Key Stage 5 studies in Science range from the traditional Biology, Chemistry and Physics, to the not-so traditional Health and Social Care. All students who take up one or more of these subjects are treated to outstanding classroom teaching by specialist teachers and the opportunity to work through engaging practical work to test scientific theory. From October 2016 Science will be taught in brand new ‘state of the art’ laboratories featuring wide touch-screen technology.
Students studying one of the three more traditional subjects will be entered for the respective Olympiad competitions run by the Royal Societies. These are national competitions which expect students to go beyond the curriculum and further prepare for studying sciences at Higher Education. Students who achieve high scores in these Olympiads receive invitations to the House of Commons and further progression to international competitions, representing Great Britain.
Sixth Form students will also have the opportunity to act as mentors in the lower years. This allows students to explain the choices they have made to other young people who may be less sure about the routes they want to go down and also provides students with the ability to practise communication and mentoring skills.
Many of the students who study Key Stage 5 Sciences progress to study science courses at Higher Education. We have had physics students who gained scholarships to study engineering, progressed on to medicine and gained places to study chemical engineering.
Health and Social Care provides an alternative route into further education and equips students with the skills to progress into fields such as nursing and social care.