Science

Academic Excellence pathway

A Level

The Academic Excellence Pathway is designed to improve our students’ chances of securing places on the most competitive university courses. It is also an opportunity for students with very good GCSE grades to stretch themselves further and develop their study skills by researching an Extended Project in a topic of interest.

APPLIED SCIENCE

BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

This course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route. The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study.

Applied Science BTEC Level 2

BTEC Level 2

This course offers students the chance to build their understanding of Science in order to access level three qualifications.

Applied Science BTEC Level 3

BTEC Level 3

This course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route. The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study.

BIOLOGY – A Level

A Level (AQA)

Biology at Marple Sixth Form College is in the top 25% nationally for progress. Biology is the science of life. In Biology, you will study how organisms function and interact with each other. Biology is an exciting and fast moving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in genetics and in the fight against disease.

CHEMISTRY – A Level

A Level (AQA)

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. In the first year students will explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry and apply this to how Chemistry is used in the modern world. Wherever possible, students carry out experimental work to illustrate the theoretical principles they study.

Children’s Play, Learning & Development (CPLD)

BTEC Level 3 & 2

A desire to work with younger children as an educator or carer is important to have for both programmes. A National Diploma in CPLD is a three A Level, two-year programme with a mixture of core units, mandatory specialist units …

ECONOMICS – A-Level

A Level (AQA)

Economics also introduces you to business behaviour and labour markets. You will consider the size and growth of firms, their objectives and the different types of market structure. Demand and supply analysis will be applied to wage determination.

Environmental Science – A Level

A Level (AQA)

Environmental science is a holistic subject with many interconnected systems and processes. You will develop an understanding of how human society relies upon natural systems for resources and life support systems.

FURTHER MATHEMATICS

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

Further Maths is like Maths except that there is more of it and it is more challenging. The course develops and extends the topics covered in the Maths A level.

GEOGRAPHY

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

You will look at the interactions between people and their environments. You will question and understand why, and how, the world is changing through these interactions.

Physics – A Level

A LEVEL

Physics at Marple is in the top 40% of Sixth Form Colleges for progress. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. It’s an exciting and fast moving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in astronomy and particle physics.

PSYCHOLOGY

A LEVEL

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It is about understanding people. It is about understanding yourself. Psychology as a subject is like a jigsaw, and each piece of the jigsaw represents a different type of psychology.

SOCIOLOGY

A level (OCR)

This is an exciting, very modern course that will give students a deeper understanding of the world around them and allow reflection on social issues relevant to their own social experiences