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Brighton College

Brighton College

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. It is the study of the structure and properties of substances that are all around us and by studying Chemistry we are able to gain a better understanding of ourselves and our environment. Chemical technologies enrich our quality of life by providing new solutions to health, materials and energy. Thus, studying Chemistry is useful in preparing pupils for the real world. Because it is a science, learning Chemistry means learning how to be objective, how to reason and to solve problems. Pupils will become flexible and inquisitive, learning how to confidently reach conclusions from gathered evidence. Unlike a generation ago, today’s university graduate should anticipate not a single position with one employer or industry, but rather many careers.  A central science such as Chemistry will equip pupils with the necessary skills to succeed in this ever-changing environment. The GCSE course is a modern course in which pupils will be encouraged to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works. 

All teaching occurs in purpose built very well resourced science labs by Chemistry specialists. The Science Department is at the heart of the school and pupils can not fail to be reminded of the importance of science in our everyday lives as they have to walk through the department many times each day on their way to other lessons!

Year 9 & GCSE

We begin our GCSE teaching in Year 9 and follow the AQA Chemistry specification which leads to a separate Chemistry GCSE (so pupils gain 3 science GCSEs altogether). All examinations are now terminal so pupils have to sit the entire GCSE at the end of Year 11, although 25% of the qualification is a practical examination (the ‘ISA’) and this is conducted during the school term.