Chemists have changed our world and transformed almost every aspect of our daily lives. Innovations range from medicines to explosives, from biofuels to plastic bags. At the heart of Chemistry lie the ways that chemicals react together and the study of the forces and energies that drive this reactivity.
At A Level, pupils explore the structure and forces of atoms, how they interact, how these interactions affect living organisms and the environment, and how chemical processes can be used to synthesise diverse substances and materials, such as pharmaceuticals, fuels and polymers.
The course is also designed to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to understand how chemistry affects everyday life, applying concepts into contemporary areas of chemistry which include: Climate change and Green chemistry, Fuel cells, Analysis of chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals. In addition, it allows pupils to develop a range of generic skills valued by both employers and universities.
During experimental work, pupils need to work effectively as part of a group, which helps develop team participation and leadership skills. Pupils will also build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy, while developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues.
The two-year Sixth Form course in Chemistry is fast paced and comprehensive, covering both the Edexcel Advanced GCE and Cambridge Pre-U Certificate content. This approach ensures that pupils are well equipped for embarking on specialist university courses.
What skills will studying Chemistry develop?
- Multi-stage problem solving
- Laboratory techniques
- Data analysis
- Mathematical techniques
- Research skills
- Organisational skills
- Communication skills
The skills gained in the study of Chemistry open the doors to a wide variety of careers in the world of business and finance, as well as being essential for medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry. Chemistry graduates are in demand for both research and business.