Students study all three sciences by 1 or 2 teachers. In the Chemistry topics they will look at building blocks of substance, reactivity, patterns in behaviour, practical techniques, acids, alkalis and bases and more.
GCSE Chemistry or Double Award Science (Science Trilogy)
Whilst all students are required to study science at GCSE, about half to two-thirds of the students will choose to specialise. The course is broken down into 3 sections. All students study all three sections but those studying for the Double Award cover a proportionately narrower curriculum within the topics. Students studying for Double Award end up with two GCSEs within Science and those studying Chemistry get a GCSE in each of the Sciences.
A Level OCR Chemistry
In the first year the OCR A level course examines electronic structure of atoms and ions in much greater depth than GCSE, acid theories and various areas of the Periodic Table. A good deal of Organic Chemistry is studied as well as some demanding Physical Chemistry. Throughout, lab work is intrinsic and has tasks to do that are stimulating and exciting. The second year has a detailed look at rates of reaction and all its ramifications, some very rewarding aspects of energetics and equilibria which give an understanding of the fundamentals of all changes. The Organic Chemistry and Transition Metal Chemistry is full of new ideas and types of compound and Analytical Chemistry is very enjoyable for solving logic problems and being observant.