Years 10 and 11: IGCSE
Students are taught the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry course. No coursework is required, but the development of investigation skills is still an important element of the course. IGCSE courses are a good foundation for International Baccalaureate Diploma courses.
Students acquire practical and investigative skills and learn to appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work. Students learn to describe and explain patterns in data and learn to evaluate the social, environmental and economic impact of scientific developments.
There is emphasis on the wide spread importance of chemistry and its impact on environmental issues.
Sixth Form: International Baccalaureate
IB Chemistry is offered at Standard and Higher Level.
IB Chemistry coursework (internal assessment) requires students to plan, carry out, analyse and evaluate an investigation of their own choosing.
Topics studied include rates, which encourages students to practise and develop measurement, analysis and evaluation skills. Entropy is also studied, including reactions that bring order out of chaos.
A highlight of the IB course is the Experimental Sciences Project, conducted over two days in Year 12. Students are placed in groups and have to design a method to answer a question of their own choosing, based on a theme (for example the beach, eggs or the Olympics). Self-motivation and perseverance, working within a team and self-reflection are assessed. It is a great opportunity to work with others and have freedom to explore different approaches to problem solving.