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Bury Grammar Schools

Chemistry

Chemistry is all around us, constantly changing, and providing endless inspiration across all sections of the school.
 
Experimentation, analysis and problem-solving are some of the core skills developed through studying Chemistry; this is a hands-on subject which is firmly grounded in the real world, not just the lab!  Our laboratories are extremely well-equipped and allow our chemists to push themselves to truly explore theories.

Subject Curriculum

Key Stage 3

 
In years 7 and 8, Chemistry lessons introduce pupils to the key principles which underpin all future Chemistry study.  Through regular practical work, pupils are challenged to expand their understanding and develop a love for the subject.
 

GCSE

 
At Key Stage 4, pupils investigate wider themes of organic, inorganic and physical Chemistry through the AQA specification as they begin to address some of the larger questions’ scientists can ask.  Why do things react? What is pollution? How are plastics made? All these and more are addressed through an engaging and dynamic curriculum designed to stimulate enquiring minds as they address some of the more complex ideas.
 

A Level

 
At A Level, students follow the AQA specification which broadens students’ horizons as they develop a deeper understanding of Chemistry.  While covering the same three themes as GCSE, students are challenged to think in a broader context by looking at molecular, physical and living perspectives.  At BGS it is really important for students to have the opportunity to develop a combination of independent and cooperative strategies in their learning and practical tasks.  The nature of the Chemistry A-level provides students with these opportunities while developing the characteristics prized by universities and employers alike.
 
 

Head of Department

Dr Garg is a postgraduate of Chemistry from the University of Manchester, who has been teaching Science at two 11-18 schools for the past fifteen years.
 
In this time, she has taught a range of Science subjects at KS3 and in particular Chemistry to all levels.
 
Dr Garg is interested in how organic chemicals in nature can be extracted, their structure determined by analytical techniques and then synthesised in the lab with the purpose of using them for medicinal and industrial purposes.
 
Dr Garg’s involvement with extracurricular activities include the Duke of Edinburgh's award.