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key stage 4

The department consistently produces excellent results.  Chemistry is a very popular subject.

The study of Chemistry at GCSE provides the opportunity to further develop a knowledge and understanding of the principles which were studied at Key Stage 2.

How to succeed in Chemistry

You will need:

  • a great enthusiasm to learn and study Chemistry
  • a determination to succeed
  • to be extremely resilient and resourceful when your studies become very challenging
  • a very good understanding of mathematics
  • strong practical, analytical and thinking skills.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content:

  • 1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 3. Quantitative chemistry
  • 4. Chemical changes
  • 5. Energy changes
  • 6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 7. Organic chemistry
  • 8. Chemical analysis
  • 9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 10. Using resources

key stage 5

Why Study A Level Chemistry?

Again, the Sixth Form department consistently produces excellent results.

The study of Chemistry in the Sixth Form provides the opportunity to further develop a knowledge and understanding of the principles which were studied at GCSE. The AQA Syllabus is intended to be a natural extension of GCSE. The course encourages the development of an awareness of the huge impact that Science and Technology have on our society.

Chemistry is one of the most popular A Level choices with almost 80 boys currently studying A Level in the Upper and Lower Sixth. Chemistry is most often studied alongside two subjects chosen from Mathematics, Physics and Biology but some boys study Chemistry for example alongside other subjects from the arts and humanities.

Career Opportunities

An A Level in Chemistry is beneficial for almost any future career choice. The skills developed over the two years make a Chemistry A Level desirable, and in many cases obligatory, for the study of the many courses at Higher Education institutions including:

Biochemistry, Pharmacology; Genetics; Dentistry; Veterinary Science; Chemical Engineering; Pharmacy; Environmental Science; Geology; Materials Science; Polymer Science; Medicine and, of course, Chemistry itself.