Science

Entry requirements

For any of the Key stage 5 science courses the entry requirements are at least a grade 5 on the higher tier GCSE combined science or relevant separate science course. Please note that Additional Applied Science and BTEC Science will not be accepted. Grade 5 in English and Maths would also be desirable but not essential.

Why choose the sciences

The World we live in is constantly changing and evolving. There have been positive changes, like the World Wide Web, which has revolutionised the way information is stored and accessed. However, there have also been negative changes. As a population we have been making huge demands on the planet’s resources and the environment, we now need to find new solutions for almost everything humans do, from fuel production to waste disposal.

Studying science will prepare you for a job that will give you skills and knowledge to improve the world around us and possible the future of the planet. A whole range of careers are possible in a large variety of areas from small companies to global organisations, working indoors or outdoors at a variety of levels.

Further information about careers from the sciences can be found at:

The Royal Society of Biology

The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Institute of Physics

Future Morph – Become someone; career opportunities from science and maths.

Examinations

A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course (year 12) and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course (year 13).

For each AS subject there are two examinations lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

For the full A level there are three examinations lasting 2 hours each.

The BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science has a mixture of externally and internally assessed components.

BIOLOGY A Level

Whether you prefer working indoors or outdoors, alone or in a team, pursuing a career in biology is stimulating and rewarding. People will always require healthy food, new medicines, clean water, sustainably produced crops and carbon neutral fuel, however, without a work force trained in the biological sciences, none of this will happen.

At Tupton Hall School we follow the AQA specification which helps to inspire students and nurture their passion for the subject by bringing biology to life, laying the foundations for further study and the workplace. Practical work is at the heart of all of the A level science subjects and gives the students the opportunity to embed their skills and knowledge. Practical work is recorded in a laboratory book to help students prepare for University and work environments.

Among other skills you will need to be able to apply biological principles to new situations, describe and explain trends presented graphically and understand how scientists work, as well as critically evaluating their findings.

Biology is taught by an experienced and specialist team of staff. For more information please speak to Mrs Capille or Mrs Spencer (KS5 Science Co-ordinator) or follow the link for a detailed breakdown of the course.  

CHEMISTRY A Level

It is essential to know about Chemistry at some level to understand the World around us. Chemists develop new medicines, safeguard our food supply, monitor and protect our environment even the clothes we wear and technology we use depend on chemistry.

The A Level course follows the AQA specification and is designed to ensure that students are learning Chemistry relevant to real world experiences. Practical work is at the heart of the Chemistry course and students will have numerous opportunities to link theory to reality and develop their practical skills. Students will gain the opportunities to use a range of new apparatus and techniques; working safely and methodically, taking accurate measurements, recording observations, understanding precision of their apparatus, drawing conclusions and researching. Students detail their experiments in a laboratory book which will help prepare them for practical work at University or within their chosen career.

As well as developing knowledge and understanding of scientific theories students will be taught how to analyse information, identify patterns in data and to be able to apply this knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations.

Chemistry is taught by an experienced and specialist team of staff;

For further information please contact Mr Lambert (Head of Science) or Mrs Spencer (KS5 Science Co-ordinator) or follow the link for a detailed breakdown of the course.  

PHYSICS A Level

“There are millions of students in the World, but to get a job you have to stand out from the crowd. Physics will help to give you that edge; people are always impressed by a qualification in physics.” [Steff, weather forecaster]

All the technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of physics. Whatever you want to learn and do in the future Physics is more than a subject – it trains the brain to think beyond boundaries.

At Tupton Hall School we follow the AQA specification for all of the A level sciences, the physics specification is a stepping stone to future study and helps to inspire students and nurture their passion for the subject by bringing physics to life, laying the foundations for further study and the workplace. Practical work is at the heart of all of the A level science subjects and gives the students the opportunity to embed their skills and knowledge. Practical work is recorded in a laboratory book to help students prepare for University and work environments.

Physics is taught by an experienced and specialist team of staff. For further information please contact Mr Limb, Miss Clowes or Mrs Spencer (KS5 Science Co-ordinator) or follow the link for a detailed breakdown of the course.

Applied Science btec level 3 extended certificate

‘BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. Today’s BTEC nationals are demanding, as you would expect of the most respected applied learning qualification in the UK. This means you can feel proud to achieve a BTEC because, whatever your plans in life – whether you decide to study further, go on to work or an apprenticeship, or set up your own business – your BTEC National will be your passport to success in the next stage of your life.’ [Pearson Education Limited, 2015]

At Tupton Hall School we follow the Pearson’s specification for the extended certificate which is equivalent in size to 1 A-level, this course carries UCAS points and can be used for progression to university. There are 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit that is decided upon depending on the interests and skills of the cohort.

Applied science is taught by an experienced and specialist team of staff. For further information please contact Ms Gibbons, Mrs Robbins-Emery or Mrs Spencer (KS5 Science Co-ordinator) or follow the link for a detailed breakdown of the course.