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Chemistry explores the deepest structures that go to make up existence.  As such, it is a rigorous, exact science, which looks at the crystalline beauty of order, at the micro level, deep within the structure of matter.  As with Biology and Physics, Chemistry enjoys its discrete location on the third floor of the Atrium, and has purpose built laboratories.

key stage 3

Chemistry is taught as part of a combined science program in the first and second form. Pupils are taught topics from the three sciences by one class teacher. The topics covered follow those suggested by the national curriculum.  As pupils enter the Third Form, they follow a course which includes, but goes beyond, the National Curriculum for Chemistry. The course covers: Atoms, Elements and Compounds and Chemical Reactions. This provides a firm basis for the further study of Chemistry at GCSE. Pupils begin their GCSE course in the last term of the 3rd Form.  The BBC Bitesize website contains useful information to support pupils on this pathway.

key stage 4

Pupils will either follow separate science courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, leading to three independent GCSEs, or if appropriate, and in their best interests, smaller groups of pupils may be entered for the Combined Science Award (worth two GCSEs or Double Award). This will be discussed with pupils and parents, but the final decision will rest with the School.

Aim of Syllabus

We hope that by the end of the course, boys will be able to:

  • develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods;
  • apply scientific skills, knowledge and understanding;
  • appreciate how science works and understand its essential role in society;
  • understand the main scientific models in Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
  • develop their use of the mathematical content within the sciences.

In addition, it should help boys develop their interest and enthusiasm for science giving them the ability to progress further.

Scheme of Assessment Triple Award:

Written Papers                      100%

For each subject, there are 2 papers. Every paper is examined by a 1 hour 45 minute written examination, worth 50%.  The papers will contain a mixture of question styles, including objective questions, short answer questions and extended writing questions.  Pupils can be entered into Foundation or Higher for all the papers in each subject.  A* to G grades will be replaced by 9 to 1 grades for Chemistry, Biology and Physics.


Scheme of Assessment Combined Science Award:

Written Papers                      100%

The content for the Combined Science Award is a subset of the content from the Triple Award.  It is worth two GCSEs (Double Award).  The three science subjects will still be taught separately and there will be six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each will assess different topics.  All the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.  Foundation and Higher tiers are available.  The papers are equally weighted.  Each is worth 16.7% of the grade.  The papers will contain a mixture of multiple choice, short answer questions and extended writing questions. The Combined Science Award will have a 17 point grading scale, from 9-9, 9-8 through to 2-1 and 1-1.

Awarding Body: A                                       QSpecification: AQA Sciences


GCSE Biology  8461

GCSE Chemistry 8462

GCSE Physics 8463

GCSE Combined Science 8464