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Key Stage 5 Science

At Key Stage 5 we run traditional programmes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology as well as Psychology and Geology which are all popular courses in the 6th form. We also collaborate with our partner school, Ryde Academy so that we can offer a wide curriculum.

Students are expected to be independent in learning tasks and begin to prepare for the nature of further study or the world of work by taking part in theoretical and practical tasks confidently.

Students will follow the course for two years before taking exams at the end of year 13. There is an option to study for a separate AS level during year 12 and to take exams in this at the end of that year.



Students will undertake an induction task at the end of Year 11 and/or in Sept when they start their post 16 studies.  This will be used to inform the suitability for the course.

Mock examinations are in January with a further mock in April. 


The academy offers a wide range of enrichment activities suited to students wishing to pursue careers in medicine and veterinary with Medlink. We also support work experience and university visits. Study support is available in some non-contact sessions to support early misconceptions and difficulties. We also provide a dedicated work area for our Sixth Form scientists to promote and encourage independent learning.

What is taught at Key Stage 5?

For Biology, Chemistry and Physics, practical skills will be assessed in a written examination alongside the content coverage. Students will undertake a series of “required practicals” throughout their post 16 education and if successfully passed student will receive a practical endorsement which will help secure science based courses at university.

A Level Biology

Year 1

Year 2

Module 1 Development of practical skills in biology*


Module 2 Foundations in biology

Cell structure

Biological molecules

Nucleotides and nucleic acids


Biological membranes

Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation


Module 3 Exchange and transport

Exchange surfaces

Transport in animals

Transport in plants


Module 4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system


Classification and evolution

Module 5 Communication, homeostasis and energy

Communication and homeostasis

Excretion as an example of homeostatic control Neuronal communication

Hormonal communication

Plant and animal responses




Module 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems Cellular control

Patterns of inheritance

Manipulating genomes

Cloning and biotechnology


Populations and sustainability


A Level Chemistry


Year 1

Year 2

Module 1

Development of practical skills in chemistry*  


Module 2

Foundations in chemistry

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations, Amount of substance, Acid–base and redox reactions, Electrons, bonding and structure


Module 3

Periodic table and energy

The periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and the halogens, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes, Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)


Module 4

Core organic chemistry

Basic concepts, Hydrocarbons, Alcohols and haloalkanes, Organic synthesis, Analytical techniques (IR and MS)

Module 5

Physical chemistry and transition elements

Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative),  pH and buffers, Enthalpy, entropy and free energy, Redox and electrode potentials, Transition elements


Module 6

Organic chemistry and analysis, Aromatic compounds, Carbonyl compounds, Carboxylic acids and esters, Nitrogen compounds, Polymers, Organic synthesis, Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)


Additionally, modules 1 to 4 will be recapped in order to prepare for the final examinations.


A Level Physics

Year 1

Year 2

Module 1 Development of practical skills in physics*


Module 2  Fundamental data analysis


Module 3  Physics in action

Imaging and signalling


Mechanical properties of materials


Module 4  Understanding processes

Waves and quantum behaviour

Space, time and motion

Module 5 Rise and fall of the clockwork universe

Creating models

Out into space

Our place in the universe

Matter: very simple

Matter: hot or cold


Module 6 – Field and particle physics


Charge and field

Probing deep into matter

Ionising radiation and risk.