Chemistry continues to grow in popularity every year at Ashlawn School. Studying Chemistry can have an impact on our lives and how we view the world around us; it can provide us with a further understanding of complex issues and help us make informed decisions.

At KS3 students are taught chemistry as part of science. They develop their practical skills through investigations and are introduced to topics that they will use throughout GCSE and A levels.

During KS4 students will build on their core knowledge from KS3 through theory and practical work. Their depth of knowledge increases and students apply key concepts to new situations. Students are taught Chemistry as a separate science. 

A Level Chemistry poses questions about the variety of materials around us. The course develops and extends the themes studied at GCSE but also introduces new topics such as Synthesis of Organic Molecules and Spectroscopy. Learners base their studies around thought provoking practical work and related theory.

Students who study GSCE and/or A level Chemistry can choose a wide vary of careers from medicine, chemistry, food science, chemical engineer, biochemistry, forensic science, pharmacologist, toxicologist, law, teacher and vet; the list is endless! 

Chemistry KS4

KS4 Chemistry follows the EDEXCEL course. Students will complete a series of theory modules and practical skills will now be assessed through written exam questions. Students will either follow the combined science course or the triple science course.

Topics covered:

Year 9 – Separating mixtures, Atoms and the periodic table, Metals, Acids and Alkalis and Rates of Reaction

Year 10 – Crude oil and Fractional distillation, Combustion of materials, Fuels, Structure and Bonding, Calculations, Titrations, Allotropes, Electrolysis, Equilibrium and Core Practical Assessments.

Year 11 – Redox, Moles and Reacting Masses, Testing for Cations and Anions, Dynamic Equilibrium, Plastics and Polymers, Fuel Cells, the Homologous Series and Core Practical Assessment.

Chemistry KS5

KS5 Chemistry follows the OCR two year Linear A level course. Students will study six modules which will enhance practical skills and develop knowledge further.

Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills

Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic Table and Energy

Module 4 – Core Organic Chemistry

Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

Module 6 – Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Chemistry KS4 and KS5

Course leader:  Miss K Starkey :