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Subject Mission Statement

To educate, inspire and promote the understanding of the role Sciences play in human endeavour. Students will be able to make rational life choices, develop skills relevant to future careers and contribute meaningfully to a modern society.


Chemistry is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts. Some topics follow on from the GCSE course such as quantitative chemistry, electronic structure and bonding. Other new concepts are also introduced such as enthalpy, isomerism and aromatic chemistry. This course has a strong mathematical component; approximately 40% of the course is based upon chemical calculations.

The teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written examination papers and the practical endorsement. Students will complete approximately 3 hours of practical work every week. They will be expected to keep accurate and up-to-date records of practical work in their laboratory books in order to achieve the final practical endorsement. The learning process is a blend of dynamic learning styles, including teacher-led sessions and active learning (e.g. problem solving, peer tutoring, discovery practicals, student-led sessions, presentations and projects). These maybe accompanied by field trips and visits to local industries or Universities.

KS5 Intent Statement

Educate students
to acquire a firm understanding of key scientific principles and detailed
technical knowledge, opening pathways to Science and technology vocations.

Students will be
able to relate technical knowledge to developments in society (eg climate
change/sustainable development) Further develop logical thinking and
problem-solving skills and scientific literacy. Facilitate extend practical and
organisational skills.

Topic areas
taught at KS4 will be revisited in each subject’s A Level course in more
breadth and depth. As Science is a spiral curriculum this will building upon
previous knowledge, content and skills to enhance a greater comprehension and
appreciation of Science.

STEM activities
at KS5 include; trips to Higher Education providers (eg biomedical imaging,
high voltage lab); opportunities to study subjects in ‘the field’ (eg Biology
Field Trips, Chemistry work in Southampton University laboratories); Talks by
visitors (eg genetic engineering as part of Science week); aspiring medics and
vets programme.


Qualification Details

Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: Chemistry
Qualification Specification Code: H432
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements, plus GCSE Science grade 6 or above

What will I study in this qualification?

Possible Career Paths

Chemistry related degrees, Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Materials Science, Neuro Science and Scientific Research. Many different careers are based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills. Employers value people with STEM qualifications and skills, not just for their specific knowledge but also for their transferable analytical, problem solving and creative skills. Examples of growth areas for STEM opportunities include new sustainable Energy Resources, Medicines, Nanotechnology, Space Technology and Civil and Water Engineering. Many of the challenges facing today’s society will only be overcome with the help of chemical scientists


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