Studying Chemistry at The Senior School will involve theory and practical Science. We look at chemical reactions and how chemistry helps explain the world around us.

KS4 (Years 10 and 11): IGCSE

Year 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel International GCSE course (4Ch1). The main areas of assessment are the principles of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. 

What will I learn?

This is a two-year course of study in the Science of the Properties, Behaviour, Structure and Composition of Matter.  It is a single-tier qualification that is suitable both for students for whom it is a final Science qualification and for those students who require a sound foundation for further study of Chemistry at A-level.  

The aims of the course are   

  • To develop students’ understanding of the unifying patterns and themes of Chemistry.  

  • To further students’ appreciation of the practical nature of Chemistry and develop experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques.  

  • To develop an appreciation of the importance of accurate experimental work in scientific methods and reporting.  

  • To enable students to formulate hypotheses and design experiments to test them.  

  • To develop an understanding of the widespread importance of Chemistry and the way materials are used in the world.  

  • To show how the work of the Chemist has social, industrial, technological, environmental and economic consequences for the community. 

How will I be assessed?

There are two written papers, one of 2 hours and the other of 1 hour 15 minutes. 

What sort of homework will I be set?

You will be set a variety of homework tasks including practice questions, lab reports, past paper questions and textbook exercises. 

Sixth Form: AS and A level


Edexcel Chemistry International AS and A level XCH11/YCH11

The Advanced Level Chemistry course aims and objectives are to enable students to develop:

  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how they relate to each other
  • a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
  • their interest in and enthusiasm for Chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with Chemistry.

Curriculum Content

The course covers the major topics in chemistry, including molar calculations, structure and bonding, energetics, rates, equilibria, Group chemistry, transition metals and a range of organic chemistry; as well as associated experimental skills.  


Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of chemistry by applying the concepts that they study to a range of different problems, set in a variety of contexts. Students will need to apply mathematical skills to the problems. Students will also develop their practical skills. This course includes at least 16 core practical activities. 

How is the course assessed?   

 At the end of Year 12 you will sit three written papers, two of 1 hour 30 minutes and the third of 1 hour 20 minutes. This gives an IAS in Chemistry. 

At the end of Year 13 you will sit a further three papers, two of 1 hour 45 minutes and one of 1 hour 20 minutes to get an IAL in Chemistry. 

What are the GCSE requirements for the course?

Students wishing to study Chemistry in the Sixth form need the following:

  • IGCSE Chemistry with a grade of 6; preferably Grade 8 or 9 at IGCSE. Students entering with a 6 may find the course challenging.  

  • IGCSE Physics is strongly recommended but not required (those without a background in Physics may have difficulties with certain Chemistry topics)  

  • IGCSE Maths grade 6 or above  

Future Career Choices

This course will prepare you for careers such as  Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Food Technology, Education, Chemical Engineering, Archaeology, Geology, Research, Agronomics/Agriculture, Molecular Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Industrial Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry (Research Sciences), Biochemical Engineering, and many more.