Head of Department - Dr Kevin Rogers
Chemistry is an exciting and intellectually stimulating subject. In teaching it we aim to give the students the skills and knowledge needed to understand the material world around them. This starts by studying the basic classifications of matter in the Second Year which is designed to stimulate the students' interest in the structure of materials and how they are changed by chemical and physical processes. The students are encouraged to learn through practical work and use current simulation and animation models to explain their observations. The enquiring and practical approach is maintained throughout the years up to GCSE.
All of Fourth Form follow the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry course and the majority continue to do so in Fifth Form. The remaining students follow the IGCSE Double Award Science course. There is no coursework in either course but a lot of practical work is performed to reinforce the theory.
Chemistry is a highly popular subject at A level. L6 study the new OCR A linear course whilst U6 are the final cohort to follow the legacy Edexcel A level course.
The department is very well resourced with four laboratories all of which contain excellent equipment and ICT resources.
There is a Junior School chemistry club and some selected Second Years attend a Salters Chemistry Competition. Fourth and Fifth Year boys can enter the Top of the Bench competition. Sixth formers can enter the Nuffield Analytical Chemistry Competition and regularly have had considerable success in the Chemistry Olympiad and Cambridge Chemistry challenge. The well-attended Sixth Form Medical Society and Chemistry Society confirm the popularity of Medicine and physical science with Trinity students.
Popular subjects studied at university by A-Level Chemists are pure science, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, all aspects of engineering, as well as non-science subjects such as law and finance.