Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances, and how substances interact with energy. Many people think of chemists as being white-coated scientists mixing strange liquids in a laboratory, but the truth is we are all chemists.

Doctors, nurses and veterinarians must study chemistry, but understanding basic chemistry concepts is important for almost every profession. Chemistry is part of everything in our lives.

Every material in existence is made up of matter — even our own bodies. Chemistry is involved in everything we do, from growing and cooking food to cleaning our homes and bodies to launching a space shuttle. Chemistry is one of the physical sciences that help us to describe and explain our world.


GCSE Chemistry

Chemistry gives students the opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of:

  • the nature of substances and how they react together
  • how Chemistry is used in business and industry
  • how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.

The Chemistry GCSE is designed to help students understand how to formulate a scientific approach to understanding and explaining the world and solving problems. This means that the 'How Science Works' approach is integrated throughout the GCSE.

The course has been structured in a way that starts with the fundamental ideas in Chemistry, putting the building blocks in place. This enables students to develop an understanding of topics such as chemical structures and their properties, chemical reactions and how to analyse substances.

During their time studying Chemistry at NUAST pupils will look at substances that they will come across in their daily lives like drinking water, vegetable oils and metals, our aim is to engage students by putting their learning in context.

Exam Board: AQA

The Chemistry GCSE

Course break down:

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

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A-Level Chemistry

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge.

There are three disciplines of chemistry studied within the A-level course: Physical chemistry, inorganic chemist and organic chemistry.

  • Physical chemistry looks at…
  • Inorganic chemistry looks at ….
  • Finally organic chemistry delves into the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds, i.e. matter in its various forms that contain carbon atoms. During the study of organic chemistry in the first year of A-level pupils focus on initially looking at the basics including naming and drawing molecules but also how to represent a reaction using mechanisms. Pupils will use this knowledge then to delve into more specific homologous series including; Alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes and alcohols. The final section of the first year of the A-level course pupils will learn about organic analysis and how we can determine what organic molecules we have in an unknown sample or if we have produced the correct product from a reaction. The second year takes what pupils have learnt and develops this further looking at a wider range of functional groups and other homologous series as well as interpreting more challenging methods of organic analysis.

The course consists of …

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