Why does ice float? Why is carbon monoxide poisonous? Have you wondered how firework colours are created?

The study of Chemistry provides us with the answers to many questions such as these and encourages us to develop curiosity about the world around us. Moreover, Chemistry equips us with the practical and evaluative skills to be confident, competent and inquisitive scientists.

Taught by passionate subject specialists at all levels, three of whom have come in from a business background (pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and chemical engineering) which continues to bring a wealth of experience and enrichment to the department. With an emphasis on hands-on experience wherever possible, the department aims to provide an environment in which all students are able to flourish while honing their practical skills, knowledge and understanding.

The problem-solving, analytical and numeracy skills which students develop over the course of their study of Chemistry opens up opportunities in many diverse fields such as Medicine, cutting edge scientific research, Engineering, Law, Business and careers in the City.

Remember: It’s all about the electrons and, whatever you do, don’t mess with the protons!

Welcome from Head of Department – Jasmina Harrison

Chemistry at The Abbey through the eyes of our students: