Values
A Level Chemistry offers opportunities to demonstrate a wide variety of social/moral/spiritual/cultural knowledge. Areas covered across the specifications include:
• Cisplatin & its use in the cancer treatment – Pros & cons
• Optical isomerism and chirality – thalidomide the “wonder drug” which went wrong
• Producing food using artificial fertilisers (including debates of the morality of artificial vs natural methods