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Year 12 & 13

The following courses are offered at Key Stage 5 within the Science department:

A-Level Biology
A-Level Chemistry
A-Level Physics
BTEC Applied Science

Biology, Chemistry and Physics have been named as “facilitating subjects” by the Russell Group of universities. These are the subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses. They can help students keep their options open when choosing a degree and many of the top universities will ask you to have at least one A-level in a facilitating subject when you apply.

Course Handbooks, Specifications & Summer Work
Please find the handbooks and specifications for each of our A-Level courses below. Students who are due to join us in Year 12 are expected to complete some preparatory work.

A-Level Biology Handbook Specification Website Summer Work
A-Level Chemistry Handbook Specification Website Summer Work
A-Level Physics Handbook Specification Website Summer Work
BTEC Applied Science Handbook Specification Website Summer Work

Why study A-Level Biology?

Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers, particularly in healthcare, medicine and jobs involving plants or animals. The list is pretty long and includes: nursing, dentistry, forensic science, psychology, physiotherapy, botany, environmental science, zoology, geology, oceanography, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, genetics and research. As with the other sciences, Biology helps you to build up research, problem solving, organisation and analytical skills. If you study Biology, you will likely find yourself working on group projects, which will help you build your teamwork and communication skills too.

Rachel Lambert-Forsyth, director of education and training at the Society of Biology, says: “Biology opens up exciting career possibilities. From conservation to cancer research, biologists are tackling important 21st century challenges, and we need skilled young people to be part of this. It is also important to remember that Biology is excellent preparation for non-scientific careers, thanks to the skills it provides – everything from analytical thinking to writing reports.

For more information, visit this website.

Why study A-Level Chemistry?
Chemistry will help you get ahead in most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers and more besides. It also helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills, as well as helping you to challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning. It often requires teamwork and communication skills too, which is also great for project management.

Chemistry is an important subject for careers in: medicine, environmental science, engineering, toxicology, developing consumer products, metallurgy (studying how metals behave), space exploration, developing perfumes and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, software development and research.

For more information, visit this website.

Why study A-Level Physics?
Physics is an extremely useful subject for the majority of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers. You’ll find physicists everywhere, such as in industry, transport, government, universities, the armed forces, the secret service, games companies and research labs. Physics is especially helpful for jobs that involve building things and developing new technologies, including all types of engineering, astronomy, robotics, renewable energies, computer science, communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology. It will help you to build up your problem solving, research, and analytical skills. With these skills you’ll be able to test out new ideas plus question and investigate other people’s theories, which is useful for any kind of job that involves research or debate.

A spokesperson for the Institute of Physics says: “Physicists are involved in finding solutions to many of our most pressing challenges – as well as studying atoms or making sense of the extra-terrestrial, physicists diagnose disease, model the climate, design computer games, predict markets and design hi-tech goods. Studying physics opens doors.”

For more information, visit this website.

Why study BTEC Applied Science?
Employers are looking for recruits with a thorough grounding in the latest industry requirements and work-ready skills such as teamwork. Higher education needs students who have experience of research, extended writing and meeting deadlines. It is for these reasons that this Level 3 BTEC award, which covers all of the three science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), is an ideal course for students who are thinking about careers in nursing, vet nursing, paramedics, midwifery, forensic science and basic pharmacology.