Chemistry

The Chemistry Department at Glenalmond College aims to encourage and stimulate, as well as challenge, pupils of all abilities. 

We endeavour to provide them with opportunities to develop skills, both in a practical and scholastic sense, which will be useful not just in their academic careers but also in everyday life. Pupils are encouraged to become confident citizens in an increasingly technical world and to establish an informed grounding in matters of scientific interest or debate. Measured from a purely examination perspective the department's A level and GCSE results are amongst the best in the school.

Curriculum

Third Form

In the Third Form we teach a foundation for the IGCSE course which touches upon some elements of the specification but focuses more on developing practical skills and creating some solid Chemistry building blocks.

GCSE

At GCSE, studying all three sciences to some level is compulsory. We currently follow the Edexcel IGCSE (Edexcel Certificate) specification entering the majority of pupils for Double Award (IGCSE Double Award Specification). The bulk of the International GCSE course is covered during the Fourth and Fifth Form, in tiered ability groups, with the subject matter supported by extensive practical work where possible.

Sixth Form

At AS and A2 level we follow the OCR SALTERS Chemistry specification (AS/A2 Chemistry Specification). Pupils are placed in mixed ability groups and teaching staff follow pupils through both years of study. In addition to studying theoretical aspects, pupils pursue an extensive course of practical work. At AS level a folder of assessed experiments makes up one of the three modules whilst at A2 a more demanding Individual Investigation makes up 30% of the A2 mark. Here is the A level specification.

Extra Curricular

In an effort to stretch our very brightest pupils and assist the whole academic spectrum, two extra tutorials are provided per week throughout the whole year. These tutorials are aimed primarily at examination groups in December and April/May and are also used to help students prepare for the RSC Chemistry Olympiad. The Department is actively involved in local RSC activities including the School's Analyst and Top of the Bench competitions.

Department Head

Dr. Sean Wilkinson (Head of Chemistry and Head of Lower School Science)

Department staff

Mrs Theresa Hughes - Chemistry Specialist

Lauren Tosh- Biology and Chemistry Specialist

Dr Stephen Kinge - Deputy Head Academic, Physics and Chemistry Specialist

Mrs Sandi Macdougall - Chemistry Technician

Miss Caroline Rogers

Resources

The Glenalmond College Chemistry Blog lists Chemistry news and provides links and reading material for pupils.