The principles of chemistry underpin our understanding of the world, from the chemical processes in living organisms to the formation of stars millions of miles away
WHAT DO WE STUDY
At St Paul’s, the A level material is both interesting and challenging.
We cover the following areas: atomic structure and the Periodic Table, bonding and structure, redox chemistry, inorganic chemistry, energetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, transition metals, organic chemistry, kinetics and modern analytical techniques.
The students’ practical work is also monitored and endorsed by the awarding body.
BEYOND THE CURRICULUM
Amongst some of the extra-curricular activities pursued by senior chemistry students are the Cambridge University Chemistry Challenge and the Royal Society of Chemistry International Chemistry Olympiad.
Girls undertake numerous independent research projects on topics such as ‘Investigating the concentration of Vitamin C present in different juice samples’ (practical-based) and ‘The history of penicillin’ (theory-based).
There are university preparation classes provided for students intending to read chemistry-related degree courses that are led by a member of the department.
We also encourage the senior girls in the mentoring and coaching of the younger pupils in lower years of the school.
WHERE MIGHT IT LEAD
Popular subjects studied at university by A level chemists are pure science, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and engineering.
Old Paulina Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958) made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite.
It should be remembered 50% of all female British Prime Ministers gained a chemistry degree!
Qualification: A level
Mode of Assessment: 100% examination with Practical Endorsement (Pass/Fail)