Senior - Chemistry

In Chemistry we foster students’ learning by encouraging students to think independently whilst assimilating the key tenets of the subject. The course we offer enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of different aspects of science. It encourages them to recognise the contributions of Chemistry to society and to appreciate the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence. The course supports the understanding of the fundamental concepts, which students need in order to explain many different aspects of traditional and contemporary chemistry such as: climate change, pharmaceuticals and chemistry research.

As of Year 9, Chemistry is taught as a separate subject by Chemistry specialists. The Year 9 course is designed to bridge between KS3 and GCSE and to develop students’ practical skills. The topics taught cover and introduction to kinetics, an exploration of the various types of chemical reactions, a journey through the reactivity series, acids and alkalis and rocks.

At GCSE we follow the AQA course which covers the topics such as Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, Quantitative chemistry, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis and Chemistry of the atmosphere.

Chemistry A-level is a popular choice and students often combined it with another Science.

The AS year provides opportunities for students to develop the fundamental chemical skills of writing formulae and equations as well as chemical calculations. Students will learn about atomic structure and bonding, the periodic table, redox reactions, rates and equilibrium and organic chemistry.

In the A2 year students undertake a quantitative study of chemical kinetics and have a closer look at organic reaction mechanisms. The further study of redox reactions is linked to the study of transition metals. Organic topics include carbonyl compounds as well as arenes and organic nitrogen compounds.

The study of Chemistry develops intellectual and practical skills. It provides a firm foundation for those progressing to a wide range of courses in higher education and ultimately an opening into a large number of careers including chemical engineering, food science, medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, the Civil Service, environmental health, commerce and many more. Chemistry is a subject which demands intellectual discipline. Students taking these courses can look forward to interesting and rewarding studies.

In addition, we offer and encourage pupils of all year groups to take part in the various challenges and competitions we offer. We are proud of the many successes our students achieved, which include winning the GSK Frank Ellis competition and competing in the National Final of the Schools’ Analyst Competition