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Higher Line

At GCSE, Chemistry is either taken separately (by the top sets) or as part of GCSE Double Award Science.                            

There will be a prevalent pratical component throughout the GCSE course.  Topics of study include: patterns in the chemical reactions between substances,  chemical reactions (including reduction and oxidation, neutralisation, electrolysis and polymerisation reactions),  how conditions and quantities can be used to control the rate of chemical reactions, the energy changes that take place during chemical reactions, how the surface of the Earth and its atmosphere have changed since its origin and are still changing, and the Earth's crust.

Grammar Term 1 

  • Fuels 
  • Crude Oil 
  • Combustion 
  • Acid rain 
  • Hydrocarbons 
  • Cracking 
  • Polymerisation 
  • Metals 
  • Ores 

Grammar Term 2 

  • Atmosphere 
  • Rocks 
  • Limestone 
  • Neutralisation 
  • Electrolysis 
  • Periodic Table 
  • Ionic bonding 
  • Ion tests 
  • Precipitates 
  • Solubility 

Grammar Term 3 

  • Covalent bonding 
  • Separating techniques 
  • Groups of the Periodic table: alkali metals, halogens, noble gases 
  • Energy changes – temperature 
  • Rates of reaction 
  • Quantitative chemistry: relative masses, percentage composition, yield. 

Syntax Term 1 

  • Testing water 
  • Ion identification 
  • Hard and soft water 
  • Particles and Moles 
  • Preparing soluble salts 

Syntax Term 2 

  • Titrations 
  • Concentration calculations 
  • Electrolysis of salts 
  • Applications of electrolysis 
  • Gas calculations/ 
  • Molar volumes 
  • Haber process 
  • Fermentation 
  • Alcohols 
  • Homologous series: carboxylic acids, esters, fats, oils and soap 

Syntax Term 3

  •  Revision  

Sixth Form

The A level course introduces and extends the ideas and implications of modern chemistry, through experimental work.  A wide range of experiments are undertaken by the student which support the teaching of key concepts.  The course develops the key skills of data handling and analysis, thinking creatively, planning, problem solving, and the linking of ideas.

Poetry Term 1 

  •   Formulae, equations and amount of substance 
  • Energetics 
  • Atomic Structure and Periodic table 
  • Bonding 
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry 
  • Shapes of molecules 
  • and ions 
  • Intermediate bonding and polarity 
  • Intermolecular forces 

Poetry Term 2 

  •  Redox 
  • Groups 2&7 
  • Kinetics 
  • Equilibria 
  • Alcohols and halogenoalkanes 
  • Mechanisms 
  • Mass Spectra and IR 
  • Green Chemistry 
  • Preparation of a salt 
  • Redox titration 
  • Organic observation 

Poetry Term 3 

  • Revision Rates Equilibria
  • Carboxylic acids and carbonyls 
  • Practical skills 
  • Preparation of aspirin  

Rhetoric Term 1 

  • Carbonyls
  • Carboxylic acids
  • Entropy 
  • Applications of rates and equilibria 
  • Acid/base equilibria 
  • Further organic chemistry 
  • Spectroscopy and chromatography 

Rhetoric Term 2 

  • Redox and the chemistry of the Transition Metals 
  • Organic Chemistry, 
  • Arenes, nitrogen compounds and synthesis 
  • Inorganic observations 
  • Finding the Activation 
  • Energy 

Rhetoric Term 3 

  • Revision