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Chemistry is a branch of physical science that studies the composition, structure, properties and change of matter. Chemistry includes topics such as the properties of individual atoms, how atoms form chemical bonds to create chemical compounds, the interactions of substances through intermolecular forces that give matter its general properties, and the interactions between substances through chemical reactions to form different substances.

Chemistry is sometimes called the central science because it bridges other natural sciences, including physics, geology and biology.

 

Chemistry Department Aims


  • To encourage and maintain a sense of interest and enjoyment in Chemistry.
  • To develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for success in public examinations.
  • To develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for success in practical work and in particular practical exams.
  • To learn skills of analysis, comparison and synthesis which are also relevant to employment in the future.
  • To develop the critical skills necessary to assimilate and evaluate information.
  • To understand, accept and appreciate the dignity, values, and beliefs of different cultures.
  • To nurture student’s self-esteem in order to promote successful learning and personal development.
  • To ensure that the learning needs of the student are the starting point for all classroom activities
  • To ensure pupils are provided with the opportunities to reach their highest possible standards
  • To employ the use of varied teaching and learning styles to develop a wide range of intellectual and social skills.

 

Useful Websites


http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofChemistryandChemicalEngineering/

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/chemistry/

 

Chemistry Department Staff


  • Lisa Connolly (Head of Department)
  • Geraldine Doherty

 

Reasons for Studying Chemistry


1. Chemistry is needed as a compulsory subject in these careers:

  • Oceanography Marine Chemistry
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental work
  • Colour Chemistry
  • Medical Chemistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Chemical Engineering

These are only a few of the careers that Chemistry makes possible

 

2. There are a wide range of other careers which actively seek out Chemistry graduates because of the skills the subject brings to them.

Chemistry students have the skills and knowledge to allow them to enter a full range of occupations associated with graduate employment
Skills like:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Analytical skills
  • Skills in taking knowledge and applying it to different situations

Due to this Chemistry and Chemical Engineering graduates are much sought after by companies in the field of commerce, finance and in the civil service as well as teaching.

 

3. Three of the highest paid professions in the top 4 require Chemistry

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Chemical Engineering

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GCSE

 

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GCSE Chemistry follows the CCEA Specification which consists of two Examination Units and a Practical Skills Unit.

 Content  Assessment  Weighting  Availability

 Unit 1:

 Structures, Trends,
 Chemical
 Reactions and Analysis
 
An externally assessed written
examination consisting of a
number of compulsory
structured questions that provide
opportunities for short answers,
extended writing and
calculations

Higher Tier: 1 hour 30 mins

 35%

 Year 11

 GCH12 -

 Wednesday 

 15 June 2016

 Unit 2:

 Further 
 Chemical Reactions,
 Organic Chemistry
 and Materials
 
An externally assessed written 
examination consisting of a 
number of compulsory 
structured questions that provide
opportunities for short answers,
extended writing and
calculations

Higher Tier: 1 hour 45 mins

 40%  Year 12

 Unit 3:

 Practical Skills

 

Controlled assessment

Students complete one 
controlled assessment task from
a choice of two.
 
Teachers mark the task and we
moderate the results.
 25%  Year 12

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification / website - www.ccea.org.uk/chemistry

 

Resources


Pupils will be provided with a CCEA GCSE Chemistry textbook and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

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Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework. There will be regular topic tests throughout the course.

 


Double Award GCSE

 

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Double Award Chemistry combined with Double Award Biology and Double Award Physics will provide students with 2 GCSE grades. 
We follow the CCEA Specification which consists of two Examination Units and a Practical Skills Unit.

