Chemistry is offered as a two year full A-level option only following the Edexcel specification.

Chemistry is at the forefront of numerous areas of research to solve current and future issues facing the world in which we live. These include finding sustainable biofuel and the development of medicinal drugs to treat illnesses like arthritis. Additionally, chemists are currently involved in the formulation of cosmeceuticals, producing self-repairing plastics and finding the perfect micro-structure for ice cream!
Chemistry fits well with Biology but it is also a very good support for other subjects such as Geography, Psychology and Computing.

Student Profile
Students who study Chemistry will have an enthusiasm for the subject and an interest in its applications, good mathematical skills, the ability to manipulate practical equipment safely and precisely, and a strong willingness to learn and motivate yourself to research.

Three exam papers taken at the end of Year 13, there is no coursework element.
Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minute, 90 marks. All topics covered in Year 12.
Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minute, 90 marks.  All topics covered in Year 13.
Paper 3: 2 hours 30 minute, 120 marks.  All topics covered in Year 12 and 13.
Practical skills are assessed and will be reported separately to the final grade.  There are around sixteen core practicals that must be completed and fully written up

Entry Requirements
5+ in English Language and 6+ in Maths
and either 6-6 in Combined Science or 6 in Chemistry.

Career Prospects
The skills you will develop will prepare you for a wide range of courses and occupations including the following: Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Forensics, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Medicinal Science, Biotechnology, Neuroscience, Sports Science, Pathology, Radiotherapy and Geological Science.

Department Members

  • Dr Brushwood - Curriculum Leader Science (
  • Mr Fullbrook - Science teacher
  • Mr Patel - Science teacher
  • Mrs Spencer-Bowdage - Science teacher
  • Ms Bryant - Science teacher
  • Mrs Baptiste-Buckley - Science teacher