Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

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Key Staff

  • Dr P Wardlow
  • Miss K Millar
  • Mrs S Rooney
  • Mrs A Weir (Technician)

Chemistry is part of the curriculum at Wellington College and is offered to students for GCSE and A-Level.

Chemical Engineering at QUB

A group of year 12, 13 & 14 Chemistry students were invited to attend a talk on chemical engineering given by Dr. Mohammad Ahmad, the Head of Chemical Engineering Teaching at Queens University Belfast.

At the outset Dr. Ahmad explained the methods employed by chemical engineers and described common misconception about the career. Chemical engineers take other peoples inventions and adapt them for use on a much larger scale, supervising mass production processes.

Dr Ahmad went on to explain how the salaries of chemical engineers compare very favourably with those of other engineers. He also highlighted the relative success of chemical engineers graduating from QUB in finding employment. Dr. Ahmad outlined the entry requirements for related courses at QUB and finally took questions from his impressed and enthusiastic audience.

Mr S Wilson, Head of Chemistry

Chemistry - CCEA


This is a course leading to the GCSE Chemistry examination. The emphasis is not only on developing both the pupils' practical skills and techniques but also their understanding of concepts in Chemistry

The areas of Chemistry studied are:

Unit 1: Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions and Analysis

Written Paper

1 hour 30 mins


Unit 2: Further Chemical Reactions, Organic Chemistry and Materials

Written Paper

1 hour 45 mins


Unit 3: Practical Skills assessed by controlled assessment


CCEA (1110)

AS Level

Three units are covered in the first year of the course

Unit 1 Basic concepts in physical and inorganic chemistry- including atomic structure, bonding, Periodic Table, redox and titrations.           

Unit 2 Organic chemistry and further physical and inorganic chemistry- including hydrocarbons, kinetics, alcohols and IR spectroscopy.

Unit 3 Internal assessment under exam conditions- including planning and practical exercises.           

At A2 Level

Three further units are covered in the second year of the course

Unit 4 Periodic trends and further organic, physical and inorganic chemistry- including thermochemistry, equilibria, isomerism and environmental chemistry.

Unit 5 Analytical, transition metals, electrochemistry and further organic chemistry- including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, catalytic behaviour, chromatography and polymer chemistry. 

Unit 6 Internal assessment under exam conditions- including planning and practical exercises. 

Studying chemistry allows you to develop subject-specific and transferable skills which are valued by all employers, meaning your future career doesn't have to be in a lab…

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Toxicologist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Environmental consultant
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Patent attorney
  • Science writer
  • Secondary school teacher

Chemists are considered to have the skills that make them highly employable and can, therefore, almost always find a job, even in tough economic times. Chemists also work in banking, law, publishing and accounting.

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