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Chemistry

We are made of chemicals and we live our lives surrounded by chemicals. Everything we do, see and touch is the result of strange chemicals reacting with one another. We are experts in chemistry at Claremont and put our emphasis on experimental work – we all put on our safety glasses and lab coats and do chemistry!

KS3

At KS3 chemistry, biology and physics are taught as part of a combined course. Topics studied include cells, chemical reactions, magnetism, metal compounds, electrical circuits, forces, nutrition, atoms and elements, light and ecology. There are opportunities for practical fieldwork studying local ecology and an annual Science Fair. A variety of interactive materials are also provided throughout the year directly on pupil laptops.

GCSE

Pupils have the option to specialise by taking chemistry as a stand-alone subject or to continue with a combined science approach. In either case the subject is taught by experienced chemistry teachers.

Pupils in the combined approach follow the Eduqas GCSE combined Science  specification  (components one to four) which covers a wide range of introductory and intermediate topics and provides the opportunity for them to deepen their understanding of how chemistry works. Pupils who study chemistry as a separate subject at GCSE follow the Eduqas GCSE Chemistry specification  which will be excellent preparation for further studies at A Level.

A Level

Students follow the WJEC  Eduqas A Level Chemistry specification. In Lower Sixth, students study physical and inorganic chemistry. In Upper Sixth students study organic chemistry and analysis. At the end of two years topics are externally examined in three papers. Throughout the course there are required practicals which must be carried out. These are not assessed internally however methods can be tested in the examinations.

Chemistry A Level is a challenging course and is necessary for those students wishing to go on to study chemistry, medicine, pharmaceutical science and many other courses at university. It is also a highly regarded A Level for those intending to apply to study other academically rigorous subjects such as law.

The department is keen to take Chemistry out of the classroom. We run spectroscopy workshops to further enhance practical experience and enter competitions to compete with other schools such as the ‘Chemistry University Challenge’. We actively encourage attending external  chemistry lectures to give an introduction to cutting edge chemistry.. The chemistry department also has a flourishing forensics club - who did it?

Along with the physics and biology departments, Year 9 produce an annual Science Fair and there is a weekly science club to practise hands-on experiments.

 

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