Everything in the universe is made of matter, that includes the device that you are reading this on. Chemistry is the study of this matter, what it is made from, how it is joined together and why it behaves the way it does.
Chemistry is at the forefront of new materials that are being developed to make our lives easier and more comfortable. Chemists are also designing new medicines to keep us healthy as we live longer.
Through our Chemistry courses we aim to develop the knowledge and problem solving skills of our pupils. We also want our young people to develop their investigation skills through activities in which they communicate scientific ideas and terminology.
Pupils learn to distinguish between elements, compounds and mixtures and are taught how to derive and use chemical formulae.
The structure of the atom and its component parts are investigated along with chemical bonding and properties of materials.
Reactions of metals and how the periodic table is constructed are covered. The chemistry of hydrocarbons derived from fossil fuels is explored along with the wider societal issues associated with fossil fuel use and exploration.