“Science is a way of looking at the Universe”

Each of us faces daily the challenge of staying alive. We take for granted food, water, heat, light, fuel: a whole host of resources without which the fragile human condition begins to fail.

Imagine this on a larger scale: towns, cities, countries. Now think bigger: continents, oceans, space, the universe. How immense is the challenge facing humanity? We are now in a new geological era, the Anthropocene Era.

Humanity is defining its own environment, and making mistakes. Scientists are the only people who can solve the problems of the future, today. Be part of that winning team.

The Science Department is dedicated to the teaching of science through outstanding lessons, state of the art equipment, contemporary curricula and forward-looking expression of current scientific research by its passionate and well-qualified staff.

Mission

Our mission is encapsulated in the phrase: “Science is a way of looking at the Universe”. All disciplines in the Science Department (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics) look at phenomena and try to explain them. Biology looks at the living world, from genetic manipulation to managing the biosphere. Chemistry looks at the atoms and elements of the universe, making sense of them and creating new, dynamic combinations for the betterment of society. Computer scientists look at the universe by processing data and communicating it globally to share and improve information. Physics examines how the very energy of the universe allows life to exist at all.

We have five science laboratories, including one lecture-style teaching room, as well as two fully networked IT laboratories. The laboratories are extremely well equipped having been commissioned in 2014 with brand new resources. We also have a full set of wireless network lap tops available by trolley to any teaching area.

KS4

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (equivalent to two GCSEs)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

There is a great deal of exciting content and the course gives you a marvellous insight into not only traditional topics but also cutting edge technology such as nuclear and particle physics, genetic modification and DNA analysis, industrial chemistry and alternative fuels.

The course covers all three sciences and is sub-divided into topics which are further grouped for examinations.

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

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KS5

APPLIED SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY
We offer three sciences at A-Level and in the past our curriculum has included Applied Science. All our A-Level subjects are two year A-Level courses although some students do take AS in a science after one year if their combination of KS5 studies is appropriate. The courses are examined after two years through five different examinations. Practical skills are included in normal lessons and students maintain a formal record of their work which may be inspected by national moderators. Practical skills are then assessed in the written examinations.

A-LEVEL BIOLOGY
Throughout the duration of the course you will cover a broad range of biology theories and principles and at the end of the two years, you will leave with a broad range of knowledge of how living systems work, including the principles of genetics, molecules, taxonomy, natural selection, evolutionary theory, global warming, bacteria and viruses, amongst others.

A-LEVEL CHEMISTRY
Chemistry A level is taught over two years. It covers physical, organic and inorganic elements and practical skills are taught in an integrated manner through the two years.

We teach the OCR Chemistry A specification H032, H432

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015/

A-LEVEL PHYSICS
Physics A-Level is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for progression to university. It is taught over two years. The course will develop and stretch your current knowledge such that you have a deeper understanding of how and why our universe appears and behaves the way in which it does. It spans from the unimaginably small realms of the subatomic and quantum level to the unimaginably large realms of astrophysics and cosmology.

You will integrate the concepts studied with a range of practical experiments throughout each topic giving the course both an academic and practical focus. You will learn to apply your knowledge of the key concepts to solve problems in a range of different contexts and applications.

We teach the OCR Physics A specification H556

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171726-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-physics-a-h556.pdf

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Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE grades A*-C/9-5 including Mathematics, English and Additional Science.
An interest in pursuing a career in Science-related fields.

 

There may be an opportunity for some students to re-sit their Maths and English qualifications if they do not achieve a pass at GCSE. This will be discussed with individual applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Course Details

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science qualification (3 A Level equivalent)
Extended Project Qualification (0.5 A Level) (optional)
Industry Projects and Visits
Business Awareness
Work Placements
Internships
There may be an opportunity for some students to re-sit their Maths and English qualifications if they do not achieve a pass at GCSE. This will be discussed with individual applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Careers

What Careers can I do with Biology?
Biology is a key subject for lots of 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.

What Careers is Chemistry Good for?
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.

What Careers Can I do with Physics?
You’ll find physicists everywhere, in industry, transport, government, universities, the armed forces, the secret service, games companies, research labs and more. Physics is especially helpful for jobs that involve building things and developing new technologies, including: engineering (flight, buildings, space, you name it…), astronomy, robotics, renewable energies, computer science, communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology.

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Results

Our results are exceptional. For more details follow the link below.

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Curriculum Case Studies

Curriculum Case Study: Applied Science

Our Applied Scientists often enjoy the opportunity to explore their topics outside the classroom. We have collaborative agreements with British Sugar, amongst other industry partners, and a trip to their local plant allowed students to observe many aspects of industrial science. Students explored the plant, visiting the laboratories where quality assurance focuses on the molecular as well as such diverse technology as sustainable energy provision and waste-soil re-cycling.

Curriculum Case Study: Science

Applied Science students are working with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing to determine the chemical composition in the dye of M&Ms, as part of a product development programme. Using a range of advanced analytical techniques, students identify unnecessary additives and provide recommendations to food manufacturers. Opportunities for internships are available for students who show a particular aptitude and interest for this area of scientific research.