Science Faculty

We have a very active and vibrant science faculty with increasing numbers of students opting for separate sciences into Key Stage 4 and sixth form.

A Level Biology (AQA) Requires: Grade B in GCSE Biology or Core and Additional Science

This course consists of six core topics from: Biological Molecules; Cells; Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment; Genetic Information; Variation and Relationships between Organisms; Energy transfers in and between Organisms; Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments; Genetics; Populations; Evolution and Ecosystems and the Control of Gene Expression. The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all of the A-level exams at the end of Year 13.

Assessment Method: A Level: Paper 1 — 35% Paper 2 — 35% Paper 3 — 30%

Career Progression: Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. Biology is one of the most popular A level subjects in the country, many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biology related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching.

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfilment”. David Attenborough

A Level Chemistry (OCR) Requires: Grade B in GCSE Chemistry or Core & Additional Science

This course consists of three core units from: Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry; Foundations in Chemistry; Periodic Table and Energy; Core Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements and Organic Chemistry and Analysis. The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all of the A-level exams at the end of Year 13.

Assessment Method: A Level: Paper 1 — 37% Paper 2 — 37% Paper 3 — 26%

Career Progression: Chemistry can lead to excellent careers in medicine, dentistry, forensics, marine chemistry, drug discovery, chemical engineering, archaeology and product development of new food flavours and cosmetics. Chemistry equips you with skills such as logical thinking, analysis, creativity and communication. These skills are highly desirable in the areas of sales and marketing, law, publishing and business and finance. The average chemistry graduate earns substantially more over a lifetime than graduates of many other disciplines.

“Science is the acceptance of what works and the rejection of what does not. That needs more courage than we might think”. Jacob Bronowski

A Level Physics (AQA) Requires: Grade B in GCSE Physics Grade A in GCSE Physics if studying A Level Maths also.

A-level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and to study optional topics that particularly interest t hem – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics. A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Physics GCSE. The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all of the A-level exams at the end of Year 13.

Assessment Method: A Level: Paper 1 — 35% Paper 2 — 35% Paper 3 — 30%

Career Progression: Physics is needed for most engineering, science or computer science courses at university. It is a very well respected qualification when applying for other types of course at university or college. Physics teaches you to think logically, clearly and carefully. This is good in itself but it is also valued by employers.

“The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it”. Robert L. Park

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Laboratory Skills OCR (1 A Level)

Students will develop professional and practical skills through carrying out real experiments and research, working with local employers, allowing them to practice lab techniques required in an industrial setting as well as theoretical knowledge. Students will be made aware of safe working practices in a lab and the strict legal requirements they must adhere to. Students will also gain an understanding of the different types of scientific industries and settings plus how laboratory design can vary across organisations and sectors. Every student will study five mandatory units which focus on the laboratory techniques and scientific principles: l Science Fundamentals l Laboratory Techniques l Control of Hazards in the Laboratory l Product Testing Techniques l Microbiology

Assessment Method: Two external examinations in:- l Science Fundamentals l Laboratory Techniques Three internally assessed units:- l Control of Hazards in the Laboratory l Product Testing Techniques l Microbiology

Career Progression: This qualification allows students to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding to tasks or activities that are relevant to how human sciences, environmental sciences and food science are used in the workplace. Having an appreciation of how these are used in work will also help to prepare students for continuing education in this sector.

“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions”. Claude Levi-Strauss

Further information: Miss Fletcher, Head of Science