Mrs S P McKeown (Head of Department)
Mr M E Beggs
Miss J A Chambers
Mrs D E Maynes
Mr J N Collins (Technician)


The Chemistry Department aims to play its part as fully as possible in implementing Sullivan Upper’s fundamental aim as stated in the school’s Curriculum Policy Statement ie to ‘provide for all its pupils the opportunities to acquire and develop to the greatest extent possible the knowledge understanding, skills and abilities that will enable them to realise their full potential, do justice to their diverse talents and prepare them to lead rewarding and productive adult lives’.

To this end, the department seeks through both individual and group activities in a study of the chemical elements, reactions and principles, to develop experimental skills together with understanding, logical thinking and communication skills.More specifically Chemistry aims to:

  • stimulate an enjoyable interest in the subject;
  • provide a body of knowledge relevant to both those who intend to continue with the study of Chemistry and to those who do not;
  • promote an understanding of chemical patterns and principles;
  • develop an appreciation of both the benefits and potential hazards of chemicals and their use;
  • encourage the application of knowledge and understanding to unfamiliar situations;
  • develop abilities of interpretation, organisation and evaluation of data together with its communication;
  • teach positive cooperation with others through group experimental work;
  • develop an appreciation of the scientific, social, economic, environmental and technological contribution of chemistry and its applications;
  • give some appreciation to the historical significance of chemistry in world development.


Chemistry is taught in 4 specialist laboratories. These provide excellent facilities and offer wide opportunities for the use of ICT both in teaching and in experimental work


A general Science course is taught in Year 8 covering topics such as Beginning to be a Scientist, States of Matter, Reproduction, Elements & Compounds, Energy, SunSmart and Light.


The school nurse judges the Year 8 SunSmart competition.

In Years 9-10, Chemistry is taught in a double period per week. Topics covered include:

  • Separating mixtures
  • Heat changes
  • Acids & Alkalis
  • Materials
  • Water & soap
  • Air & Burning
  • Atomic Structure
  • Periodic Table
  • Science in the Media
  • Reactivity Series
  • Extracting Metals
  • Rusting
  • Rates


Salter’s Festival of Science at Queen’s University

Sullivan team of Years 10-12 pupils at the regional heat of the “Top of the Bench” competition organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and hosted by Queen’s University.




GCSE Chemistry

Examination Board: CCEA

Course Content: 2 externally examined Units + Controlled Assessment    

The GCSE Chemistry course involves the study of some of the common chemical elements and their compounds. Many general chemical principles are introduced and pupils are taught to apply their knowledge and understanding of these in a variety of situations. Emphasis is placed on the everyday applications of Chemistry along with industrial processes and environmental issues.

Unit 1: Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions and Analysis
Unit 2: Further Chemical Reactions, Organic Chemistry and Materials 

Please refer to the Subject Choice for GCSE Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.


The Chemistry Department in Sullivan seeks both to teach the essential principles of Chemistry and to equip pupils with relevant experimental skills. Every year quite a large number of pupils go on to study Chemistry at AS or A level either with a view to pursuing a scientific career, as a necessary step to university courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, or simply because they enjoy the subject.

GCE Chemistry

Examination Board: CCEA 
Course Content:            

Modules 1, 2 and 3 (AS-modules) are studied in Year 13 and the examinations taken in the summer of that year. Modules 4, 5 and 6 (A2-modules) are covered in Year 14 and the examinations again taken in the summer.                                                                                               

Module 1    Basic Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Module 2    Further Physical & Inorganic Chemistry. Organic introduction.
Module 3    Practical Examination (2 parts)
Module 4    Periodic trends. Further Organic Physical and Inorganic Chemistry.
Module 5    Analytical Chemistry. Further Inorganic & Organic Chemistry.
Module 6    Practical Examination    

Please refer to the Subject Choice for AS/A Level Information Bookletfor further information
on full course details and criteria for entry.


Years 9-10

Years 9 and 10 (one double lesson per week).

Each week, ensure any experimental write-up complete.

Thorough revision for end of topic tests (every 4-6 weeks).

Years 11-12

One written homework per week.

In addition, expect any experimental write-up to be completed.

Thorough revision for end of topic tests (every 3-4 weeks).

Years 13-14

On average, two written homeworks per week to consolidate class work. These could be questions from textbook or past papers.

At the end of each topic (varying length), thorough revision is expected for the test.

In addition, students will be expected to complete experimental write-ups and graphs between lessons.

Contact us

Sullivan Upper School
Belfast Road
BT18 9EP