Science

BIOLOGY

What skills and previous experience will be needed?

If you wish to study AS or A Level Biology then you will need at least a grade B in GCSE Core Science and A*, A or B grade in GCSE Additional Science or Biology Separate Award. (Please note that Additional Applied Science and BTEC Science will not be accepted).

Among other skills you will need to be able to apply biological principles to new situations, describe and explain trends presented graphically and understand how scientists work, as well as critically evaluating their findings.

There will be two exams to be sat at the end of Year 12 if students are studying for an AS or three exams to be sat at the end of Year 13 is students are studying for an A Level in Biology.

For more information please speak to Mrs Capille.  

    CHEMISTRY

    What skills and previous experience will I need?

    Students intending to take the AS or A Level course should already have at least either a grade B at GCSE in Chemistry or a grade B in GCSE Additional Science and a grade B in GCSE Core Science. It is also desirable to have a reasonable level of ability in Mathematics (a minimum of grade C).

    The new A Level course follows the AQA examination board and is designed to ensure that students are learning Chemistry relevant to real world experiences. First AS examination from May 2016 and first A Level examination from May 2017.

    Practical work is at the heart of the Chemistry course and students will have numerous opportunities to link theory to reality and develop their practical skills. Students will gain the opportunities to use a range of new apparatus and techniques; working safely and methodically, taking accurate measurements, recording observations, understanding precision of their apparatus, drawing conclusions and researching. Pupils detail their experiments in a lab book which will help prepare them for practical work at University or within their chosen career.

    As well as developing knowledge and understanding of scientific theories students will be taught how to analyse information, identify patterns in data and to be able to apply this knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations.

    Extra-curricular opportunities are available such as visits to University laboratories and Regional/ National Chemistry competitions.

    Where does the course lead?

    An A Level in Chemistry is required for many careers and is needed to study at university for courses such as veterinary science, pharmacy, medicine, nutrition, biochemistry, dentistry, nursing, forensic science, medical laboratory science and chemical engineering. Careers in the health and safety executive, environmental health and law may also require a chemical knowledge.

    Who do I talk to?

    Chemistry is taught by an experienced and specialist team of staff;

    For further information please contact Mrs Humphreys, Mr Lambert or Mrs Spencer.

      AQA PHYSICS

      What skills and previous experience will I need?

      A student intending to take an AS or A Level course will require at least a grade B at GCSE Physics or additional science, a grade C or above at Core Science.

      What will I study?

      During your time on this course you will follow the AQA A Level Physics course which includes various interesting and engaging topics of:

      • Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity
      • Mechanics, materials and waves
      • Fields and further mechanics
      • Nuclear and thermal physics. Astrophysics or Applied Physics

      Throughout the two years you will develop your practical skills by completing various investigations and experiments. 

      The course will be examined by two exams at the end of Year 12 if students are studying for an AS qualification and three exams at the end of Year 13 if studying for the A Level in Physics.

      Where does the course lead?

      AS and A Level Physics are essential requirements for many careers and higher education courses in Engineering, Science and Medicine.

      Who do I talk to?

      For more information speak to Mr  D. Limb.