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

Lesson 1: Matter and its properties

Lesson 2: The particle model

Lesson 3: Particle behaviour

Lesson 4: Changing state

Lesson 5: Gases

Lesson 6: Water

Lesson 7: Mixtures

Lesson 8: Filtering and evaporation

Lesson 9: Chromatography

Lesson 10: Distillation

Term 2 Topics & Content: Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Lesson 1: Atom

Lesson 2: Elements and the Periodic Table

Lesson 3: Groups and periods

Lesson 4: Atoms, elements and compounds

Lesson 5: The difference between mixtures and compounds

Lesson 6: Naming compounds

Lesson 7: Chemical symbols and formulas

Lesson 8: Chemical reactions – introduction

Lesson 9: Chemical reactions

Lesson 10. Conservation of mass

Term 3 Topics & Content: Reactions

Lesson 1: Metals and non-metals

Lesson 2: Reactivity series

Lesson 3: More on the reactivity series

Lesson 4: Properties of metal and non-metal oxides

Lesson 5: Energy changes and exothermic and endothermic reactions

Lesson 6: Catalysts

Lesson 7: Changes – reversible, irreversible, physical, chemical

Lesson 8: How can we measure changes in a reaction?

Lesson 9: Combustion and thermal decomposition

Lesson 10: Oxidation and reduction

Year 8

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Acids and Alkalis

Lesson 1: Acids and alkalis

Lesson 2: Everyday acids and alkalis

Lesson 3: Working safely with acids and alkalis

Lesson 4: Reactions of acids and alkalis

Lesson 5: Neutralisation

Lesson 6: The importance of neutralisation

Lesson 7: pH scale and indicators

Lesson 8: Making indicators

Lesson 9: Problematic acids 

Lesson 10: Acids and metals

Term 2 Topics & Content: 

Materials and Everyday Chemistry

Lesson 1: Everyday chemistry

Lesson 2: Resources

Lesson 3: Where does the waste go?

Lesson 4: Sustainable development

Lesson 5: Polymers

Lesson 6: Ceramics

Lesson 7: Composite materials

Lesson 8: Hydrocarbons and fuels

Lesson 9: Medicine

Lesson 10. Cooking

Term 3 Topics & Content: 

The Earth and Atmosphere

Lesson 1: The Earth

Lesson 2: Sedimentary rock

Lesson 3: Metamorphic rock

Lesson 4: Igneous rock

Lesson 5: The rock cycle

Lesson 6: The Earth as a resource

Lesson 7: Recycling

Lesson 8: Biofuels and the carbon cycle

Lesson 9: The atmosphere

Lesson 10: Human impact on climate change

Year 9 (N.B. KS4)

Year 9 have 3 lessons of each Science each fortnight. To this end, they will develop knowledge in the following topics

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):



KS3 (login available from class teachers)