Chemistry’s position as the central science underpins Biology and Physics and is the natural choice for anyone interested in the sciences. It suits those who are imaginative, logical, analytical and determined.
If you have ever wondered how the sciences can help meet the challenges of our modern world, then you will find Chemistry both a rewarding and fulfilling subject.
Students attempting A Level Chemistry need a very high GCSE grade in Chemistry or Dual Award Science and good mathematical aptitude. We study the Edexcel specification; the course is broad, covering atomic structure, inorganic, physical and organic chemistry as well as considering the role Chemistry plays in the wider world such as industrial and environmental applications. Laboratory work plays an integral role in the course and there is plenty of opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills. Chemistry encourages critical thinking and problem solving as well as the assimilation of a body of knowledge. Due to linearity we no longer offer AS assessment at the end of the Lower Sixth; as such, we do not follow the specifications in the order written, preferring to develop a more logically structured course that avoids repetition and builds on the hierarchical nature of Chemistry to develop a more holistic understanding.
Girls are encouraged to pursue Chemistry beyond the A Level curriculum. At the beginning of the course they are provided with a list of recommended popular science books, many of which are available in the library, and staff are always willing to provide additional suggestions. Extension Chemistry classes run during the Spring and Summer Terms of the Lower Sixth and the Autumn Term for Upper Sixth for girls interested in studying science related degrees at university. Every year, the Lower Sixth are encouraged to sit the C3L6 paper in June and several Upper Sixth girls sit Round 1 of the RSC Chemistry Olympiad competition.
A student qualified in Chemistry would be considered by many employers to be numerate, organised, self-motivated and intellectually adept; this makes Chemistry graduates extremely employable whatever career they wish to pursue. Chemistry is also an essential requirement for particular key areas of study – natural sciences, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, food technology, chemical engineering and pharmacy to name but a few.