Chemistry

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

Accommodation:

The department has two fully equipped teaching laboratories and a prep room in modern and inviting facilities.

Curriculum:

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.

Advanced Level

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:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Teaching

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.