Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of matter at the level of atoms, molecules, ions and compounds. These substances are the building blocks of life and all of the materials that surround us. Chemists play a vital role in the production of everyday commodities. Chemistry research and development is essential for the introduction of new products. The study of chemistry is of benefit not only to those intending to pursue a career in science, but also to those intending to work in areas such as the food, health, textile or manufacturing industries. An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts.

National Chemistry

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The purpose of the National Chemistry course is to develop students’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry are integrated and developed throughout the course. The relevance of chemistry is highlighted by the study of the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts. This enables students to become scientifically literate citizens, able to review the science-based claims they will meet.

Chemistry offers opportunities for students to develop the ability to think analytically and to make reasoned evaluations. The course covers a variety of relevant contexts including the chemistry of the Earth’s resources, the chemistry of everyday products and chemical analysis. The course allows flexibility and personalisation by offering students the choice of topic for their assignment. It develops a broad, versatile and adaptable skill set which is valued in the workplace, forms the basis for progression to the study of chemistry at a higher level, and provides knowledge useful in the study of all of the sciences.

The aims of the course are for students to:
·        develop and apply knowledge and understanding of chemistry
·        develop an understanding of the impact of chemistry on everyday life
·        develop an understanding of chemistry’s role in scientific issues and
·        relevant applications of chemistry, including the impact these could make on society and the environment
·        develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills
·        develop scientific analytical thinking skills in a chemistry context
·        develop the skills to use technology, equipment and materials, safely, in practical scientific activities
·        develop planning skills
·        develop problem-solving skills in a chemistry context
·        use and understand scientific literacy, in everyday contexts, to communicate ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices
·        develop the knowledge and skills for more advanced learning in chemistry
·        develop skills of independent working

National Chemistry enables students to make their own decisions on issues within a modern society, where the body of scientific knowledge and its applications and implications are ever developing.

Higher Chemistry

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Higher Chemistry develops students’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout Higher Chemistry.

Students develop an appreciation of the impact of chemistry on their everyday lives by applying their knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts in practical situations. Higher Chemistry provides opportunities for students to think analytically, creatively and independently, and to make reasoned evaluations. It allows flexibility and personalisation by offering students the choice of topic for their assignment.

Students gain an understanding of chemical bonding and intermolecular
forces that allows them to predict the physical properties of materials. They apply a knowledge of functional groups and organic reaction types to solve problems in a range of diverse contexts.

Students also learn important chemical concepts used to take a chemical process from the researcher’s bench through to industrial production.
The concept of the mole allows the quantities of reagents required
to be calculated, and the quantity of products predicted. By studying energy, rates and equilibria, students can suggest how reaction conditions can be chosen to maximise the profitability of an industrial process.

Students learn about industrial analytical chemistry techniques, such as volumetric analysis and chromatography.
Students develop a range of skills that are valued in the work place,
Providing a secure foundation for the study of chemistry in further and
higher education. The course also provides a knowledge base that is
useful in the study of other sciences.

Higher Chemistry enables students to make their own decisions on issues within a modern society, where scientific knowledge and its applications and implications are constantly developing.

Higher Chemistry aims to:
·        develop and apply knowledge and understanding of chemistry
·        develop an understanding of chemistry’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of chemistry, including the impact these could make in society and the environment
·        develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills
·        develop scientific analytical thinking skills, including scientific evaluation, in a chemistry context
·        develop the use of technology, equipment and materials safely in practical scientific activities, including using risk assessment
·        develop planning skills
·        develop problem-solving skills in a chemistry context
·        use and understand scientific literacy to communicate ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices
·        develop the knowledge and skills for more advanced learning in chemistry
·        develop skills of independent working