Sedbergh School has an impressive record of examination success in Chemistry. However, The Department concentrates its efforts on engaging students with a subject which lends itself to awe and wonder like no other.

Practical study is undertaken wherever possible and the Department is proud that it remains a popular choice at A level despite declining numbers nationally and easier options elsewhere.
The department consists of four full-time Teachers of Chemistry and a full time, highly experienced laboratory technician. Teaching is dynamic and practical Chemistry is always to the fore. Despite the traditional nature of our courses, all of our teaching is supported by some of the latest applications of IT and the department has developed an impressive library of Chemistry software which ensures that our students have every opportunity to both enjoy and understand this subject.


This is a Chemistry course with a traditional flavour, which contains a good deal of practical work.  It provides a sound grounding in a subject which is becoming increasingly important for an understanding of the modern world.  This course will also give a solid foundation for A Level Chemistry.  Some pupils may be streamed to follow GCSE Science and/or Additional Science.

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of Chemical change
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources


Students are entered for OCR's A level examinations in which we have always enjoyed much success. This traditional Chemistry course allows us maximum scope for practical study and is very well supported by an impressive software library. Chemistry remains a popular A level option at Sedbergh with two sets in each year group going through to take the examinations at the end of the two year course. Annually, about 80% of our students achieve A* - B grades overall.