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Science Faculty FAQs

Biology

Q. Which examination board is used for GCSE and A level biology?

A. AQA

 

Q. Is biology taught as a separate science or as part of a combined course at GCSE?

A. Biology can be studied as a separate GCSE or as part of a combined science course.

 

Q. Is biology taught by specialists?

A. From Y8 biology is taught by specialists.

 

Q. Is biology a popular subject at this school?

A. Biology A level is a very popular subject with many pupils going on to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

 

Q. Is dissection compulsory in this subject?

A. Dissection is part of the A level course, but plants may be dissected instead of animal tissue.

 

Geology

Q. Is it just about rocks?

A. No! Geology is the scientific study of the Earth and incorporates such diverse topics as volcanoes, plate tectonics, water, economic minerals, environmental analysis, climate change, geohazards (including earthquakes), fossils and life on Earth, engineering and even dinosaurs! The physical Earth is studied in much more detail than in geography.

 

Q. Do you teach geology other than in Sixth Form?

A. Not as a separate subject but various aspects of geology are covered in science lessons and geography.

 

Q. What do I need to do geology at A-level?

A. A 66 in trilogy science or 6 in physics or chemistry is expected, but the main requirement is an interest in truly unravelling the nature and history of planet Earth.

 

Q. Will I do well?

A. Probably yes! Geology is accessible to all because it is so varied in content and students tend to become very interested in the subject. Results are excellent (best in science 2019) and students have every opportunity to maximise their potential.

 

Q. Where can it take me as a subject?

A. There are many varied careers that lead from geology using the skills acquired (it is just as ‘facilitating’ as geography!). Other than geology itself, related careers include geohazard management (volcanoes and earthquakes), mineral exploration, oceanography, environmental science, the energy sector, civil engineering and planetary sciences.

 

Physics

Q: Do I need to do A level Maths?

A: No

 

Q: Is it recommended I do A level Maths?

A: Yes

 

Q: Is there practical work in the course?

A: Yes. We cover 12 required practicals and there is other practical work and lots of demonstrations that help to visualise physical phenomena.

 

Q: What option is taught?

A: Astrophysics. Occasionally some students opt to study medical physics however this is self-taught as there is no capacity in the timetable to cover this content.

 

Q: I’m working at a grade 6, will I be able to study A level Physics?

A: Yes, a minimum grade 6 is acceptable. Students need to be aware that A level Physics is very challenging so they might not work towards high A level grades if entering the course with a GCSE grade 6.