St. Olave’s Grammar School celebrates a stunning 96% A*/B grades at A-Level with a total of 75% of all grades at A*/A . Fantastic GCSE results too with 90% of grades at A*/A or the new levels 9/8/7 in Mathematics and English. 67% at A* level

GCSE Chemistry

Please note that the current Year 11 are completing the outgoing Chemistry GCSE leading to the Edexcel Certificate (also known as IGCSE).  The subject is assessed by two equally weighted examination papers of 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

Year 9 and 10 students are studying the new, revised, Edexcel GCSE Chemistry (9-1) course.  The course will be assessed through two equally weighted examination papers of 1 hour and 45 minutes in length and the completion of eight core practicals.

Chemistry is a fascinating, challenging, and extremely rewarding subject.  The GCSE course develops many of the ideas first encountered in Years 7 and 8 and provides our learners with a greater knowledge and understanding of the material aspects of our world.  The course is delivered using a variety of activities but the emphasis is on carrying out practical work as much as possible, allowing the pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to work scientifically.  In order to communicate using the “language” of chemistry, pupils will need to have a sound understanding of chemical symbols, formulae and equations. Experience has shown that those who put effort into mastering these skills early on will make faster progress and feel more confident with their chemistry. 

Year 9:
•    Principles of Chemistry
•    Bonding and Formulae
•    Acids, Alkalis and Salts
•    Metals and Reactivity
•    Rates of Reaction
•    Crude Oil: Fuels and Hydrocarbons
•    The Earth’s Atmosphere

Years 10 :
•    The Periodic Table
•    Quantitative chemistry – calculations
•    Structure and Bonding
•    Analysis
•    Further Organic Chemistry: Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids

Year 11:
•    Polymers
•    Energetics
•    Electrolysis
•    Acid –base titrations
•    Revision and exam preparation

Full details of both GCSE Chemistry courses are available at