Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

KS5 Chemistry

Dream Jobs

  • Medicine – Doctor 
  • Nursing 
  • Dentistry 
  • Veterinarian  
  • Pharmacist  
  • Chemical Engineer 
  • Scientific research chemist – drug development  
  • Patent lawyer 
  • Optician 

What do our students say?

‘Chemistry practicals are the best! We get to perform practicals by ourselves which provides us with great experience if you want a career in scientific research’ 
Salma Abdinassir – Year 12 
‘I like Chemistry because the ideas and concepts we learn in class are very fascinating - more so when we can see its direct linkage to the real world. I have enjoyed participating in class and the overall quality and teaching style.’ -Ewuraba Harvey – Year 12 
‘I like chemistry because it gives me a good understanding about the world and how different chemicals and reactions are used in everyday life. I have enjoyed doing the practicals and learning how to name molecules in organic chemistry’ - Samuel Hannay – Year 12 
‘I’ve enjoyed studying Chemistry because I find it challenging and rewarding. My favourite topic is rate equations because it’s very applicable to real life and it makes me feel purposeful’ 
Rownag Sago – Year 12 

What do our parents say?

"Chemists do not usually stutter. It would be very awkward if they did, seeing that they have at times to get out such words as methylethylamylophenylium" - Sir William Crookes 

KS5 Chemistry at OASB

When students leave OASB, we want them to feel excitement and pride when they are able to appreciate that their knowledge of Chemistry links to wider concepts in the real world. We know that students that are confident and knowledgeable in Chemistry, will be able to take part in wider debates and global conversations with their friends, family and future colleagues surrounding health and pharmaceuticals. We want our students to use their knowledge to discern between fact and misinformation. 

We want our students to have a strong foundation of knowledge, allowing them to be inquisitive, not only about new learning in the classroom, but about the world around them. The first term will focus on creating chemical fluency by acquiring basic skills and knowledge that are critical for success in understanding more abstract concepts. Our curriculum aims to develop academic confidence by building on this fundamental knowledge and making links between the overarching concepts that thread throughout chemistry. This will empower students to become successful at the highest academic level. 

We also want to ensure that students have a secure understanding of the theory underpinning practical work and can apply the knowledge and concepts they are learning to this. Students are expected to complete a practical skills endorsement qualification, which requires them to analyse, design and question the validity of practical data that they collect. 

Our Chemistry curriculum is designed to stretch the limits of students beyond the basic requirements of A-level and aims for all students to be chemically fluent. Students will achieve this through a relentless focus on securing the highest leverage knowledge and working through difficult problems, no matter of their starting point. Secure knowledge and chemical fluency combined with rigour, equips students to achieve excellent grades in their public examinations. This provides students with the choice and opportunity to feel successful in studying chemistry at undergraduate level and beyond. 



For further information on the KS5 Chemistry curriculum at OASB please email