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St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

How to find us



Chemistry is the central science and its concepts can be applied to a multitude of different disciplines. The breadth of the subject is vast: chemists can unravel the mechanistic pathways required to synthesise the most complex drug molecules but also predict whether any given reaction will proceed and at what rate.

Topics studied

Teacher A:

  • Acids and amounts
  • Enthalpy and entropy
  • Redox, Group 2 and Group 7
  • Rates and kinetics
  • Equilibria
  • Acids, bases and buffers
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition metals

Teacher B:

  • Atoms and electrons
  • Structure, bonding and periodicity
  • Basic concepts and alkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Analytical techniques and synthesis
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Alcohols, Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids, esters, acyl chlorides and polyesters
  • Amines, amino acids, amides and polyamides
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy


  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry – 2 hours 15 minutes (37%)
  • Synthesis and analytical techniques – 2 hours 15 minutes (37%)
  • Unified chemistry – 1 hour 30 minutes (26%)

Trips, visits and extracurricular

A range of opportunities are provided to encourage and interest students in chemistry. Students are encouraged to enter the Royal Society of Chemistry Analyst, C3L6 and Olympiad competitions. Involvement with the ATOM society and Abingdon Science Partnership allows students to involve themselves in science outreach, attend lectures and attend discussion groups. There is also the opportunity for students to run the Junior Chemistry Club to enthuse the younger years about science.

What students say

"A combination of logical thought and imaginative thinking that always keeps you guessing."

"Chemistry makes you think in different ways. It enables you to understand more about why things happen."

Who to contact

Mr P Tate, Science Coordinator and Head of Chemistry

Results 2020

82.4% A*–A

97.1% A*–B