Chemistry


To study chemistry is to learn about the materials the world is made from, and the way new materials can be produced. Understanding chemistry is an important part of understanding the world around us. Pupils learn how to make better materials, how to get the energy we need and how to protect the environment. Chemistry allows pupils to ask questions and develop curiosity about the natural world. Chemistry opens doors for many careers. At university, chemistry is needed for the study of chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, food science, nanotechnology, biotechnology and environmental sciences.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we use the Exploring Science syllabus. The units in each year offer a balanced coverage of Chemistry with resources to inspire and motivate the full ability range. The educational philosophy of the course places a large emphasis upon the acquisition of practical skills and investigative techniques. Formative assessment is a key element in lessons and summative assessment is provided by end of unit tests and assessed practical investigations.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Pupils in Key Stage 4 follow the Higher or Foundation tier GCSE AQA syllabus. The inclusion of ICT and the development of practical skills and investigative techniques are essential to the delivery of the GCSE course. Both formative and summative assessment are employed to continuously review individual progress. Pupils will sit GCSE Paper 1 and Paper 2 at the end of the two-year course.

Key Stage 5 (A-Level)

The A-Level Chemistry course aims to inspire and help pupils understand:
● the world around them;
● how to make better materials;
● how to get the energy we need;
● how to protect the environment.

Pupils in Year 12 and 13 follow the AQA A-level Chemistry course which gives a thorough and solid chemistry grounding in preparation for university. It is a rigorous and rewarding course that builds on the knowledge and skills from Key Stage 4. Both formative and summative assessment are employed to continuously review individual progress. The chemistry syllabus place a lot of emphasis on the social and technological implications of science. All external assessments are taken at the end of the course for AS and A-level.

Head of Chemistry: Dr Louise MacGregor lmacgregor@kentcollege.ae
I began teaching in the UK 18 years ago and have worked in the international circuit for 14 years, most recently at a large international school in Bangkok.

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