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Year 9

Topics covered in Year 9 include:

Atoms, molecules and compounds  
Acids and salts
Oxygen and oxides
Hydrogen and water
Tests for ions and gases

There is also a strong emphasis on developing practical skills of students.

Years 10 and 11


Students at Ampleforth follow the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry Specification. Approximately 45% of students in Years 10 and 11 take IGCSE Chemistry (alongside Biology and Physics) leading to three IGCSE’s while the remainder follow a programme leading to two IGCSEs in Science (Double Award).

The Specification and past papers are available at:

Topics Covered in Year 10:

Structure and properties
Reactivity series & Extraction and uses of metals
Tests for ions and gases
Group I & Group VII elements
Energetics & Rates of reactions
Crude oil and Alkanes
Alkenes, Alcohols & Polymers
Mole calculations Energy calculations

The topics in year 11 covered are:

Quantative Chemistry (moles)

Equilibria: Haber Process, Contact Process

Electrolysis and calculations

Soluble and insoluble salts



Students choosing Double Award Science follow the AQA Chemistry specification. Both Higher Tier (giving access to grades A* - C) and Foundation Tier (C – G) examination papers are available. Candidates are entered for the papers which best suit their ability – this decision is made in the Lent Term of Year 11 following trial examinations. In practice, the majority sit the Higher tier papers. Students in Year 10 are following the new AQA Chemistry specification .

Year 10

Topics covered:

Metals and their uses
Earth and Atmosphere
Structure and Bonding
Rates of Reaction
Crude Oil, polymers and ethanol
Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
Plant Oils

Year 11

Topics covered:

Analysis and quantitative Chemistry
Production of ammonia
Periodic Table
Energy Changes
Alcohols, Carboxylic acids and esters

AS & A Level

Sixth Form chemists follow the new AQA A level.

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge.

There are six units in the full A-level – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. The remaining two units are internal assessments of investigative and practical skills. There are two routes for internal assessment: teacher-marked or AQA-marked. This provides flexibility to meet the needs of schools and colleges and their students.

Following on from GCSE Science or IGCSE Chemistry, this specification offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and the opportunity for independent progression in Science.