Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is all around us and is an integral part of everyday life and human progress, from food and farming, to energy use and climate science, materials technology and medicine. This makes it a fascinating, challenging and diverse subject to study.

Skills and practices which we develop and use in Chemistry will also be useful in other scientific subjects such as Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences.

Throughout the GCSE and A-Level years we teach students how to think logically and scientifically, how to plan and carry out investigations, make careful observations and interpret experimental results. Chemistry develops logical thinking and scientific skills such as questioning, analysis and problem solving. Students are encouraged to learn collaboratively, working in groups during practical work, on research projects and in discussions. Practical work underpins many of the topics studied at GCSE and A-Level.

Chemistry is a popular subject at A-Level and many of our students go on to study science-based subjects at university.


“In Chemistry, our aim is to develop students who have an enquiring and analytical mind and who can go on to enhance these skills and have the potential to make valuable contributions to cutting edge areas in science and healthcare. “

Mrs C Grant (Department Leader)