Our curriculum is based on resources from ‘How Science Works’, previous National Curricula and ‘Oak Academy Science Resources’ that are mapped to the modern national curriculum. We have an emphasis on essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Chemistry. We have achieved this by including all the key themes of the modern National Curriculum as well as increasing the level of challenge for our highly achieving students by incorporating more of the scientific language and explanations used in further Chemistry, this language forms the basis of Chemistry in GCSE and A Level.
AQA 8462 – GCSE Chemistry & AQA 8464 GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
From the outset, we focus on key principles in Chemistry required to make rapid progress in the discipline.
We have mapped out the required substantive and epistemic knowledge that students will need to understand Chemical concepts as well as sequencing the knowledge and skills in a way that builds confidence and proficiency in Chemistry. We follow the AQA Chemistry Specifications for Separate and Combined Chemistry but look beyond the scope of the specifications by making extensive use of hinterland knowledge to engage and enthuse our students. Where relevant, higher-level content is discussed, to enable students to make links to higher level Chemistry and further ignite their scientific curiosity.
OCR H432 – A Level Chemistry
A Level Chemistry builds upon the substantive and epistemic knowledge developed at GCSE in two ways, a broader appreciation of the topics and a much deeper and more advanced understanding of the knowledge. Students will very quickly become enthused by their ability to solve complex chemical problems and describe Chemistry using formal scientific vocabulary. The course has been sequenced to enable students to make deep connections between topics as well as build their confidence in the advanced theories they are learning. A Level Chemistry makes use of the OCR Chemistry A specification, following discussions and collaboration with students studying A Level Chemistry, educators made the choice that this course was the best fit to our students because it focusses on key chemical concepts that enable students to feel confident about perusing Chemistry related courses in future, for example, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
We offer a range of different activities throughout the year, including: