Chemistry is taught throughout the school in one of five brand new state of the art laboratories. The methods used vary from the most traditional to the most modern. Interactive VLE’s are used at AS and A2 level and interactive software packages via projection systems are utilised at all other levels.
The AQA syllabus is used at AS and A2 levels with the internal ISA route offered for practical assessment in both year groups. Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry is used as a compulsory GCSE course for all pupils and is a traditional and more demanding course which commences in the Third Form and is taught through to the end of the Fifth Form. The department's results both at A-level and GCSE level are consistently well above the school's high average. Over the past four years the A-level average for grades A and B is over 80%, whereas at GCSE where the subject is compulsory for all pupils the A* and A average is over 70%.
The department regularly takes part in many extra-curricular chemistry competitions including The Salters’ Chemistry Festival, Top of the Bench, Young Analysts, Cambridge Chemistry Challenge C3L6 and the RSC International Chemistry Olympiad.