Aims of the Department:
- To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Chemistry
- To help pupils develop safe experimental and investigative abilities
- To be progressive in the application of teaching and learning strategies in order to cater for different learning styles
- Endeavour to equip our students with transferable skills (such as independent learning, critical thinking, oral and written communication and team work)
- Enable our students to thrive in higher education and the workplace
The department has two fully equipped teaching laboratories and a prep room in modern and inviting facilities.
Chemistry is taught at all stages within the school curriculum.
Key Stage 3
All pupils study Chemistry:
Years 8 and 9 study Chemistry as a component of a general science course (3 x one hour periods per week) based on the Revised Curriculum of Northern Ireland.
Year 10 students study Chemistry as a stand-alone subject (1 x one hour period per week). This allows the students to make informed decisions prior to making their choices for GCSE.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Chemistry is taught following the CCEA specifications. The students have the option of incorporating Chemistry into their GCSE choices through either Double Award Science or Single Award Science.
Again, A-level Chemistry is taught following the CCEA specifications. Chemistry A-level is divided into 6 modules and builds on all the skills and knowledge obtained at GCSE:
AS Chemistry is taught by both Chemistry specialists over 4 x one hour periods per week and is composed of 3 modules: 2 theory and 1 practical module.
A2 Chemistry is also taught by both Chemistry specialists over 5 x one hour periods per week and is again composed of 3 modules: 2 theory and 1 practical module.
Why study Chemistry?
Chemistry is a high profile subject and is recognised as a strong academic subject across the board when applying for university courses.
Chemistry is often a pre-requisite for entry to a wide range of courses leading to occupations such as:
- Veterinary Science
- Chemical Engineering
Furthermore, students at all Key Stages are afforded the opportunities, as they arise, to avail of a wide range of Chemistry-based activities provided by outside agencies, for example: Queen’s University, the Royal Society of Chemistry and The Salters’ Institute.