S3 Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions. It helps to explain the links between the nature of matter and the properties of the world and it includes the study of Food and Drink, Fuels like oil, petrol and biodiesel, Fertilisers and Agriculture, Metals, Plastics and Acids and Alkalis. Chemistry research and development is essential for the introduction of new products and the chemical industry is a major contributor to the economy of the country. The S3 course provides opportunities for learners to recognise the impact chemistry makes on developing sustainability, and its effects on the environment, on society and on the lives of themselves and others.

The purpose of the S3 course is to develop learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts. Much learning is conducted through use of skills such as scientific inquiry and investigation and these are integrated and developed throughout the course. The relevance of Chemistry is highlighted by the study of the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Science learners will benefit from studying Chemistry along with other Science subjects

It is a practically-based course and covers the broad areas of how we use the Earth’s resources, the chemical reactions which affect our everyday lives and the chemistry which impacts on our environment. This will include the uses, impacts and effects of Chemistry in the food industry, agriculture and the petrochemical industry.

The S3 course further develops the skills and knowledge base from S1/2 and is an essential stepping stone to studying Chemistry at any further stage.

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
• develop basic knowledge and understanding of chemistry;
• develop an understanding of chemistry’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of chemistry in society and the environment;
• develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills;
• develop scientific analytical thinking skills in a chemistry context;
• develop the use of technology, equipment and materials, safely, in practical scientific activities;
• develop problem solving skills in a chemistry context;
• establish the foundation for more advanced learning in chemistry