Every aspect of science is essential for the development of the technological world. The aim of the Chemistry Department is to equip all students with a grasp of scientific literacy so our young adults can make informed everyday decisions in order to achieve success.
At Kensington School, pupils in Forms 4 and 5 cover the IGCSE Chemistry course, this introduces the core aspects of Chemistry in order to provide pupils with the appropriate insight necessary to achieve their targets in the subject. The main disciplines are the principles of Chemistry, the elements as well as both organic and physical Chemistry and the role played by Chemistry in society. The practical element of the subject is crucial for a thorough understanding. Our laboratories are equipped to allow pupils to attain the practical skills that are so intrinsic to this subject.
The GCE course extends the topics covered in the IGCSE. New branches of Chemistry are introduced. The practical aspect of the subject also becomes much more relevant. The topics covered include amongst others atomic structure, the periodic table, formulae and equations, kinetics and organic chemistry.
As well as delivering the chemistry concepts above mentioned, students develop a range of skills called “How Science Works” (HSW) and these focus on investigative skills, the scientific community, using models, developing explanations and arguments and evaluating scientific work. HSW is continually assessed throughout the course and students are given verbal and written feedback in relation to strengths, weaknesses and focus for improvement.
A suitable candidate for this subject must show an interest for science in general, is willing to work hard and is able to communicate his/her trend of thought in English.
The subject is treated in a much more quantitative manner than in the IGCSE course. So, precise and agile arithmetic skills are, along with the aptitudes of a scientific mind, very valuable tools in the course.