Chemistry

Our lives are transformed by discoveries made in chemistry. From polymers such as nylon and Teflon, to penicillin and ibuprofen, they all contribute to maintaining our standard of life. Chemistry aims to explain the properties of substances in terms of the particles they are made of. You will learn fundamental theory, including ideas about the structure of atoms. Your learning will also be supported by exciting laboratory work. You will learn problem solving, teamwork, independent thinking and become an effective communicator. If you want to know more about the earth’s resources, and about life itself, Chemistry will appeal to you.

Year 9 and IGCSE

Chemistry is taught exclusively in well-equipped specialist laboratories. This allows continued emphasis on the practical nature of the subject, through the medium of class practical work. We follow the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry course (International GCSE) and girls can choose either the Triple Award or Double Award route. Studies for the IGCSE begin in Year 9 to give the pupils a firm foundation for the remaining Key Stage 4 years. The course develops an increasingly sophisticated theoretical understanding of the subject, while continuing to emphasise its practical basis and its vital contribution to contemporary society. The specification for the IGCSE Chemistry course can be found at www.edexcel.org.uk/

The girls enjoy the rigorous nature of the programme, which is recognised as an excellent foundation for the A level science courses.

AS and A Level

Chemistry is a popular choice at HMSG for both AS and A level. We follow the AQA specification, which extends and develops the ideas of GCSE Chemistry, introducing more modern concepts such as atomic and molecular orbitals and treating reactivity on the basis of understanding simple thermodynamics. The courses are each divided into three modules, all self-contained with clear learning objectives. Details of this course can be found at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/

The course is enhanced by student participation in national competitions such as the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, the Chemistry Olympiad, involvement in the Monmouth Science Initiative, and lectures through the Harris Society. Support is given on an individual basis and through small group clinics.

A level Chemistry provides an excellent grounding for further study at university. It is a requirement for many medical and scientifically-based courses, and well- respected for studies in subjects where logic and problem solving skills are an asset.

Co-Curricular

Activity

When?

Age group

Harris Scientific Society

Evenings

Year 12 + 13

Monmouth Science Initiative

Wednesday p.m.

Year 12 + 13

Engineering Education Scheme Wales

Lunchtimes and after school

Year 12

STEM Club

After school

Y 9-13

Monmouth Astronomical Society

First Tues evening of the month

All ages

British Physics Olympiad and Physics Challenge Competitions

Michaelmas Term

March

Years 11-13

British Chemistry Olympiad and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

Michaelmas Term

Summer Term

Years 11-13

Biology Challenge Competition

March

Years 9-10

British Biology Olympiad

January, March

Y13

National Science and Engineering Competition 

Lunchtimes and after school

All ages

Oxbridge and Russell group Biological & medical sciences discussion group

lunchtimes

Y11-12+13

Oxbridge Physics and Engineering

Lunchtimes after school

Y13

Astronomy Club

Lunchtime

All ages

Science Clubs

Lunchtime

Years 7 + 8-9

Faraday IET Competition

Lent term

Year 8

Chemistry Research Club

Sixth form Research Club

After school

Year 10-11

Year 12-13