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Chemistry

30th Jan 2017
Jack Campbell, Rebecca Nelson, Jamie Adams and Megan Starkey attended the recent...
7th Oct 2016
Hannah Nelson, Michael Harper and Daniel Molloy represented Northern Ireland at finals...
7th Oct 2016
Down High School Chemistry Club has started again this year with some new Year 8...
 

Key Stage 3 Overview

Pupils in Years 8+9 study combined science. The curriculum contains a balance of Chemistry,

Physics and Biology units that have been developed by subject specialists. Units of working include

solids liquids and gases, solvents and solutions, acids and alkalis. Units of work have been developed

to give pupils a wide range of experience and develop good practical skills.

In Year 10 pupils have one double period per week of Chemistry taught by a subject specialist. This

provides an excellent introduction to metals, The Periodic Table, atomic structure and chemical

changes. Year 10 Chemistry provides a good building block for pupils wanting to study GCSE

Chemistry.

GCSE Overview

Pupils follow the CCEA GCSE Chemistry Specification. Students are able to study Separate

Chemistry as a GCSE or study double award science which has Chemistry as one third of the content.

Pupils complete an investigation which forms part of their controlled assessment. Pupils who have

study both double award or separate Chemistry are able to progress on to study AS and A2 Chemistry.

A-Level Overview

Pupils follow the OCR AS and A2 Chemistry Specification. Pupils sit two taught modules each year.

Both exams are taken in the summer term. The third module is practical skills where pupils are

assessed internally on their practical and investigative skills by completing a range of practical tasks

under controlled conditions. Pupils have the opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills

during their A level studies.

 
 

Staff

Mrs Heather Hamilton (Head of Department)

Mrs Julia Jacques

Mrs Moe Emerson

Miss Deborah Lowry

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