Science - Chemistry


Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners… you name it. You’ll love making the links in lessons to your everyday lives.

Key Stage 5

Everything around us is made of atoms and molecules. Chemistry is ultimately about how these substances behave and interact with each other. A knowledge and understanding of Chemistry allows us to gain an understanding of the world around us and gives us the ability to make new materials to meet our changing needs. During the last century, chemists have produced new materials that have changed our lives and have had an extraordinary impact on everyday life, ranging from plastics and detergents to contraceptives and anticancer drugs. Chemistry is an exciting, interesting and challenging subject. It does require hard work and commitment but offers many rewards including excellent career prospects. It will help you to develop skills in problem solving, data analysis, practical work and numeracy. Through its study it will challenge you to think and it will help you to develop a better understanding of your environment and the world around you. You will gain expert knowledge in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.


Like other new subjects introduced in September 2015, the full A Level grade is based completely on performance exams at the end of Year 13. There are three exam papers, each 2 hours long.

Careers Links

It is excellent preparation and a requirement for some university courses. Students go on to study a wide variety of disciplines, including engineering, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, chemistry, maths and economics.

Subject Staff

Mrs S. Bowden

Miss E. Robertson

Miss G. Hogg

Miss C. Tennant

Mrs R. Gustard