Science - Chemistry

Key Stage 4

GCSE Chemistry

Programme of Study

Students will follow the AQA Chemistry syllabus.

Specification number: 8462

Link to the specification website : HTTP://WWW.AQA.ORG.UK/SUBJECTS/SCIENCE/GCSE/CHEMISTRY-8462

The content below is from the present DRAFT specification :

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

Accreditation Structure

 

Paper

Topics

Assessment

Weighting

1

1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes.

 

Written examination

 

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Foundation & Higher Tier

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

2

6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis,

Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.

Written examination

 

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Foundation & Higher Tier

100 marks 

 

50% of GCSE

 

Each exam is a mixture of Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. Unlike previous courses there is no coursework element in the new courses.

Additional Information

Triple Science including Chemistry have proved to be very successful in achieving excellent progress for students of both high and middle ability choosing that pathway.

The department provides support from staff during the course both during lunch breaks and after school; we value the hard work from our students and always want to be on hand to assist where needed.

We also run revision sessions for internal tests, mock examinations and external examinations. These include Easter revision for GCSE.

Students studying triple science often wish to embark on science based careers and the staff advise on university pathways and possible routes to achieve these aims.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Your support, encouragement and interest can make a spectacular difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands over the course of GCSE study, during revision and during the vital exam period.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Kiff – Head of Chemistry

Mrs Thrower – STEM co-ordinator

Key Stage 5

Chemistry

Programme of Study

Students follow the OCR Chemistry A syllabus.

 

Specification number: H432

 

Link to the specification website : http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015/

 

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry            

Skills : Planning, Implementing, Analysis, Evaluation.

Practical use and apparatus & techniques.

 Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry

Atomic Structure, Compounds formulae & equations, The Mole, Acids, Redox, Electrons, Bonding & Structure.

 

Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy                                             

Periodicity, Group II, Group VII, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes, Reaction Rates, Chemical Equilibrium.

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements              

Rate of Reaction (quantitative), Chemical Equilibrium (quantitative), Acids, Bases & Buffers, Lattice Enthalpy, Enthalpy & Entropy, Redox & Electrode Potentials, Transition Elements, Qualitative analysis.                                             

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry

Basic Concepts, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Haloalkanes. Organic Synthesis I, Analytical Techniques I

Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Carbonyl compounds, Carboxylic acids, Esters, Aromatic Chemistry, 

Amines, Amino Acids, Amides, Chirality, Condensation Polymers, Nitriles, Organic Synthesis II, Analysis II – Chromatography, Chemical tests, IR, Mass Spectroscopy & Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

 

 

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Component

Content and Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1. Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry

Assesses any learning objectives from Modules 1,2,3 & 5 –

Written Exam 2 hours 15 minutes

100 marks

(37%)

2. Synthesis and analytical techniques

Assesses any learning objectives from Modules 1,2,4 & 6 –

Written Exam 2 hours 15 minutes

100 marks

(37%)

3. Unified Chemistry

Assesses content from all modules (1-6)

70 marks

(26%)

4. Practical Endorsement in Chemistry

The details of this are still to be confirmed by Ofqual.

No Examination for this Component.

Reported Separately

 

 

Additional Information

  • 3 Degree level Chemists for help and support when required
  • Staff readily available and accessible outside lesson times
  • Half termly individual tutorials to assess progress and set targets for next half term
  • Science department assistance with University applications
  • Students studying the course have excellent success in accessing all types of science based degree courses such as medicine, dentistry, chemistry and biochemistry.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Your support, encouragement and interest can make a spectacular difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands over the course of GCSE study, during revision and during the vital exam period.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Kiff – Head of Chemistry

Mrs Thrower – STEM co-ordinator

  • The Jack Petchey Foundation
  • Specialist Schools Trust
  • Sport England
  • Church of England Affiliation Scheme
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Healthy Schools
  • LIFE Education
  • Ofsted Good