Key Stage 5
We offer a range of A-Level qualifications which allow students to progress from GCSE Science and follow an academic pathway in their post-16 education. We have a strong tradition of supporting students into competitive degree courses in the sciences. Many of our former students are now working in high status scientific careers.
The information below gives an overview of the courses we offer. Students are encouraged to discuss their choice of post-16 courses in more detail with teaching staff.
Biology is the scientific study of life: it encompasses the investigation of living organisms and life processes from the molecular, through cells and individual organisms to populations and whole communities of animals and plants. Our course is designed to equip students with a solid understanding of key biological knowledge, using examples from contemporary research to apply this in a range of contexts from the OCR specification A. The use of practical work is a key element of our course and students will be given regular opportunities to undertake their own biological investigations and a teacher assessed practical endorsement.
Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. It is often called the central science as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Our course is designed to enable girls to think and make connections with their learning, to critically analyse and communicate their ideas effectively. The subject is highly regarded by universities for Medicine, Dentistry and veterinary science. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed both through written papers and a teacher assessed Practical Endorsement from OCR specification A.
Physics explores the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of, from the smallest pieces of matter to the furthest reaches of the observable universe. It explains the underlying concepts behind every day phenomena and is pushing the advancement of human knowledge from the AQA specification. Many apparently complicated things in nature can be understood in terms of relatively simple mathematical relationships. Physicists try to uncover these relationships through observing, creating mathematical models, and testing them by doing experiments. In short, it tries to answer the biggest question of all ‘What is the universe, how did it begin and how does it all work?’ Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed both through written papers and a teacher assessed Practical Endorsement