Chemistry is taught by enthusiastic specialist staff whose aim is to inspire students to develop a love of chemistry.
An emphasis is placed on learning chemistry through experimentation and interpretation of results. Stimulating and challenging activities are selected which are designed so that students develop chemical knowledge, skills and understanding that enables them to become independent thinkers and problem solvers.
iGCSE Chemistry or iGCSE Double Award Science
In years 10 and 11 students follow one of two courses; either IGCSE Edexcel Chemistry, or IGCSE Edexcel Double Award Science. These academically rigorous courses focus on imparting an understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry by ensuring that students:
- learn about the unifying patterns and themes of Chemistry.
- appreciate the practical nature of Chemistry, acquiring experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques.
- form hypotheses and design experiments to test them.
- develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context.
- understand the widespread importance of Chemistry and the way materials are used in the world.
- appreciate how the work of the chemist has social, industrial, technological, environmental and economic consequences for the community.
- prepare for more advanced courses in chemistry and for courses which require them to have a knowledge of chemistry.
Year 10 students are actively encouraged to apply for places on one of the Salters Chemistry Camps which take place in UK universities each summer.
In years 12 and 13 the IB Chemistry course is offered at Higher and Standard Levels. IB Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills.
Chemistry is the central science, as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Skills that will be developed include:
- knowledge and understanding of the physical and chemical behaviour of the substances which make up the world around us.
- laboratory procedures and techniques.
- the ability to link experimental observation to theory.
- imaginative and critical thinking.
IB Chemistry students are actively encouraged to participate in the monthly Chemistry Challenge organised by St Catherine’s College, Cambridge.
Apart from being a stimulating and challenging subject to study in its own right, Chemistry is a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education including medicine, veterinary science and dentistry, as well as being a highly regarded IB subject by potential employers in areas such as law and finance.