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Science In Society at The New Sixth Bath

Course description

Students explore a wide variety of science topics, some of which are not normally available at school. We investigate the ways in which scientists work: using theories, evidence and sheer human creativity to unlock the mysteries of the universe, from the largest to the smallest. We also explore how science changes society in the past, present and future, and how scientists strive to keep ourselves and our planet fit for the future. Students who take this course will develop the skills to think creatively and to research effectively.

AS Level:

Unit 1: We look at key theories: germ theory, evolution and theories of the universe, and the evidence for them. We explore how science and society influence each other, especially in issues of health and medicine.

Unit 2: Students do two coursework projects which they choose to fit their own interests. One is a topical issue at the cutting edge of science, which they investigate in depth. The other is a review of a science book of their choice.

A2 Level:

Unit 3: We explore key scientific issues at the boundaries of science. One focus is on the human brain and behaviour: how the brain works; human personality - nature or nurture; and chemicals and the mind. The other focus is upon our future and that of the planet: energy futures; sustaining the variety of life on Earth; and responding to climate change.

Unit 4: Case study of a scientific issue in depth; a different issue each year, for which the information is supplied by the exam board in advance of the exam, and which students can prepare for.

Entry requirements

Students will be interested in the big issues which science can help us to understand; from climate change to how the brain works (A2), from personal health to how the universe will end (AS). They may want to keep up an Interest in science if they are not doing other science A Levels, or they may aim to work in a science-based career and want to see the bigger picture in which science is set. They will either have at least a grade B in a science GCSE, or at least grade D at AS Level in this subject in Year 11.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The New Sixth Bath directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The New Sixth is located at the southern gateway to the World Heritage City of Bath with beautiful views towards the Severn estuary and over Bath. Access to the Sixth Form is easy as it is on main bus routes and next to the Bath Park and Ride terminus making it an easy destination for students.