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Studying Chemistry at Bloxham School

Chemistry is a fascinating and diverse subject which is central to civilised life as we know it. The products of the chemicals industry clothe us, warm us, transport us, restore our health when we are ill, and provide us with the thousands of materials which we use at work and at play.

Chemistry in the Lower School

Lower School follows an in-house course in chemistry. Classes are taught in small mixed ability groups and have two periods per week. The course is written to be a sound foundation for the transition to the iGCSE course starting in the Third Form. Topics covered include: the particle model of matter, atoms and elements, acids and alkalis, air and water pollution, separating mixtures and chemical reactions.

Chemistry in the Middle School

GCSE teaching starts in the Third Form. We follow the AQA iGCSE (level 2 certificate) with a view to the majority of pupils taking chemistry as a separate science; in order to facilitate this we teach the iGCSE course over three years. Pupils study chemistry for three periods per week.

In the Third Form the year is split into four broad ability sets of between 10 and 18 pupils, studying the foundation topics of the iGCSE course including: fundamental ideas in chemistry, crude oil, the periodic table, air and water, reactivity of metals, energy changes.

At the end of the Fourth Form a decision is made as to which pupils will go on to study three individual science GCSEs, or which are more suited to the double award science course. Topics studied include: bonding and structure, chemical reactions and calculations, acids and bases, structure of metals, hydrocarbons and polymers.

In the Fifth Form the year group is divided in to sets taking the separate sciences and the double award course. Topics include: electrolysis, analysis, ammonia, further organic chemistry.

Chemistry in the Sixth Form

At A Level the OCR A course is followed, which is a traditional chemistry course and comprises of two written exams and a practical assessment component at AS and A2. Sixth Form classes usually have between six and 12 students. AS Units: atoms, bonds and groups, chains, energy, resources, practical skills in chemistry 1. A2 Units: rings, polymers and analysis, equilibria, energetics, elements, practical skills in chemistry 2.

Teaching staff

You can find out more about our teaching staff in the Meet the Team pages.