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Chemistry: Using Resources


Students will learn about the Earth’s resources and how humans use them. This will include how waste and sewage water are treated and how potable water in generated. Students will also study how products life cycles are assessed and how humans strive to reduce, reuse and recycle the Earth’s finite resources. Preventing corrosion, synthesising fertilisers and the Haber Process are also covered, which links back to the Rate and Extent of Chemical Change topic from Year 10.

The main SMSC/Personal Development content of this topic includes: PD13 – Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life, PD15 – Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them and PD16 – Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.

The main UN Rights of a Child covered are No.13 – Sharing thoughts freely, No.17 – Access to Information and No.24 – Health, water, food and environment.

Example Key Words

Finite Resource

A non-renewable natural resource from the Earth.

Potable Water

Water which has been treated to be, or is naturally, safe to drink.

Waste Water

Water produced from urban lifestyles and industrial processes which requires treating to remove organic matter and harmful substances.


The use of bacteria to extract metals from low grade ores.

LCAS - Life Cycle Assessment

An assessment of the environmental impact a product has over the key stages of its life cycle.