Year 11 - Chemistry Unit 1-2

Course Description:


Chemistry underpins the production and development of energy, the maintenance of clean air and water, the production of food, medicines and new materials, and the treatment of wastes. Chemistry explores and explains the composition and behaviour of matter and the chemical processes that occur on Earth and beyond. Chemical models and theories are used to describe and explain known chemical reactions and processes.



In this unit students investigate the chemical properties of a range of materials from metals to salts to polymers and nanomaterials. They learn about elements, the periodic table, atomic structure and bonding, and relate structure to properties and specific applications. Students are also introduced to calculations in Chemistry including the mole concept. A research investigation allows students to further build their understanding of some of the materials covered in this unit of study.



This unit focuses on what makes water such a unique chemical. It is the most widely used solvent on Earth and students will explore its physical and chemical properties and relate this to its structure and bonding. They will also investigate a range of chemical reactions that occur in water, including those of an acid-base nature. Students will consider a range of techniques that can be used to analyse water samples for various solutes, including chemical contaminants. They will also be required to complete a quantitative laboratory investigation relating to water quality.


Resources and Equipment:

  • New text for 2016 – yet to be confirmed
  • Scientific calculator


Please note:

Students should be confident in using formulae and substituting values into them to obtain a final numerical answer.

Possible pathway could lead into -

Chemistry Unit 3-4

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