Chemistry GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School
Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Science - Science and Mathematics
What does the course involve?
The course runs over two years and students will receive a total of 3 lessons per week from a specialist chemistry teacher. The course comprises 4 parts, at the end of which there are 3 written examinations. Each one contains unit specific theory questions together with questions on aspects of 'How Science Works' (which is the common theme in all the AQA Science GCSE courses) plus a coursework component which represents the fourth part of the qualification. All the written papers are based on a modular format and may be re-sat as often as necessary. The external assessment examinations are at the end of the course i.e. in June 2008 and are as follows:
Unit 1 'Chemistry 1': The unit comprises a written paper with short answer questions. The questions assess the subject content in 'How Science Works' Sections 10 (up to 9 marks) and 'Chemistry 1' i.e. Section 11 of the syllabus (at least 36 marks). Section 11 looks at building materials, making metals and crude oil.
Unit 2 'Chemistry 2': The unit comprises a written paper with short answer questions. The questions assess the subject content in 'How Science Works' Sections 10 (up to 9 marks) and 'Chemistry 2' i.e. Section 12 of the syllabus (at least 36 marks). Section 12 looks at chemical bonding and rates of reaction.
Unit 3 'Chemistry 3': The unit comprises a written paper with short answer questions. The questions assess the subject content in 'How Science Works' Sections 10 (up to 9 marks) and 'Chemistry 3' i.e. Section 13 of the syllabus (at least 36 marks). Section 13 looks at periodic table, acids and alkalis, heat changes, water and analysis techniques.
The Chemistry Centre - Assessed Unit for Coursework
The unit comprises an Investigative Skills Assignment, which is normal class practical work followed by an externally set, internally assessed test taking 45 minutes, and a Practical Skills Assessment which is a holistic practical skills assessment assessed throughout the two year course.
Why choose Chemistry?
The answer is all around us! From paint on the walls to why some things stick together and others don`t, chemistry explains and it`s at the heart of things as diverse as forensic analysis, make up on our faces and the fertilisers that encourage our plants to grow. Chemistry is a subject for anyone that`s naturally curious and who wants to know why. The topics studied are mostly familiar from KS3 but they`re looked at in more detail. Chemistry is a practical subject and the changes to all the GCSE science syllabuses have this very much in mind. The changes place more emphasis on students understanding how science works, which means not just learning theory but understanding the practical side of science and its relationship to the world in which we live. The new science specifications are designed so that all students, regardless of ability, gain a good grounding in science. GCSE Chemistry (Separate Sciences) is an excellent preparation for A level Chemistry which is often a compulsory gateway to many careers, particularly those involving medicine
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.