Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School


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    School Curriculum - Chemistry


    Chemistry occupies a central position amongst the Science subjects.  On the one hand it is linked to Physics through Physical Chemistry whilst on the other to Biology through Organic Chemistry. 

    Chemistry is of fundamental importance in many careers such Medicine, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Petrochemicals, etc, and the disciplines of the subject make it well accepted as a basis for other non-science based careers such as Law and Accountancy. 

    At Kirkham Grammar School we aim to make the study of the subject both interesting and enjoyable whilst at the same time developing essential skills, knowledge and an awareness of the importance of Chemistry to life. 

    Lower School

    In the Lower School Chemistry is taught separately to the other sciences in modern well equipped laboratories.  The course is designed to be informative and enjoyable and as such is practically based with pupils encouraged to think for themselves in a scientific and logical manner.

    Middle School


    Board: AQA

    Chemistry is taught as a separate subject to all students, with examinations being taken in the Fifth Year for those studying Combined Science (Trilogy) and Chemistry at GCSE. 

    Sixth Form



    Board: AQA

    At A-level, Paper 1 examines the relevant Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Practical Skills. 

    Paper 2 examines the relevant Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Practical Skills. 

    Paper 3 examines any of the content and any Practical Skills.  The A-level examinations will all be taken at the end of the A-level course.  It is a linear course.


    First and Second Year:        Science Club

    Fourth and Fifth Year:          Chemistry Support Club

    Sixth Form:                            RSC Olympiad

                                                    RSC Chemistry in a Suitcase

                                                    Visits to local University Departments

           C3L6 Chemistry Challenge – Cambridge University


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