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Science

Head of Department: Dr Dom Mercone

We can offer students a choice of three specialist subject A Levels (perfect for engineering, medicine and other science degrees).

Biology A Level

Studying Biology will nurture a passion for the subject, lay the foundations for further study and careers in biological sciences and medicine.

A Level Biologists study:

  • Biology and disease
  • Variety of living organisms
  • Population and environment
  • Control in cells and organisms
  • Investigative and practical skills

We follow the AQA specification. Teaching combines theoretical and practical approaches in class, including a field trip to study aspects of ecology. Assessment is mostly through examination, with 20% awarded to performance in practical assessments.

Extra-curricular opportunities include: Biology Olympiad, practical study day at Reading university as well as trips to biology lectures.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

Triple Science students must have achieved:
• a minimum of a grade B on the higher tier papers in the science(s) they wish to study at AS/A level.
• a minimum of a grade B in Maths.

Core and Additional Science students must have achieved:
• at least BB in core and additional science from the higher tier papers.
• at least a B grade in the individual papers for the science(s) wanting to be studied.
• a minimum of a grade B in Maths.

Chemistry A Level

Studying Chemistry at A level will allow you to explain aspects of modern day life including pharmaceuticals and climate change, as well as develop generic skills requested by universities and employers such as the ability to analyse data and work as part of a team.

A Level Chemists study:

  • Atoms, bonds and groups
  • Chains, energy and resources
  • Rings, polymers and analysis
  • Equilibria, energetics and elements
  • Practical skills

We follow the OCR (A) specification. Teaching combines theoretical and practical approaches in class. Currently students are assessed through exams at the end of AS and A2, along with the coursework component which consists of three practical exams completed at AS and A2.

Extra-curricular opportunities include: Chemistry Olympiad, a trip to the pharmaceutical department at Bath university and trips to chemistry lectures.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

Triple Science students must have achieved:
• a minimum of a grade B on the higher tier papers in the science(s) they wish to study at AS/A level.
• a minimum of a grade B in Maths.

Core and Additional Science students must have achieved:
• at least BB in core and additional science from the higher tier papers.
• at least a B grade in the individual papers for the science(s) wanting to be studied.
• a minimum of a grade B in Maths.

Physics A Level

Studying Physics at A level enables you to understand the underlying principles of how the Universe functions. It develops a number of key skills required for further study or employment and can lead on to future careers in a wide range of fields.

A Level Physicists study:

  • Mechanics and materials
  • Waves, electricity and the nature of light
  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Particle physics
  • Thermal energy, nuclear decay and astrophysics
  • Experimental physics

We follow the Edexcel specification. Teaching combines theoretical and practical approaches in class. Assessment is mostly through examination, supported by students' performance researching, planning and conducting practical experiments.

Extra-curricular opportunities include: the Physics Olympiad and trips to relevant museums and lectures.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

Triple Science students must have achieved:
• a minimum of a grade B on the higher tier papers in the science(s) they wish to study at AS/A level.
• a minimum of a grade B in Maths.

Core and Additional Science students must have achieved:
• at least BB in core and additional science from the higher tier papers.
• at least a B grade in the individual papers for the science(s) wanting to be studied.
• a minimum of a grade B in Maths.

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