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Year 10 Chemistry

Chemistry helps us to understand fundamental matter, it is essentially the science that helps us to understand all the interactions that happen between atoms, molecules and every substance on Earth. In the GCSE Chemistry course we learn how the Earth works from the micro level up to the macro level.  Lessons are taught with a practical bias looking at finding out why things happen, allowing the boys to discover for themselves but then backing this up with the theory to gain a complete understanding of each of the topic areas covered.


We have a bespoke Chemistry laboratory.  Our lessons are practically based allowing boys to experience the reactions before explaining how these reactions happen. Our Chemistry teachers are highly qualified and have specialisms within several fields of Chemistry.

Autumn Term

Structure and bonding 
Ionic, covalent (simple and giant molecules) and metallic bonding.
Properties of compounds formed
Bonding models
Acids and bases
The pH scale including hydrogen ion concentration
Strong and weak acids
Concentrated and dilute acids and alkalis
Neutralisation reactions
Preparation of soluble salts by titration
Preparation of soluble salts by insoluble base and acid
Solubility rules
Preparation of insoluble salts by precipitation

Spring Term

Chemical Calculations
Relative formula mass
Empirical formulae
Molecular formulae
Law of conservation of mass
Avogadro’s number and its application to number of particles
Reacting masses
Concentrations of solutions
Balancing equations from reacting masses
Titration calculations
Volumes of gases 
Rates of reaction
Finding the rate of a reaction practically
Collision theory
Factors affecting the rate of a reaction practically
Catalysts and enzymes

Summer Term

Energy changes
Endothermic and exothermic reactions
Bond breaking and bond making
Reaction profiles
Reversible reactions
Dynamic equilibrium
Factors affecting the position of equilibrium
Factors affecting the rate of attainment of equilibrium
Industrial processes and equilibrium
The Haber process
Production of ammonium sulfate
Electrolytes, electrolysis and ions
Formation of products in electrolysis of simple binary, ionic compounds
Half equations at the cathode and anode
Oxidation and reduction 
Electrolysis of aqueous solutions
Purification of copper using copper electrodes
Chemical and fuel cells
Chemical cells from 2 metals
Hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells
Strengths and weaknesses of fuel cells