Head of Department: Mr J Styles BSc (UCL), MA (Lond)
The Chemistry department's aim is to stimulate and nurture a love of, and interest in, Chemistry and to help students to understand the importance of the subject and its relevance to the wider world. We provide high quality and academically stimulating lessons, with a strong emphasis on practical experiments, to enhance the enjoyment of the subject within the environment of a beautifully-refurbished and purpose-built Chemistry department.
Follow the links below to learn more about Chemistry at Epsom College.
Year 7/Third Form
In the Third Form the students follow a tailormade course that covers the KS3 curriculum, and all the essentials of the Common Entrance syllabus. The course is heavily practical-based and makes use of the students' iPads for datalogging, recording data and research. The students can also access all the resources and lessons through the Firefly/Dynamic Learning links.
Year 8/Lower Fourth
The Lower Fourth course bridges the gap between Third Form (Year 7) and the start of the IGCSE course in Middle Fourth (Year 9). While it does not follow the Common Entrance Syllabus or the Key Stage 3 completely, it ensures students have the skills required to succeed at GCSE. iPads allow access to the course content through Dynamic Learning and FireFly and facilitate more advanced datalogging through a variety of Pasco Sensors.
Year 9/Middle Fourth
Students are taught in six mixed ability sets and learn the core concepts and skills required for the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry course (syllabus 4CH0 - 2017). Over half the lessons contain a practical activity and students learn to complete these exercises with skill, precision and a heightened awareness of safety.
The Upper Fourth students study for Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry (syllabus code 4CH0 - 2011) and are taught in seven sets. During this year, they cover the Core Principles of Chemistry course, and most of the Inorganic and Physical Chemistry topics. The students acquire a wide range of practical skills and are taught in seven groups which have been set across the core science subjects.
All students study in preparation for Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry (syllabus code 4CH0), and will be assessed through two exams taken at the end of the academic year. The first exam is two hours long and the final exam consists of a one hour paper. There is no coursework for this course.
More than 50 Sixth Form students study Edexcel GCE Chemistry (8CH0/1/2). Each set is taught by two of the teachers within the department, who each take responsibility for delivering overlapping and linearly developing sections of the syllabus. There is no coursework element to the course; however, practical work still plays an important role. Students must complete and record a series of core and additional practicals, which will be used as evidence for their Practical Competency and will be recorded as a pass or a fail on their examination certificate. Ideas and principles from the core practicals will also be tested in the written paper. At the end of the Summer Term, students sit two module exams of 90 minutes in length, each worth 50% of the final AS score.
Head of Department
Mr J Styles BSc (UCL), MA (Lond)
Department Teaching Staff
Ms S Heyes BSc (Newcastle)
Mr L Matthews BSc (Exeter)
Mrs T M Muller MA (Oxon)
Mr N S A Payne BSc (Salford)
Mrs S E Williams MA (Cantab)
Mr M Fice BSc (Portsmouth), MSc (Hull)
Mrs K Gjeshovska BSc (Macedonia), MSc (Kingston)
Mrs C Ellison
The Chemistry department is a light and airy building housing six fully-equipped laboratories, a departmental library, two offices and a network of interconnecting prep rooms.