Chemistry

We have six full time Chemistry teachers at Dubai College working in bespoke and modern laboratories (newly built in 2016) and supported by two lab technicians. Chemistry is popular at A level and supports the large number of applicants applying for medicine and engineering subjects at University level. Results at A level are impressive with over 55% of students gaining an A*/A at A level and 75% at GCSE. Our aim is to build on the foundations of Key Stage 3 Chemistry to develop chemists who can both understand and explain the world around them, but also work passionately towards a future within a science based career, whether that be within pure Chemistry, chemical engineering or medicine.

Lower School

Students follow a two-year Key Stage 3 course with four lessons per week, normally taught by one member of staff as Combined Science. The course is based on ‘Exploring Science’ by Pearson, but has bespoke opportunities for enrichment (such as the SciComp competition, CREST Awards and open-ended projects) built into the curriculum.

Teaching materials are designed to both lay a firm foundation and to enthuse a genuine passion for science. The course integrates both the key concepts in all of the sciences as well as the idea of ‘working scientifically’ as per English National Curriculum requirements, and is supported by both a hard copy textbook and online ‘Active Learning’ website material.

Middle School

Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1):

Chemistry (1CHO)

GCSE Sciences are taught by subject specialists from Year 9 to Year 11. All of the assessment is linear in nature and therefore takes place at the end of Year 11 in two 1 hour and 45 minute examinations for each subject. All students are expected to take the Higher Tier papers that allow them the opportunity to attain grades 4 up to 9. Students are provided with both a textbook and revision guide specific to the course, plus access to the Pearson ‘ActiveLearning’ website.

Apart from the course content students also undertake a series of ‘Core Practicals’, a compulsory aspect of the specification that is examined in the terminal examinations in Year 11.

Sixth Form

At A level we follow the EDEXCEL/Pearson Specification (9CHO). Classes are split between two teachers with three lessons per week each. Assessment and tracking of students takes place regularly internally, but the final results are drawn from three linear exams at the end of Year 13. In addition, the students need to demonstrate a good level of practical competency to be awarded the A level and, therefore, there is a large element of practical work embedded within the course. All students have dedicated texts and Revision Guides.

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

A good teacher at Dubai College has impressive subject knowledge that allows us not only to teach students of immense ability and potential, but also allows us to enrich the curriculum beyond the specification. A teacher at Dubai College inspires students to have a thirst for knowledge, to dedicate themselves to want to find out more for its own sake, rather than as a means to an end; developing a life-long curiosity for all intellectual pursuits.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

We understand that students need to develop an understanding of the most demanding concepts within chemistry, but we also believe that students should develop all the attributes needed for them to become responsible and adaptable students and workers in the future. For that reason we work at developing students’ collaborative skills, creativity, flexibility and their ability to take risks to drive understanding and progress.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

Dubai College has a strong sense of community where small classes allow staff and students to build very strong relationships that enhance student development and progress. The enrichment and extra-curricular programme at Dubai College is exceptional.

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

A good teacher at Dubai College has impressive subject knowledge that allows us not only to teach students of immense ability and potential, but also allows us to enrich the curriculum beyond the specification. A teacher at Dubai College inspires students to have a thirst for knowledge, to dedicate themselves to want to find out more for its own sake, rather than as a means to an end; developing a life-long curiosity for all intellectual pursuits.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

We understand that students need to develop an understanding of the most demanding concepts within chemistry, but we also believe that students should develop all the attributes needed for them to become responsible and adaptable students and workers in the future. For that reason we work at developing students’ collaborative skills, creativity, flexibility and their ability to take risks to drive understanding and progress.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

Dubai College has a strong sense of community where small classes allow staff and students to build very strong relationships that enhance student development and progress. The enrichment and extra-curricular programme at Dubai College is exceptional.

Mr A Davidson, Head of Chemistry

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Meet the staff

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Alan Davidson

Alan Davidson

Titles: Head of Chemistry
Wendy Davies

Wendy Davies

Titles: Teacher of Chemistry
Vanessa Holmes

Vanessa Holmes

Titles: KS3 Science Coordinator, Teacher of Chemistry
Chris House

Chris House

Titles: Teacher of Chemistry
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