Biology Key Stage 5

If you enjoyed GCSE Biology, have an interest in learning more in depth, complex biological processes and are considering studying a science-based subject at university, then this is the right course for you.

Biology is a demanding but fulfilling course. Throughout, you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of scientific processes in a theoretical and practical context.

You will study Edexcel Advanced GCE Biology A (9BN0), studying 8 topics over two years. In your first year topics will include the cardiovascular system, gene expression and protein synthesis and structures of biological molecules. In year two, you will progress on to ecology, photosynthesis, immunity, microbiology, respiration and the nervous system.

You will develop your skills by completing a range of practical competencies, together with 18 core practical experiments. These will count towards a separate Science Practical Endorsement.

You will be assessed through three examinations at the end of your second year, each accounting for 33.33% of the total qualification:

Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival.
Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination.
Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology.
You will find studying this course alongside another science advantageous.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
Biology is a facilitating subject. Choosing facilitating subjects at A Level leaves open a wide range of options for Post-18 choices.

It is a requirement for those who want to study Biological Sciences, Ecology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Midwifery, Neuroscience, Nursing, Physiology, Radiography & Zoology at degree level.

A Level Biology is also preferred but not essential for studying Pharmacology and Medicine. An A Level in Biology can lead to many career opportunities

Chemistry Key Stage 5

If you enjoy Chemistry and want to know more about how chemicals interact both naturally and in a laboratory, then Chemistry will appeal to you.

Chemistry is a challenging but rewarding subject and throughout the two years you will develop many new skills. A Level Chemistry combines theory with practical and analytical experience, encouraging imaginative, critical and logical thinking. You will have the opportunity to appreciate Chemistry and its relevance beyond the laboratory.

You will study the AQA specification, studying the three areas of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, with practical work providing an investigative approach to your learning. There is a wide range of topics studied, ranging from the structure of the atom, to how to synthesise organic chemicals and how to calculate pH. At the end of year two there are three examinations based on theory and practical work.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
A qualification in Chemistry is highly valued and is a key subject for many degree courses, such as Medicine and Biochemistry. An A Level in Chemistry can directly lead to Higher Education opportunities in Dentistry, Forensic Science, Food Sciences, Petroleum Engineering, Meteorology and Material Technology. Most Biological and Environmental degrees require Chemistry.
As it requires analytical powers and academic rigour, Chemistry creates a suitable foundation for careers in Law, Accountancy and Economics.

Physics Key Stage 5

Physics is taught in our well equipped laboratories by experienced teachers who pride themselves on the amount of support and guidance they provide to students.

This course will help you to:
– Progress smoothly from GCSE on to A Levels
– Develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics
– Gain hands-on practical and data analysis skills
– Appreciate ‘How Science Works’ and its relevance beyond the laboratory
– See how Physics links to other sciences and how the subject underpins important technologies

This course will appeal to students who are curious about how things work on every scale, from the smallest particles to the ends of the universe, and to those who enjoy solving applied mathematical problems.

Students will work individually or in small groups and learn through a number of different approaches including practical experiments, problem solving, research, teacher explanations and demonstrations.

This AQA Physics course is a well-respected qualification with a good mixture of topics.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
This qualification can provide a stepping stone to further studies in Physics, including university degrees.

A Level Physics supports careers in Communications, Environment and Climate, the Energy Sector, Medicine, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Law and Finance.

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