A-level Chemistry is a popular subject at Sheffield Girls’ Sixth Form with many girls choosing to pursue it beyond GCSE by selecting this A-level. It provides a fantastic opportunity to challenge analytical, creative and critical minds, as well as providing foundational knowledge for anyone looking to pursue related subjects at university. This includes Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy and many other subjects.

Lessons & Teaching

The Chemistry department at Sheffield Girls’ is a fantastic environment in which to learn. We value practical work and demonstrations as we view Chemistry as an experimental science. It’s essential that students can get hands-on with learning in order to ground their knowledge and achieve fantastic results while enjoying their A-level.

Lessons are designed to stimulate curiosity while learning new methods of enquiry. The content is designed to thoroughly prepare students for examinations both practical and written.

We aim to give our Sixth Form students a thorough grounding in the principles and applications of Chemistry and to make them aware that these applications can be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and to the environment.

The A-level Course

During your Chemistry A-level, you will build on some work from GCSE in more depth, as well as covering some new topics. These include:

  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding
  • Periodicity
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Equilibria
  • Organic chemistry

Practical skills are integrated into lessons throughout the year with these being examined in the final examinations, and these skills will be endorsed in the new certification process at A-level.

Extra-curricular Activities

Studying Chemistry is best when it extends beyond the classroom. We encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities as it helps to develop their interest in the subject, as well as enriching CVs or applications for further study.

Some examples of extracurricular activities within Chemistry include:

  • Salters’ Festival of Chemistry
  • Salters’ Chemistry Camps
  • Spectroscopy workshop at Sheffield University
  • Young Analyst Competition
  • RSC Olympiad

Our Chemistry department are always on the lookout for new opportunities to enrich our Chemistry A Level students’ experience and deepen their understanding of the subject.

If you’re interested in studying A Level Chemistry at Sheffield Girls’, join us at our next open day.