- Preparatory school
Boys & Girls 3-11
- The Senior School
- Sixth Form
- Old Girls
Why study Chemistry?
Chemistry is an important branch of science and its study enables pupils to be better equipped responsible citizens in today’s society which is increasingly dependent on science and technology. The study of Chemistry develops students’ ability to discuss, question, plan, hypothesize, predict, experiment, investigate, observe, interpret results and evaluate.
Chemists are required in industry to produce commodities to maintain current standards of living. They are also at the forefront of vital research to develop solutions to many issues associated with the modern world. In addition, knowledge of Chemistry is also required to train for many other professions e.g. medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science and dentistry.
Which specification is followed?
The Chemistry Department places strong emphasis on the importance of experimental work and encourages the use of correct practical skills and laboratory techniques.
At Key Stage 3 the course consists of units which have been developed within the department using the National Curriculum Programme of Study as a basis.
At Key Stage 4 all girls are taught the Edexcel International GCSE (iGCSE) suite of courses. Science is taught for 6 hours per week with 2 hours of Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons. Many students will follow courses that provide them with three qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Some students may follow the iGCSE Science (Double Award) course that provides them with two GCSE qualifications in Science.
The Science Department have structured the courses to maintain the highest quality of teaching and learning, and all lessons are taught by specialists in our dedicated laboratories. A- level students follow AQA specification for 4.5 hours per week at AS and for 5 hours at A2
Workshops, conferences and visits
- All students have the opportunity to attend a weekly Science workshop for additional support.
- Bradford Girls' Grammar School has strong links with many universities and regularly takes students of all ages to laboratory sessions and lectures.
- Each year teams are entered into nationally organised competitions with a high level of success.
Degree and career choices
Over half of our Sixth Form students study AS / A-level Chemistry in combination with a wide variety of other subjects such as Mathematics, Modern Languages, History and Classics. Past students have studied chemistry and many other related subjects at highly respected universities. This has included medicine and its related subjects, biochemistry, forensic chemistry, engineering and law.