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

65%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

86%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

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of A-level students achieved grades A*-E

23Jul '22

The Summer Break may have started but our Gardening Club are still hard at work exhibiting at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Well done to all staff and students involved in this fantastic project #RHSSchoolGardening https://t.co/awJb3qvqUL

19Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 19: If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/oCg5JJHDS2

19Jul '22

We would like to wish our #WKGSCommunity a happy and restful Summer holiday. Thanks to all of our students and staff for their hard work and efforts this year. Friday 2nd September will be a Year 7 and Year 12 Induction Day with all year groups returning on Monday 5th September. https://t.co/WqMRNHx1aB

18Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 18: Let go of the small stuff and focus on what really matters. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/Cyukw8BSmu

17Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 17: Use one of your strengths to overcome a challenge today. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/VBjVexA2Lv

16Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 16: Find fun ways to distract yourself from unhelpful thoughts. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/BE7PeuQ4mO

16Jul '22

Year 10 Drama visit to London

Year 10 Drama students enjoyed a visit to London in a sweltering July heatwave; taking part in a practical workshop, led by professional practitioners, on performance skills and approaches to text. The same evening they watched 'Jack Absolute Flies Again’, a production at the National Theatre starring Caroline Quentin and Kelvin Fletcher. The following morning they took part in a guided tour of the National Theatre, seeing backstage, before travelling to the Fortune Theatre, near Drury Lane to see the matinee production of ‘Woman in Black’ - all were suitably scared!

15Jul '22

We are very excited that #WKGS band @its_theroom will be supporting @thisiszuzu with @astlesmusic this Saturday at @future_yard for the first New Noise Club <18 event. This is an Under 18s only event (dry bar). For tickets, please visit: linktr.ee/theroomofficial #zuzu #theroom https://t.co/K82p45heRe

15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022 https://t.co/wWD0lO2x6a

15Jul '22

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15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022...3/4 https://t.co/dOa2lp8kqh

15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022...2/4 https://t.co/c7BF7xw6OS

15Jul '22

This week we held our first Sports Day since 2019. Congratulations to all competitors for their amazing efforts and the supporters who cheered them along. Many thanks the PE Department and Sports Captains for organising such a fantastic event.. 1/4 #WKGS https://t.co/bDTmXju4MO

15Jul '22

#WKGS Gardening Club, with the help of Mrs Brown/ Mr Davies, are working on our contribution to the RHS School Allotment Show at next week’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The WKGS plot is a specially designed bee-friendly pollinator garden and is open to the public 21st-24th July. https://t.co/D28eCaoqPh