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Chemistry

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Chemistry is taught as a separate Science subject, by a specialist teacher, throughout Junior School. The variety of Reading, Writing and Audio-Visual activities is designed to build depth and width across the topics so that understanding and problem solving skills can be gained.

GCSE

Pupils study the CCEA GCSE Revised Specification:

  • Unit 1 – Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions/Quantitative & Chemistry Analysis. Written examination in the summer of Form 5 (35%)
  • Unit 2 – Further Chemical Reactions, Rates & Equilibrium, Calculations and Organic Chemistry. Written examination in the summer of Form 5 (40%)
  • Unit 3 – Practical Skills. Practical examination (7.5%) during Term 2 of Form 5 and written examination (17.5%) in the summer of Form 5

AS/A2

A Level pupils follow the CCEA Specification:

  • AS 1: Basic Concepts in Physical & Inorganic Chemistry. Written examination in the summer of Lower 6 (40% of AS and 16% of A Level)
  • AS 2: Further Physical & Inorganic Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry. Written examination in the summer of Lower 6 (40% of AS and 16% of A Level)
  • AS 3: Basic Practical Chemistry. Pupils complete an externally assessed examination of a variety of practical tasks and a separate written examination consisting of a variety of questions testing knowledge of practical techniques, observations and calculations (20% of AS and 8% of A Level)
  • A2 1: Further Physical & Organic Chemistry. Written examination in the summer of Middle 6 (40% of A2 and 24% of A Level)
  • A2 2: Analytical, Transition Metals, Electrochemistry & Organic Nitrogen Chemistry. Written examination in the summer of Middle 6 (40% of A2 and 24% of A Level)
  • A2 3: Further Practical Chemistry. Pupils complete an externally assessed examination of a variety of practical tasks and a separate written examination consisting of a variety of questions testing knowledge of practical techniques, observations and calculations (20% of A2 and 12% of A Level)