Head of Department
Mr M Woods
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry OR in Combined Science

Exam Board

AQA

Why Choose Chemistry?

The world we live in is shaped by Chemistry. Medicines, materials that allow us to communicate electronically and the clothes we wear, all demonstrate the power of Chemistry to make our lives better. Chemists help to understand the world and develop solutions to the problems facing modern society. Some of the work of chemists over recent years has included identifying environmental problems like the role of greenhouse gases in climate change, developing drugs for previously untreatable diseases and the continuing search to improve our quality of life - without burdening the environment.

This course will suit any student with a genuine interest and enthusiasm for all that is around them; it will provide a firm scientific foundation for those wanting to make their mark in the world of science and technology in the future. Students will develop practical, analytical and problem solving skills through regular practical work. These skills are invaluable, universally accepted and highly sought after by universities and employers. Throughout the A-level programme of study there are many opportunities offered to students to enrich the curriculum and support the Science community in school.

What is Involved?

Physical Chemistry

Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding; Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc, Oxidation, reduction and redox equations, Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems, Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells and Acids and bases. 

Inorganic Chemistry

Periodicity; Group 2 - the alkaline earth metals; Group 7(17) - the halogens, Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals and Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry

Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes; Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes; Alcohols, Organic analysis, Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and Chromatography.

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examination results

59%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

79%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

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01Feb '23

There are still a final few tickets available for the forthcoming production of Grease. Performances are on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February at 7:00pm. The matinee performance is at 2:30pm on Saturday 11th February. ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… #greaseistheword https://t.co/IPakwlb3JB

01Feb '23

Amazing achievement Emilie (#WKGSY13) twitter.com/WKGS_PE/status…

28Jan '23

We were delighted for our #WKGS Eco-committee this week when they were awarded the Eco-schools Global Citizens award in an online ceremony; our students show real passion about environmental and sustainability issues and we are really proud of them for achieving this award. https://t.co/XxzuKscQV4

27Jan '23

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20Jan '23

We are pleased to announce that our #WKGS Robotics Club is up and running with our first session taking place today. Lots of exciting projects using BBC Microbit, Servo Boards and Move Motor kits. Friday at 1:30 in C3 (D&T Block). All welcome. #STEM #Robotics #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/S6lCsCXI5D

20Jan '23

Well done and good luck everyone. A record number of students have qualified this year. twitter.com/WKGS_Computing…

19Jan '23

Limited Grease tickets still available! We are pleased to offer a fully licensed bar service, along with soft drinks, sweets and confectionery. The bar will be open before the performance and during the interval with cashless payment available. Book now: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/WlM7brfQTM

19Jan '23

We are lucky to be located in such a scenic costal location at #WKGS. This week our #WKGS6thForm Enrichment Programme walking groups took in the views of the Wirral Way at Caldy and Red Rocks, Hoylake. https://t.co/p5g4k1pmxq

18Jan '23

Our #WKGSCommunity have celebrated #ChineseNewYear2023 this week in their assemblies with Mr Vane. Special thanks to Claudia, Melissa, Georgina and Isabella in their fantastic efforts at restoring our Chinese lion at Model Club, ready in time for the assemblies. https://t.co/JoKzYdz3R4

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Receptionist who will also work as the First Aid Lead for the school, supporting the work of the Front Office and Administration staff, with immediate effect. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/jsnKRbfBeG

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Attendance Officer /Administration Assistant for Years 7 – 11 to support the work of the Pastoral and Administration teams. Prior experience in a similar role is desirable but not essential. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/Fwmt5chDg9

16Jan '23

Congratulations to the #WKGS Eco-subcommittee for becoming Eco-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year award winners for their outstanding work on the environmental concerns of fast fashion and the benefits of upcycled clothing. (Details on p20-21) c-6.net/virtualdocs/ec… https://t.co/0mGqXBe30X

16Jan '23

Eco-schools Global Citizenship School of the Year award

We are delighted that our Eco-Subcommittee has received the award from Keep Britain Tidy of Eco-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year. Their work on the Wirral-wide TexPop26 event - a music and design competition which raises awareness about the environmental damage fast-fashion causes across the world and the promotion of the benefits of upcycled clothing has been outstanding. The school also won two awards at the Wirral event in the Future Yard: school band ‘The Room’ were named ‘Best Performing Group’, and the creators of their upcycled stage-clothes won the ‘Best Upcycled Clothing’ award. Eco-Schools is the world’s largest schools’ environmental programme and students taking part can learn about everything from litter and biodiversity to energy and global citizenship. We are proud to have been accredited with the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

13Jan '23

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available to purchase for the #WKGS production of Grease via the link below. Performances take place between Wednesday 8th February and Saturday 11th February (7pm Wed-Fri and 2.30pm Sat). ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/IkFLpcGBtA

10Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, committed individual to be join our Careers team, offering advice to students in Year 10-13, and co-ordinating Work Experience placements for students in Years 10 and 12. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/EETtK0aX4X