The Royal School, Wolverhampton has a dedicated team of specialist science teachers who are passionate about their subject and endeavour to instil this passion to all students on a daily basis. The philosophy within the department is to bring a holistic approach to the study of science. We aim to bring an enjoyment and love of biology, chemistry and physics subjects, as well as a knowledge and understanding of the importance science plays within our lives. From exciting experiments in one of our six large and well-equipped laboratories, through purposeful debates and discussions to hands-on collaboration experiences, we aim to make our subject as accessible as possible to everyone who studies it. The course also aims to develop communication skills so that all students can share their scientific experiences meaningfully with others, readying them for university courses and the world of work.
The A-level science pathway builds on the GCSE knowledge of the previous three years and develops the academic, analytical and experimental mind of each student. These robust courses provide the stretch and challenge which is necessary for entry into university, and each student will leave with the necessary practical competencies which are required for undergraduate study. A-level scientists delve deeper into each topic from the GCSE course, whilst adding more complex knowledge from the cutting-edge and developing world of science. It is here, in these final two years of study, that our students develop the true independence and critical thinking skills which are so necessary for a degree-level education. All students follow the AQA examination syllabus at A-level.
Exam Board: AQA
The AQA Chemistry specification enables students to learn about key chemistry concepts, alongside a range of practical skills. The course develops skills in analytical thinking, scientific numeracy and a deep understanding of scientific method.
In Year 12 students study a wide range of topics including chemistry calculations, synthesis of organic chemicals and the structure and periodicity of the periodic table. In Year 13 this expands to cover biochemistry, organic reactions, transition metals and further physical chemistry.
A Level students will have ample opportunity to complete core practical activities in lessons and use these to develop competence in ‘How Science Works’ skills. These skills will be assessed in the written examinations and will enable students to achieve their practical endorsement certificate.
Grade 6 grade at GCSE Science (combined or single) and Grade 6 at GCSE mathematics.
Progression routes and careers:
Chemistry is a vital A Level to obtain for future studies in medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry, audiology, biochemistry, chemistry. It is also incredibly useful for many other subjects, such as law or history.