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Ms Lucia McManus (Head of Faculty)

Mrs Kathleen Cooley

Mrs Anne Walker

Mr Neil McGaughey

Mr Stephen Tiffney (Year Head)

Mrs Pamela Peebles (Chemistry Technician)

Key Stage 3


Chemistry is taught as a component of Junior Science in Years 8 & 9. Here, students are introduced to the colourful and exciting world of chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. The units have been developed by our subject specialists and they embrace the Revised Curriculum.


In Year 10 students have one double period of chemistry taught by a chemistry specialist. This new Revised Curriculum course is an excellent preparation for GCSE and provides a wide range of experimental chemistry.    


Key Stage 4


Many students choose to continue the study of chemistry throughout Key Stage 4. They can do this by taking chemistry GCSE on its own or as a component of Double Award Science. All science courses at GCSE are taught by specialist teachers.


Post 16


Post 16 chemistry continues to thrive at the College. Uptake is very high and results are excellent. Over the past three years the Chemistry Department achieved 97% A-C at A Level. The NI Grammar School average was 86% (stats provided by DENI). Our students follow the CCEA modular A level chemistry specification.

The A level course is a challenging qualification suitable for students with an interest in chemistry or with an interest in the many careers where chemistry is a useful subject (see below).

For further information on the CCEA chemistry specification visit:


Career Options


Pharmacist, Nurse, Chemical Engineer, Medical Doctor, Dentist, Food Technologist, Food Scientist, Pharmacologist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Science teacher, Forensic scientist, Biochemist, Veterinary Surgeon.

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