Chemistry provides us with a fascinating insight into the world around us at an atomic level. Through studying the way that particles interact we can explain and predict their behavior, and use our chemical understanding to design novel materials.
Chemistry is a highly practical subject and approximately a third of lesson time is spent carrying out experimental work, which students are encouraged to link to theoretical ideas. The subject puts emphasis on the importance of the scientific method, enabling girls to design, carry out and evaluate experiments. Through this, students develop their chemical understanding, as well as acquire high level problem solving and logical reasoning skills.
The Year 7 and 8 curriculum is designed to introduce students to the key concepts that underpin chemistry, along with plenty of opportunities for practicals with impressive colours, flashes and bangs.
Year 9 is the start of the GCSE course, which for students taking their exams from 2017 onwards follows the AQA GCSE Chemistry specification. This course covers a wide range of chemistry and provides a very solid foundation on which they can confidently develop their understanding at A Level.
A large proportion of students decide to continue with their study of chemistry at A Level, in which they achieve impressive results. Many of our A Level chemists then go on to study related courses at university, including: biochemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, medicine, biomedical sciences, dentistry and veterinary science. There are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom too; the Year 7 and 8 Chemistry Clubs run weekly, and entry to competitions such as the Salters’ festival, RSC Chemistry Challenge and RSC Olympiad takes place throughout the year.
Y12 students recently took a very impressive third place in the 2017 Harry and Margaret Kroto Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning. This prestigious science communication competition, for children around the world aged 11-18, has been established by Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Sir Harold Kroto, and his wife Lady Margaret. Click below to view the entry from JAGS: Why is Global Warming Real?