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:

The topics covered in Year 10 are:

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:

Quantitative Chemistry (moles)



Soluble and insoluble salts


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 IGCSE Chemistry, this specification offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and the opportunity for independent progression in Science.