 Content  Assessment  Weighting  Availability

 Chemistry Unit 1:

Structures, Trends and 
Chemical Reactions

 
An externally assessed written
examination consisting of a
number of compulsory structured
questions that provide 
opportunities for short answers,
extended writing and
calculations
 
Higher Tier: 1 hour
 11%
 Year 11 
 GSD22
 Thursday19 May

 Chemistry Unit 2:

Further Chemical 
Reactions and 
Organic Chemistry
An externally assessed written
examination consisting of a number of
compulsory structured questions that
provide opportunities for short answers,
extended writing and
calculations
 
Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 mins
 14%  Year 12
 Practical Skills Unit

 Controlled Assessment

 Students complete two controlled
 assessment tasks from a choice of 
 six. The two tasks must come from 
 different subject areas within the
 specification.
 
 Teachers mark the task and we
 moderate the results.
 25%  Year 12

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification / website - http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/general_science/revised_double_award/

Double Award Chemistry will be taught over three periods each week and students will use the GCSE Chemistry for CCEA Revision Book.

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Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework. There will be regular topic tests throughout the course.

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AS Level

 

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AS 1:
Basic Concepts in
Physical and Inorganic
Chemistry

 
  • Atomic structure and bonding
  • Shapes adopted by molecules and ions
  • Intermolecular forces
  • Introduction to the Periodic Table and Group VII
  • Redox reactions
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Basic calculations and equations
 

Worth 35% of AS 
17.5% of A Level

1 hour 30 minute written paper containing multiple choice and
structured questions.

Year 13
AC112 – 14 June 2016

 

AS 2:
Further Physical and
Inorganic Chemistry and
Introduction to Organic
Chemistry

 
  • Organic chemistry - alkanes, alkenes, haloalkanes and alcohols
  • Equilibrium 
  • Kinetics 
  • Thermochemistry 
  • Analytical chemistry - IR spectroscopy and qualitative analysis
  • Basic calculations
 

Worth 35% of AS 
17.5% of A Level

1 hour 30 minute written paper containing multiple choice and
structured questions.

Year 13
AC122 – 22 June 2016

 

AS 3:
Internal Assessment

 
  • Section A consists of two practical tasks each worth 25 and 29 marks respectively
  • Section B has a planning exercise worth 20 marks and a number of other questions testing knowledge of practical techniques, observations and calculations worth 16 marks
 

Worth 30% of AS 15% of A Level
2 hour 30 minute Internal assessment consisting of two practical tasks and a planning exercise.

Year 13
AC133 – 10 May 2016
AC134 – 8 June 2016

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification / website - www.ccea.org.uk/chemistry

 

Resources


Pupils will be provided with a set of A-level notes and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

aschemtext1       aschemtext2

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework. There will be regular topic tests throughout the course.

 


A2 Level

 

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A2 1:
Periodic Trends and Further
Organic, Physical and
Inorganic Chemistry

  • Equilibrium
  • Kinetics
  • Lattice Enthalpy and Entropy
  • Organic chemistry - isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and esters, fats and oils
  • Periodic Trends
  • Environmental chemistry
 

Worth 40% of A2 
20% of A Level

2 hour written paper containing multiple choice and structured
questions.

Year 14

 

A2 2:
Analytical, Transition
Metals, Electrochemistry
and Further Organic
Chemistry

 
  • Analytical chemistry - mass spectrometry, nmr spectroscopy, volumetric analysis, colormetry and chromatography
  • Inorganic chemistry - Transition metals
  • Organic nitrogen compounds
  • Polymer chemistry
 

Worth 40% of A2 
20% of A Level

2 hour written paper containing multiple choice and structured
questions.

Year 14

 

A2 3:
Internal Assessment

 
  • Planning exercise which is worth 20 marks
  • Practical exercises which are worth 50 marks
 

Worth 20% of A2 
10% of A Level

2 hour 30 minute Internal assessment consisting of a planning exercise and practical exercises.

Year 14

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification / website -  www.ccea.org.uk/chemistry

 

Resources


Pupils will be provided with a set of A-level Chemistry notes and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

a2chemtext1     a2chemtext2

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework.

There will be regular topic tests throughout the course.

 


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