Science - Key Stage 5

We offer 3 linear A-Level courses - Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The A-Level will have all practical skills assessed in the written papers. The new papers will also include a higher proportion of Mathematical skills that will be taught as part of the specification, this being approximately:

  • 15% for Biology
  • 20% for Chemistry
  • 40% for Physics

There is more emphasis on higher mathematical ability in the Sciences so you will have to gain a level 6 in GCSE Mathematics to continue with a Science post-16.

More details on both of these courses can be found in our Sixth Form Course Guide.


Biology

Are you interested in how things work in the biological world? Are you thinking of an exciting career in Biology, or looking for a subject to complement Advanced Levels in the other Sciences, Mathematics or related subjects such as Physical Education or Psychology? If the answer is yes, or even maybe, read on…

In Biology you develop practical skills by planning experiments, collecting data, analysing experimental results and making conclusions. The new course includes a practical endorsement which replaces coursework. It does not count towards the A level grade but is reported alongside it, and has to be passed. You learn how scientific models are developed, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and the risks that science brings and the ways society uses science to make decisions.

  • Module 1 Development of practical skills
  • Module 2 Foundations in biology
  • Module 3 Exchange and Transport
  • Module 4 Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
  • Module 5 Communication Homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 Genetics evolution and ecosystems

Chemistry

The main employers of chemistry graduates are in the chemical and related industries, such as:

  • Agrochemicals
  • Metallurgical
  • Petrochemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics and polymers
  • Toiletries

However, you'll also find opportunities with employers in many different sectors, including the food and drink industry, utilities and research, health and medical organisations, the government and scientific research organisations and agencies.

  • Paper 1: Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Paper 2: Core Organic and Physical Chemistry
  • Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry
  • Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry

Physics

Physics leads on to a wide range of courses and careers, especially in Engineering and Science. Physics is an enabling subject, in that many Universities will accept Physics as an A-Level to gain access to their courses. You could use Physics to support other qualifications or move on to further studies or employment. Many organisations value a qualification in A-Level Physics even if it is not directly relevant to their business.

  • AS: Core Physics I
  • AS: Core Physics II
  • A Level: Advanced Physics I
  • A-Level: Advanced Physics II
  • A-Level: General and Practical Principles in Physics