Chemistry is the central science and, as such, is essential to understand the world around us. The main aim of Chemistry is to ignite in the students a desire to find out about the world they live in, to challenge and be challenged by the complexity of what makes up all matter.
In Years 7 and 8 girls learn about the building blocks of matter, elements, and how they can be used to make other substances, and compounds. Through lots of practical activities they build up an understanding of reactions and how they can be useful. Girls apply their knowledge through problem solving and build up the scientific skills needed later in the School.
The GCSE course continues to develop the concepts of particles and energy and gives students the opportunity to gain a good understanding of:
- The nature of substances and how they react together
- How chemistry is used in business and industry
- How our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.
Many of the materials considered are substances that students will come across in their daily lives, such as drinking water, vegetable oils and metals. This helps engage students by putting their learning in context.
Chemistry is a popular subject at A-level, where girls follow a course that develops their scientific skills and knowledge. A-level Chemistry is a good choice for students considering careers in the health and clinical professions, including medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry and forensic science. Studying Chemistry will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the pharmaceutical or petrochemical sectors.