The college offers students a chance to study Chemistry up to A2 level and has a proven track record of preparing young Chemists for further study at a higher level.

Chemistry allows students to develop their practical, analytical and research skills by learning in a variety of different styles. Chemistry is a practical based subject that gives students the chance to get ‘hands on’ experience of problem solving and investigations while considering how Chemistry is all around us in everyday life. IT plays an important role in studying Chemistry at any level and students are able to develop their IT skills when researching topics or presenting their findings.

The staff in the Department of Chemistry are committed to helping students develop their knowledge and interest in the subject, preparing the way for potential careers in any manufacturing industry, forensic science, nursing, cosmetics, medicine, dentistry, sports science, pharmaceutical design, brewing, petrochemicals and environmental sciences among many others.


Mr J. Lal – Curriculum Leader
Dr R. Carvell
Mr A. Daniels – Teacher i/c of Careers


Key Stage 3 – N.C. based around Smart Science Scheme

Year 7

Term 1 Topics & Content:

The Particulate Nature of Matter

Term 2 Topics & Content: Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Term 3 Topics & Content: Reactions

Year 8

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Acids and Alkalis

Term 2 Topics & Content: 

Materials and Everyday Chemistry

Term 3 Topics & Content: 

The Earth and Atmosphere

Year 9

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

Chemical Bonding (Covalent, Ionic, Metallic)

Structures of Carbon

Quantitative Chemistry

Key Stage 4 – AQA Separate Science (Chemistry)8462/Combined Science (Trilogy) 8464

Year 10


Energy Changes

Quantitative Chemistry

Rates of Reaction


Year 11

Students in Year 11 currently study the following topics:

Energy Changes

Rates of Reaction

Quantitative Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Pure and impure substances, formulations



Key Stage 5 – AQA Advanced Level Chemistry (7404/5)

Year 12

Year 12 is co-taught between two teachers – with one teacher generally covering organic chemistry and one teacher generally covering inorganic chemistry.

Teacher 1

Atomic Structure

Amount of Substance





Group 2

Group 7


Teacher 2

Structure and Bonding







Organic  Analysis

Year 13

Year 13 follows a similar pattern to Year 12

Teacher 1

Rates and Equilibria

Kp in homogeneous systems

Acids and bases

Transition Metals

Reactions of ions in aqueous solution


NMR Spectroscopy

Organic Synthesis

Teacher 2


Electrode Potentials

Optical Isomerism

Aldehydes and Ketones

Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives

Aromatic Chemistry



Amino Acids and DNA

Out of Hours Activities (what, when, where):

All home learning is set up on Seneca Learning (

Monday and Thursday night owls (3:10pm onwards)

Department Website Links (including exam boards, revision sites etc):