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Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills. This module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement. Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation are taught.
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry. This covers concepts required throughout the remaining modules and includes atoms, compounds, molecules, equations, amount of substance, acid-base reactions, electrons, bonding and structure.
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy. This unit includes the periodic table, periodicity, group 2 metals, the halogens, qualitative analysis, enthalpy changes, reaction rates and equilibrium.
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry. Study will cover basic concepts, hydrocarbons, alcohols, haloalkanes, organic synthesis and analytical techniques.

Summer term:

  • Completion of practical activities for Year 12
  • Preparation in use of Scientific language and exam technique
  • Commencement of Year 13 work in June, after the end of year assessment

Practical work:

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six required practical activities. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final letter grade.


Half termly testing on recent and previous work.

Pre-public exam and end of year exam in exam conditions, following this format:

Breadth in Chemistry (50%)

  • Content from modules 1 to 4
  • 70 marks – 1 hour 30 mins.
  • 20 marks are multiple choice and 50 marks are structured questions

Depth in Chemistry (50%)

  • Content from modules 1 to 4
  • 70 marks – 1 hour 30 mins.
  • Structured questions and extended response questions



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