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Brooke Weston

Post 16 Studies

Science

The Science department has a large number of subject specialists and is supported by a team of technicians. Learning takes place in a block of ten modern purpose built laboratories. All laboratories provide excellent facilities including built in video and internet access and interactive white boards. There are two preparation rooms enabling the department to be fully stocked with the chemicals and equipment needed for Post 16 courses. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are very popular choices amongst students at A Level. All three subjects adopt an applied approach, where every topic is set in the context of a real life situation. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge and use it in context, a skill which is valuable in many careers. Students completing these courses will also have developed high levels of practical skills suitable for use in any type of laboratory work. The majority of students go on to study science-based degrees at university including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

A Level Biology (Edexcel Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology)

Exam Board Edexcel
Assessment Externally set examination alongside practical endorsement
Overview The course provides an exciting, innovative approach to teaching and learning biology. It achieves this by developing ideas and concepts which are taught through contemporary topics, designed to motivate students, in the context of real life applications of biology. Examples of the use of basic biological principals are taken from the contexts of health and everyday living, technology and the environment. The course is supported by an exclusive, dedicated website, multimedia resources and course texts. Online specifically designed activities are available to support learning in each topic as well as those to develop and support maths and ICT skills. The students will have opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. These skills will be assessed through a minimum of 12 identified practical activities. The assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students' certificates alongside the overall grade for the qualification.
Units studied Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
Topic 2: Genes and Health
Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
Topic 5: On the Wild Side
Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics.
Future pathways Biology is often an essential requirement for higher education courses in medicine, dentistry, agricultural sciences, anatomy, animal sciences, biochemistry, biological sciences, biotechnology, ecology, genetics, food science, microbiology, natural sciences, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and veterinary science.

A Level Chemistry (Salters Chemistry B)

Exam Board OCR
Assessment Externally set examinations alongside practical endorsement
Overview The course provides an exciting, innovative approach to teaching and learning chemistry. It achieves this by developing chemical ideas in the context of real-life applications of chemistry. The specification relates modern-day applications of chemistry and current research to the concepts needed for the study of chemistry at A Level. The chemical ideas and skills are developed by means of a Chemical Storyline, leading to activities which include laboratory practical work, research activities and data analysis. The course has been designed to build up understanding of chemical ideas in a gradual way and in a range of different contexts. The students will have opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. These skills are assessed throughout the course and the assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students' certificates alongside the overall grade for the qualification.
Units studied Elements of life
Developing fuels
Elements from the Sea
The Ozone Story
What's in a Medicine
The chemical Industry
Polymers and Life
Oceans
Developing Metals
Colour by design
Future pathways Chemistry is an essential requirement for higher education courses in: medicine, dentistry, agricultural sciences, animal sciences, biochemistry, biological sciences, biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemical physics, earth sciences, geology, human sciences, materials science, ecology, genetics, food science, microbiology, natural sciences, pharmacology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy and veterinary science.

A Level Physics (Edexcel Salters Horners Advanced Physics)

Exam Board Edexcel
Assessment Externally set examination along with Practical Endorsement
Overview The course begins with the consideration of situations and applications that each draws on one or more areas of physics, and then moves on to the underlying physics laws, theories and models. This approach is based on the Salters Horners Advanced Physics (SHAP) Project and it provides an exciting, innovative context led approach to teaching and learning the physics concepts that are relevant to the modern world. Students will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written examinations. These skills will be assessed through a minimum of 12 identified practical activities and the assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students' certificates alongside the overall grade for the qualification.
Units studied Higher, Faster, Stronger
Technology in Space
Digging up the Past
The sound of Music
Good enough to Eat
Spare part Surgery
Future pathways Physics is very useful for courses in architecture, all types of engineering, computer science, instrument physics, materials science, mineral sciences, telecommunications science and technology.