The University of Birmingham School Chemistry department comprises teachers who are true chemists and also have a passion for teaching.
We are committed to providing an exciting education that develops pupils’ curiosity by putting practical learning first. At each level we look to stimulate interest in chemistry by giving an insight into the relevance of chemistry to everyday life. In each topic we aim to include teaching beyond the national curriculum, preparing pupils and students for further study in Chemistry. The department’s close links with the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham and the School of Education enable Sixth Formers to gain an insight into studying chemistry at university through evening lectures, visiting academics and help in lessons with undergraduate students.
In the Sixth Form, high-quality practical work is used to underpin the theoretical teaching of the AQA chemistry specification. Students complete double the number of practicals required by the examination board, using undergraduate-style practical handbooks and laboratory books. Students are guided into becoming independent learners by providing textbooks and online resources. This provides extensive deliberate practice, opportunities to consolidate understanding and challenge students beyond the specification. Students can attend weekly enrichment sessions to study for the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad.
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