Ashbourne students get a thorough grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the course we offer, allowing them the opportunity to continue any of these subjects at A level. Students explore a wide range of topics within each subject, receive plenty of practical experience and discuss pressing global issues related to science.
Students learn how to answer all types of exam-style questions from short answers and source based stimulus response to essays and techniques in preparing for and answering compulsory questions. They also get regular exam-condition practice.
Our small class sizes and attention to individual student’s needs enables everyone to keep pace and reach their full potential.
Why study Science
Studying science is one of the few subjects that allows you to truly open your eyes (and have a peak at how they work), blow things up (preferably in the lab under supervision) and feel the force (of the physical universe). It offers you the chance to examine and analyse the world around and within you, see how ideas and inventions have come about and changed over time, and explore ways science may shape our future, from carbon sequestering and energy creation, fighting bacteria and preventing ageing to artificial intelligence and space travel.
Which syllabus do we follow?
Ashbourne follows the Edexcel syllabus for IGCSE Science double award.
What is covered in this course?
This course covers a broad range of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as outlined in the table below. Students will sit a final exam (2 hours) for each science.
Structure and functions in living organisms
Reproduction and inheritance
Ecology and the environment
Use of biological resources
Energy resources and energy transfer
Solids, liquids and gases
Magnetism and electromagnetism
Radioactivity and particles
Who teaches this course?
MSc Learning and Teaching (Oxford), PGCE Chemistry (Oxford), BSc (Hons) Physiotherpy (UEL), BSc (Hons) Physiology, Sports Science and Nutrition (with Chemistry) (Glasgow)
Amjad Shah has been helping Ashbourne students achieve great results for many years. As well as GCSE Science he also teaches A level Chemistry and is a Personal Tutor for year 12 students.
Before training to become a teacher Amjad worked for various London NHS trusts as a Chartered Physiotherapist.
BSc Physiology (University of Pretoria, SA); PGCE Natural Sciences, Secondary Education (University of South Africa); BEd (Hons) Natural Science Education (University of South Africa)
Lindsay has been teaching natural sciences since 2010, mostly in South Africa, as well as mentoring new staff and engaging in school governance. Lindsay teaches A level Biology and GCSE Science at Ashbourne. She also enjoys taking part in the wider activities of school life including events, clubs and sports.
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Southampton University)
Mark has been teaching since 2011 and was head of Biology at his previous college. He teaches Biology and GCSE Science at Ashbourne.