Head of Department
Mr M Woods
Summer Work 2020
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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65%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

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of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

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23Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a regular time to pursue an activity you love 🎨🧘‍♀️🎶📚 #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/rYEQ6Pq4G8

23Nov '20

Panorama Documentary – “Is TikTok Safe?” You may be aware that a recent Panorama programme was broadcast titled “Is TikTok Safe?”. This documentary explored some of the issues surrounding the popular social media app. #WKGS have released the letter below offering advice... (1/2)

22Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/72z5M4dAR8

21Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill from a friend or share one of yours with them. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PHzjNcdN0c

20Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 20: Make a meal using a recipe or ingredient you've not tried before. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/VXJ0EaJ2el

20Nov '20

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19Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 19: Broaden your perspective: read a different paper, magazine or site. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/LmLZCPOdyw

19Nov '20

Our #WKGSY11 got to experience life @WestKirbyGS 6th Form and tried out some A-Level lessons. 👍😃 If you would like to know more about #WKGS6thForm or if you would like to submit an application, please click on the links below ⬇️ wkgs.org/6th-form-virtu… wkgs.org/sixth-form-onl… https://t.co/2BIBOWmKET

18Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 18: Connect with someone from a different generation. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jpTD8PSQPT

18Nov '20

Bullying can have a devastating impact on those who experience it. But by channelling our collective efforts & ambitions, we can reduce it. The #WKGSCommunity💙 is supporting #AntiBullyingWeek Together, we’re #UnitedAgainstBullying. @abaonline bit.ly/antibullyingwe… https://t.co/P7UoAdTT23

17Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 17: Try a new way to practice self-care and be kind to yourself. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/w1egxUjyZm

16Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 16: Look at life through someone else’s eyes and see their perspective. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/moE8DaWqJw

16Nov '20

Bullying can have a devastating impact on those who experience it. But by channelling our collective efforts & ambitions, we can reduce it That’s why the #WKGSCommunity💙 are supporting #AntiBullyingWeek this Nov. Together, we’re #UnitedAgainstBullying bit.ly/antibullyingwe… https://t.co/yfaCecRNOQ

15Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 15: Go outside and do something playful - walk, run, explore, relax. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember #actionhappiness @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/yADLEbknVe

14Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 14: Find a new way to help or support a cause you care about. #wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/9CLDkL4cA1