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Biology (A Level)

Course outline

  • Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics (Exam)
  • Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology (Exam)
  • General and Practical Principles in Biology (Exam)
  • Science Practical Endorsement (Internally assessed)

What type of student succeeds at Biology A Level?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • have an interest in the study of living organisms.
  • enjoy carrying out investigations.
  • are interested in developments in the “new” biology topics, such as genetic engineering, and their impact on society.
  • are looking towards careers in the health related professions, biotechnology or ecology and the environment.
  • may want to use Biology to support other qualifications.

Subject requirements at GCSE

This course builds on the knowledge and understanding of GCSE Double Science or GCSE Triple Science Biology.   It is expected that you will have achieved a GCSE Grade 6 or above in one of those subjects.  During the course you will need to be able to communicate effectively and to be able to research information from a variety of sources.  During the course you will also be expected to handle and interpret data, so it would be helpful for you to have gained a Grade 6 or higher in Maths GCSE.

Complementary subjects

Biology is well paired with the other sciences, Physics and Chemistry, as well as Maths.

Homework

Students receive homework every single day. Biology is best learned through constant practice and repetition and students get plenty of opportunity to do so. Exam packs are produced containing every single past paper question so students will never run out of practice questions.

Future Directions

Which university courses require Biology A Level?

Biology degrees require Biology A Level. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Environmental Science and Physiology as well as careers in more broadly related areas, such as the food industry.

Which university courses look favourably on Biology A Level?

Biology A Level is favourable for careers in the health related professions, biotechnology or ecology and the environment.

What are the entry requirements to study Biology at university?

Biology entry requirements are high. Anywhere between CCC and A*A*A.

Which careers could Biology  A Level lead to?

Biology is particularly valued when supporting applications for degree courses in subjects such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Sports Studies.

 

Chemistry (A Level)

Course outline

  • Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (Exam)
  • Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry (Exam)
  • General and Practical Principles in Chemistry (Exam)
  • Science Practical Endorsement (Internally assessed)

What type of student succeeds at Chemistry  A Level?

Chemistry at AS and A Level will help you develop transferable skills such as communication, problem solving and analytical thinking. Potential employers value the analytical and conceptual skills that are developed during the study of Chemistry. Such skills, coupled with the ability to work in a meticulous and accurate manner, enable Chemistry students to pursue careers within, or outside, the vast area of Science.

Subject requirements at GCSE

This course builds on the knowledge and understanding of GCSE Double Science or GCSE Triple Science Chemistry.   It is expected that you will have achieved a GCSE Grade 6 or above in one of those subjects.  During the course you will need to be able to communicate effectively and to be able to research information from a variety of sources.  During the course you will also need to be expected to handle and interpret data so it would be helpful for you to have gained a Grade 6 or higher in Maths GCSE and a grade 6 or higher at English Language GCSE.

Complementary subjects

Chemistry occupies a pivotal position in the Sciences as it is often referred to as a central Science because it joins together Biology, Physics and Mathematics.

Homework

Students receive homework every single day. Chemistry is best learned through constant practice and repetition and students get plenty of opportunity to do so. Exam packs are produced containing every single past paper question so students will never run out of practice questions.

Future Directions

Which university courses require Chemistry  A Level?

Chemistry degrees require Chemistry A Level. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Environmental Science and Engineering as well as careers in more broadly related areas, such as the Chemical industry.

Which university courses look favourably on Chemistry A Level?

Chemistry A Level is favourable for careers in the health related professions, biotechnology or engineering.

What are the entry requirements to study Chemistry at university?

Chemistry entry requirements are high. Anywhere between BBB and A*A*A.

Which careers could Chemistry A Level lead to?

Innumerable career prospects include: anatomy, agricultural science, beauty therapy, biochemistry, biology, physics, engineering, chemistry, dentistry, food science, forestry, medicine, pathology, polymer science, veterinary science.

 

Physics (A Level)

Course outline

All A Level students will also be entered for the AS examination. This will not contribute towards their final grade, however it is a more robust means of assessing students.

AS Physics– Mechanics, Materials, D.C. Electricity, Waves, Nature of Light (Quantum Physics)

A Level Physics– Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Particle Physics, Oscillations, Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology

What type of student succeeds at Physics A Level?

Physics a demanding A Level. It requires determination, resilience and a willingness to work through problems independently as well as being able to explain your thinking. A love of reflecting on abstract concepts, numbers and a sense of enjoyment from working on and completing difficult problems is a must.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 6 at Physics/Science GCSE and a Grade 6 at Maths GCSE is required in order to study Physics at A Level. In addition, all students must sit an entrance exam based on holiday homework. The course requires a strong understanding of Grade A and A* work right from the outset.

Complementary subjects

Physics is well paired with Maths, and any of the other sciences or social science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Economics, Sociology and Psychology.

Homework

Students receive homework several times a week. Physics is best learned through constant practice and repetition, but also on reflecting on the lesson learned from each “practice session”. Exam packs are given out with past paper questions so students never run out of practice questions, and have plenty of opportunity to test themselves.

Student View

“I have enjoyed studying Physics at A Level. As long as you don’t underestimate the step up from GCSE and work hard, you will do well! I have chosen to study it at university too so I am hoping to get an A*!”

Future Directions

Which university courses require Physics A Level?

Physics degrees usually require Physics or Maths A Level. Engineering and Architecture degrees often ask for Physics too.

Which university courses look favourably on Physics A Level?

Physics A Level is favourable for any degree which requires logical thought.

What are the entry requirements to study Physics at university?

Physics entry requirements are high; anywhere between BBB and A*A*A.

Some universities require additional exams (TSA/PAT)

Which careers could Physics A Level lead to?

Engineering, Finance, Architecture, Accounting, Law, Journalism, Aviation, Medicine, Teaching, Computer Engineering, Research, to name just a few.