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. There is a strong emphasis on practical experiments, to enhance the enjoyment of the subject. And all delivered 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.

As pupils join the Lower School in Year 7, they 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.

Year 8 bridges the gap between Year 7 and the start of the IGCSE course in 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.

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.

Students in Years 10 and 11 study the Edexcel International GCSE (IGCSE) (4CH0).

Course overview.

Chemistry is the study of materials – what they are made of and how they interact with each other. It provides the tools to make new and better compounds for the service of mankind.

The aim of this course is to give pupils the opportunity to:

  • learn about unifying patterns and themes of chemistry
  • appreciate the practical nature of chemistry, acquiring experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting
  • form hypotheses and design experiments to test them
  • develop a logical approach to problem-solving in a wider context
  • understand the widespread importance of chemistry and the way materials are used in the world
  • appreciate how the work of the chemist has social, industrial, technological, environmental and economic consequences for the community
  • prepare for more advanced courses in chemistry and for courses which require them to have a knowledge of Chemistry.

This course will try to give you the skills and understanding to make decisions about the way chemistry affects your everyday life by applying concepts into contemporary areas of chemistry.

In addition, an A-level in Chemistry allows you to develop a range of generic skills requested by both employers and universities.

For instance, a successful A-level chemist will be an effective problem solver and be able to communicate efficiently both orally and with the written word.

Handling data will be a key part of your work, allowing you to demonstrate information-retrieval skills as well as numeracy and use of ICT.

You will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues.

Chemistry is a subject in which much learning stems from experimental work. You will need to work effectively as part of a group, developing team participation and leadership skills.

As you become more skilled you will take responsibility for selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, recording your observations and findings accurately and precisely as well as critically analysing and evaluating the methodology, results and impact of your own and others’ experimental and investigative activities.