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Teaching Staff

Mr S Johnston (Head of Chemistry)

Dr L Wallace

Miss J Hedgley


Mrs C Carberry

Chemistry has an input into every aspect of our lives. It helps us understand the properties of substances and how they behave together. Teaching and Learning Aims

The Chemistry Department aims to make this subject relevant to the everyday experiences of our pupils. It is taught very much as a practical discipline through which pupils have hands-on experience, developing the skills necessary for thorough scientific investigation and problem-solving.


Key Stage 3 Summary

Year 8

Safety in the lab Materials Separation Techniques

Acids and Alkalis

Year 9

Kinetic Theory Gases Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

Making and Recording Observations

Year 10

Chemical Change Reactivity Series The Environment How Science Works



The CCEA Chemistry specification is delivered at Key Stage 4. Further details of this can be found at

Candidates will be encouraged to:

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for Chemistry and Science
  • develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods
  • acquire and apply skill, knowledge and understanding of how science works
  • acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning




Unit 1

Written Paper

(1½ Hours)

Year 12


Unit 2


Written Paper

(1¾ Hours)

Year 12 40%

Unit 3

Controlled Assessment

Year11 or 12



Double and Single award Science

The Chemistry department contributes to the delivery of both Double and Single Award Science following  the CCEA specifications. AS and a2 LEVEL Chemistry SUMMARY

The CCEA GCE specification is adopted at A-Level. At AS level, candidates are given a solid grounding in foundation Chemistry. The specification introduces the chemical reactivity of atoms and molecules and provides an understanding of their structures. The development and use of the Periodic Table is explained in greater depth as is organic chemistry. There is a greater emphasis on practical work, planning and investigation which is examined in the AS 3 practical examination which takes place each May.


Year 13 



Mode of Assessment



Basic concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Written paper




Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and introduction to Organic Chemistry

Written paper (1½ Hours)



Practical Assessment

Practical (1⅟4 Hours) +

Written paper (1⅟4 Hours)



The A2 specification develops the concepts of physical chemistry, inorganic and organic introduced at AS level. Candidates will continue their study of kinetic, equilibria and spectroscopic techniques to a greater depth. New areas such as Transition metals will also be introduced. Candidates will complete two written papers and a two part practical assessment similar to the one at AS.


Year 14



Mode of Assessment


A2 1

Periodic Trends and Further Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Written paper 2 Hours


A2 2

Analytical and Transition Metals, Electrochemistry and Further Organic Chemistry

Written paper

2 Hours


A2 3

Practical Assessment

1⅟4 Hours Practical +

1⅟4 Hours Written paper



Extra Curricular/Extended Learning Opportunities

Pupils in Years 8 – 10 have an emphasis placed on investigation and practical skills as part of their curriculum. Every opportunity is taken during class time to develop this. A weighting of 20% is given to the practical assessment component which forms part of the end of year examinations for all Key Stage 3 classes.

Randox Laboratories have a close affiliation with Antrim Grammar. Part of this has been in the form of sixth form visits to some of their sites situated just outside Crumlin. AS and A2 pupils have gained an insight into some of the more technical aspects of a career in science which has in a number of instances, assisted individuals in making decisions concerning UCAS applications.


Career Opportunities

GCSE Chemistry and especially A-level Chemistry, form a solid basis for careers such as nursing, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science and pharmacy. The majority of biological sciences such as genetics, biotechnology, biochemistry, marine biology and food science will all have a dependency on its skills too. Other careers such as chemical engineering, forensic science and law all benefit from an understanding of the basic principles of this discipline.