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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Mr P Edwards BSc (Hons), PGCE

Introduction to the department

Chemistry is a fundamental science being integral to every facet of life. The sciences of - physics, engineering, forensics, environmental and biomedical sciences - share an essential connection with chemistry. Almost every new technological challenge and important discovery has a foundation in chemistry. 

The Chemistry department at DHSG provides an exciting and challenging learning experience for students in all key stages. At KS3 the students are taught a two year course that forms the foundations for KS4 AQA GCSE Chemistry. For those who choose Double Science rather than Triple Science, the department also offers Combined Science Trilogy at GCSE. Large numbers of students choose to continue their study of the subject at A level, both courses are suitable preparation for A level chemistry.

Key stage 3  (Year 7 and 8) 

Years 7 and 8 are divided into four units each. In year 7, ‘Introduction to Chemistry and Acids’, ‘The Particulate Nature of Matter’, ‘Atoms. Elements and Compounds’ and ‘Pure and impure Substances’ are taught. In year 8, the units are ‘Chemical Reactions’, ‘Energetics’, ‘The Periodic Table’ and ‘Materials’

Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11) 

AQA GCSE Chemistry is delivered. Separate science students follow all units 1, 2 and 3 and 4. Practical skills are assessed throughout the course and examined as part of the final examination series.

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website  GCSE Chemistry Specification

Combined sciences

Combined science students follow specific elements of units 1, 2, 3 and 4. Practical skills are assessed throughout the course and are reviewed as part of the final examination series..

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website  GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Specification

Extra-curricular activities 

Enrichment opportunities include the Chemistry Olympiad in year 13, the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge in Year 12 and the Paignton Zoo trip in Year 8.