Science - Key Stage 5

Biology

At St. James’ we run an exciting and challenging Biology course which gives students opportunities to extend their knowledge and love of Biology. The course aims to give Sixth Formers a solid foundation in Biology as well as helping students to expand crucial problem-solving, investigative and numerical skills. Additionally, we offer extra-curricular opportunities to expand on the learning done in lesson, for example an expert led, field trip to Epping Forrest, giving students the chance to carry out their own primary research.

Why choose Biology?

Biology is a subject which opens up a huge and varied set of doors, whether the subject is taken at A-Level or carried on beyond. Some of the more common careers that involve health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, biomedical science, zoology, marine biology, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for careers in developing consumer products, teaching, science writing, software development, research and many more

What skills will you develop?

Biology will help you develop a critical awareness of current social and environmental and an understanding and respect of all living things; analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills; practical skills, including the ability to plan and manipulate data.

Subjects that you can study alongside Biology

Biology will help in your study of other sciences and technical subjects including: Chemistry, Human Biology, Geography and Psychology. 

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Chemistry

At St. James’ the Chemistry teachers are inspired to engage and develop their students’ passion for chemistry and pave the way for further study and careers in science and non- science fields. We do this by using a wide range of teaching and learning strategies to nurture the love for learning in our students. Students are also given the opportunity to attend Chemistry conferences and engage with cutting –edge science.

Why choose chemistry?

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for careers in developing consumer products, metallurgy (studying how metals behave), space exploration, developing perfumes and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, software development, research and many more.

What skills will you develop?

Chemistry helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills. It helps you challenge ideas, both your own and that of others, and demonstrate how you work things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning.  In addition, studying chemistry enables you develop teamwork and communication skills.

Subjects that you can study alongside Chemistry

Chemistry will help in your study of other sciences and technical subjects including: Maths, Physics, Biology, IT, Psychology, Economics and Geography. If you study it alongside a Modern Language, such as French, or an essay subject like History or English Language & Literature at A-level, you will have even more options for courses and careers.

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Physics

At St. James’, we run an exciting and challenging Physics course which gives students opportunities to extend their knowledge and love of physics. The course aims to give Sixth Formers a solid foundation in physics as well as help students expand crucial problem-solving and logic skills. Additionally, we offer extra-curricular opportunities to expand on the learning done in lesson, for example a trip to the Large Hadron Collider in CERN Geneva, giving students the chance to walk through the most cutting-edge physics research facility in the world.

Why choose Physics?

Physics is a subject which opens up a huge and varied set of doors, whether the subject is taken at A-Level or carried on beyond. Some of the more common careers that involve physics are theoretical and experimental fields of physics and engineering, energy engineering, transport, environmental and climate science, space exploration, mathematical modelling, finance, education and many more.

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What skills will you develop?

Physics helps you to develop problem solving, analytical, logic and mathematical skills. It helps you challenge ideas, both your own and that of others, and demonstrate how you work things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning.  In addition, studying physics enables you develop teamwork and communication skills.

Subjects that you can study alongside Physics

Physics will help in your study of other sciences and technical subjects including: Maths and Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology, IT, Economics and Geography. If you study it alongside a Modern Language, such as French, or an essay subject like History or English language and literature at A-level, you will have even more options for courses and careers.

To study Physics beyond A-Level, you must also have a Maths A-Level for most courses.

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