Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students will study concepts that include particles and their behaviour, elements, atoms and compounds, simple chemical reactions and acids and alkalis. Each topic is studied through a mix of investigation, theory and practical work. It is an opportunity for students to become familiar with scientific equipment and carrying out experiments.   

Year 8

Students will build on the concepts of year 7 by studying topics including the Periodic table, separating techniques, metals and acids and the Earth. Through practical investigation and theory students are able to understand the foundational concepts that they will need later in GCSE chemistry.

Year 9

The topics and style of investigation is to support the transition from key stage 3 chemistry into GCSE chemistry. The practical work and write up is to enable students to develop skills they will need in their GCSE chemistry. They will also study concepts that include air quality, pollution and how human activity contributes to the impact of climate change.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Chemistry


Subject Leader:

Miss Pal


Exam Specification:

OCR GCSE Chemistry J258

QN Code:





Summary of course content

C1 – Air and water

C2 – Chemical patterns

C3 – Chemicals of the natural environment

C4 – Material choices

C5 – Chemical analysis

C6 – Making useful chemicals

C7 – Ideas about Science

C8 – Practical skills


Terminal Examinations at the end of year 11 – both papers assess content from all 8 sections

Paper 1 – Breadth in Chemistry – 1 hour 45 minutes – 50%

Paper 2 – Depth in Chemistry – 1 hour 45 minutes – 50%

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Practical work and theory

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Research, revision, exam questions

How will it help me in the future?

Awareness and greater understanding of the world around you. Excellent preparation for A-level chemistry

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

All work done in KS3 will be built upon to  a higher level of understanding

What skills will I develop?

Practical processes, analysis and evaluation