To challenge students whose have career ambitions as doctors or any profession within the medical or chemical industries.
In years 7 and 8 the pupils study chemistry as part of the science course, and in year 9 they study chemistry. During these years they look at the topics of elements, compounds, reactions, materials, chemical changes and physical changes. At beginning of spring term in year 9 they begin looking at the GCSE topics.
The following topics are covered:
States of matter and mixtures, chemical changes, extracting metals, groups in the periodic table, rates of reaction and energy changes, fuels and Earth science. The students must also complete 12 key practical segments which are assessed during the final examination.
Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria, oxidation, reduction, thermodynamics, rate equations, acids and bases.
Periodicity, Group 2, Group 7, properties of Period 3 elements, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solutions.
Introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones.
The pupils also have to complete practical skills and are assessed during the examinations on the key elements taught.
Each year there are trips to a number of university or industrial establishments.