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A wide range of careers are available such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physiotherapy, pharmacy, midwifery, paramedics, nursing, zoology, marine biology, sports science, teaching, forensics and law.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: 2 x Grade 6 in any of the Sciences and a Grade 6 in Mathematics is recommended
Course Content
•Students will sit a new-style qualification from September 2015. The course is now linear which means students will sit all exams at the end of the 2-year course.
•The ISA (practical examination) has now been replaced by 12 compulsory practical activities which will be carried out in lessons throughout the course, and knowledge and understanding tested in the final exams. There will also be a greater emphasis on mathematic skills with 10% of marks testing these skills.

Core content includes:
• Biological molecules
• Cells
• Organisms exchange substances with their environment
• Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
• Energy transfers in and between organisms
• Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
• Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
• The control of gene expression
Style Of Assessment
• Paper 1, topics 1-4, 2 hour exam, 91 marks, 35% of A Level

• Paper 2, topics 5-8, 2 hour exam, 91 marks, 35% of A Level

• Paper 3, any content from topics 1-8, 2 hour exam, 78 marks, 30% of A Level
Whose kind of course?
Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, PE, English, Geography and History.

Stretch and challenge - Aiming for A*
The A* grade will be awarded to pupils who achieve an overall grade A (over 80%) in all their AS units and over 90% in their A2 units.
Career Prospects
A wide range of careers are available such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physiotherapy, pharmacy, midwifery, paramedics, nursing, zoology, marine biology, sports science, teaching, forensics and law.
Chemistry

Forensic Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, Banking, Teaching, Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Government/Private research organisations, Medicinal and Industrial Chemistry.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: 2 x Grade 6 in any of the Sciences and a Grade 6 in Mathematics is recommended
Course Content
AS level Qualification (Independent from A2 from September 2015)
• Paper 1: Inorganic and physical chemistry with practical skills
50% of AS level; 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks
• Paper 2: Organic and physical chemistry with practical skills
50% of AS level; 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks

A level Qualification (Independent from AS from September 2015)
• Paper 1: Inorganic and physical chemistry with practical skills
35% of A level; 2 hours, 105 marks
• Paper 2: Organic and physical chemistry with practical skills
35% of A level; 2 hours, 105 marks
• Paper 3: All content and practical skills
30% of A level; 2 hours, 90 marks
Style Of Assessment
TBC
Whose kind of course?
Chemistry is a pre-requisite for many of the degree courses including medicine as it demonstrates analytical and research skills. Employers appreciate the hard work involved in studying chemistry and recognise that these pupils will have developed skills including interpreting written or numerical data, communicating ideas and problem solving.

Stretch and challenge - Aiming for A*
The A* grade will be awarded to pupils who achieve an overall grade A (over 80%) in all their AS units and over 90% in their A2 units.
We constantly set challenging problems to ensure that the most able students have the best opportunity to achieve the highest grades.
Career Prospects
Forensic Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, Banking, Teaching, Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Government/Private research organisations, Medicinal and Industrial Chemistry.
Physics

Scientific and technical industries, Energy and environment, Government research, Electronics / IT / software development, Healthcare, Government, Education, Finance, Legal, Media and communications, Retail/leisure, Aeronautics, Architecture.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: 2 x Grade 6 in any of the Sciences and a Grade 6 in Mathematics is recommended
Course Content
• Students will sit a new-style qualification from September 2015. The course is now linear which means students will sit all exams at the end of the 2 year course.
• The ISA (practical examination) has now been replaced by 12 compulsory practical activities which will be carried out throughout the course in lessons and knowledge and understanding tested in the final exams.
1. Measurements and their errors
2. Particles and radiation
3. Waves
4. Mechanics and materials
5. Electricity
6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
7. Fields and their consequences
8. Nuclear physics
Plus one option topic from:
9. Astrophysics, 10. Medical physics, 11. Engineering physics,12. Turning points in physics, 13. Electronics
Style Of Assessment
Paper 1, 34%: Section 1-5 and 6.1 (2 hour, 85 mark, written and m-choice questions)
Paper 2, 34%: Section 6.2, 7 & 8 (2 hour, 85 mark, written and m-choice questions)
Paper 3, 32%:
Sec A: Practical Skills and Data Analysis (45 mark, written questions)
Sec B: Option topic 9-13 (35 mark, written questions)
Whose kind of course?
Anyone with a logical mind who is interested in solving problems and understanding how things work.

Those who are looking to study Science at University and are thinking of any of the careers listed below.

This A level works well alongside maths and/or other sciences

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
The A* grade will be awarded to pupils who achieve an overall grade A (over 80%) in all their AS units and over 90% in their A2 units.
Career Prospects
Scientific and technical industries, Energy and environment, Government research, Electronics / IT / software development, Healthcare, Government, Education, Finance, Legal, Media and communications, Retail/leisure, Aeronautics, Architecture.
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