Chemistry is essential to our modern society.

Apart from the fascination of understanding how things around (and inside) us work at the molecular level, chemistry affects every one of us, every day of our lives.

Some people regard chemistry as a dirty, non-green subject. They are quite wrong! The reality is that if you wish to do something about, for example, environmental pollution, a thorough understanding of chemistry is essential. Today’s chemists are at the forefront in helping to control, reduce and avoid pollution.

If you enjoy the interaction of atoms and molecules, along with the bangs, the colours, the smells, and making new substances then AS and A2 Chemistry should appeal to you.

Chemistry A-level is demanding and compliments subjects such as Biology, Physics, Maths and Geography. If you study A-level Chemistry then you should be able to ask “Why?” and get a good answer. You will find AS Chemistry explains chemical ideas mostly using words, while A2 Chemistry involves more mathematical explanations, while broadening the topics studied at AS.

We are proud of the number of our students who go on to study Chemistry at university. AS and A2 level Chemistry is particularly important if you want to study Medicine, Veterinary Science or Biochemistry at university. It is also highly regarded by admissions tutors in many other subjects, including Law, due to its demands for logical thinking. It is also useful if you want to go on to study subjects such as Geology, Physical Geography, Engineering, or Material Science. Job prospects are excellent in all of areas of Chemistry. In addition, the ability of Chemistry graduates to solve problems using logical thinking, data analysis and to carry out research, means they are valuable in all types of employment and are sought after by a wide range of industrial, environmental and financial companies.

We follow the EdExcel course which has been designed to incorporate different aspects of contemporary chemistry, such as climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals and chemistry research alongside the more traditional topics covered at GCSE.

The AS course is divided into three units:

  • Unit 1 – Includes topics on Atomic Structure, Energetics and Chemical bonding. ·
  • Unit 2 – Includes topics on the Periodic Table, Kinetics, Equilibria and Green Chemistry.
  • Unit 3 – Internally assessed experimental work

The A2 course is also divided into three units:

  • Unit 4 – Includes further topics on Rates, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry. ·
  • Unit 5 – Includes topics on Organic Nitrogen Compounds and Transition Metals . ·
  • Unit 6 – Internally assessed experimental work

Our teaching sets are relatively small and lessons are dynamic. There is an emphasis on practical work and students are expected to contribute fully to lively discussions. We encourage students to be independent learners and urge them to make good use of our extensive departmental library. National competitions provide extra stimulation away from the demands of the syllabus and in previous years, our students have been involved in demonstrating exciting experiments to younger pupils in pyrotechnics club.

Mr E Roberts
Head of Chemistry