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A-Level Life & Health Science 

A-level Life and Health Science was added to our curriculum in September 2017.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade C* or above in GCSE Double Award Science (although Grade B is advisable)
  • Grade A or above in GCSE Single Award Science
  • Pupils must have some Biology and Chemistry at GCSE. GCSE Biology or GCSE Chemistry alone are not suitable for entry to this course.

The aims of this course are to encourage students to:

  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Science, including developing an interest in further study and careers in research science;
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the science contribute to the success of the economy and society;
  • Develop competence in a range of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills;
  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works;
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other; and
  • Develop advanced study skills that help them prepare for higher education.

Summary of Course Content

AS LevelA2 Level
Unit 1: Experimental TechniquesUnit 1: Scientific Method, Investigation, Analysis and Evaluation
Unit 2: Human Body SystemsUnit 2: Organic Chemistry
Unit 3: Aspects of Physical Chemistry in Industrial ProcessesUnit 3: Genetics, Stem Cell Research and Cloning

Summary of Assessment

Progression Pathways

This course is designed to give a broad introduction to employment or further study in higher education.  Possible career paths include:

  • Health, Leisure and Sport Studies
  • Forensic, Pathology and Research laboratories
  • Nursing
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Construction Industry
  • Environmental Science and many more Science based careers
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