Welcome to Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology
Welcome to Cambridge Academy for Science and Technoloy
Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology (CAST) offers students aged 13-19 a science and technology education that ensures successful careers. As well as satisfying their own aspirations, students contribute to the development of the UK economy.
Situated in the heart of Cambridge’s Biomedical campus, the college is surrounded by world-leading academic and commercial organisations which sponsor, support and contribute to the life and work of the college. CAST delivers an outstanding educational experience which gives its students a head start in their future careers.
The college provides unique opportunities for students to develop their interests in science and technology. They work in state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, learning in innovative and exciting ways, supported by CAST’s unique partnerships with world-class research, development and production organisations.
Business employees direct so-called ‘Challenge’ projects which engage and stretch the students, introducing them to real and relevant experiences of the world of work. Students enhance their employability skills through a work experience that is highly relevant to their and any employers’ future needs.
The post-16 curriculum offers students the flexibility to choose from either a BTEC Level 3 Science Extended Diploma or A Levels chosen from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Computing, Psychology, Environmental Science. Whichever programme they choose, they will spend a day a week involved in 'Challenge' Projects.
CAST is part of Cambridge Academic Partnership. These are a group of small successful colleges located in the centre and south of the city of Cambridge. CAST is also supported by the Baker Dearing Trust as a University Technical College (UTC).
Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is based in a new £10 million state-of-the-art building in Robinson Way – at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The college is a centre of excellence for Science and Technology education, offering an innovative learning programme developed in close partnerships with a wide range of leading STEM employers.
The relatively small size of the College, in comparison to many others, and exceptional links to business and academia means that we are able to provide a very personal level of education both supporting and challenging all of our students. This means that students have exceptional skills and experience when it comes to applying for university, apprenticeships or work. Our sixth form is very vibrant providing many opportunities for students to engage with a wide range of extra activities, including sports, ski trip, community events (such as the Cambridge Science Festival) and curriculum specific trips both to local universities and companies, as well as further afield, for example to CERN.
In addition to sxith form opportunities we are also recruiting students to begin courses in year 9, as well as in year 10. This is so that students who currently attend schools where GCSE courses start in year 9 will have the opportunity to transfer across at that point. Those starting with us in year 9 will begin their GCSE study by following a foundation course. This will involve all the preparation required to give students a ‘head start’ in GCSE programmes so that when they start their GCSE specification courses in year 10 they are already confident and ahead in their studies.
The three-storey building in Robinson Way, Cambridge, adjacent to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, contains sector-leading facilities including a lecture theatre and five super labs – three of which can be joined together to emulate large-scale research conditions., high qulaity computing facilities and specielist laboratories. Students also have access to a café, break-out zones and chill out areas.
Students have access to a wide range of enrichment activities, including tutorials, citizenship, communication skills and sport – all designed to improve learning experience and enhance employability skills.
As a specialist STEM college, all sixth form students study highly demanding Science and Maths courses. Results are strong with 45% grades in these subjects at A*-B. Almost 20% A Level students achieved at least three 'A' grades. BTEC Applied Science results grades are also encouraging with 100% of students achieving at least 3 passes. Notable successes in the A*-C grade boundaries are in Further Maths (80%), Maths (65%), Biology (89%), Chemistry (80%). At Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology students also have the opportunity to take part in "real-world" projedts delivered by top science and technology companies. The skills students achieve is reflected in the results of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) where 47% of the grades are A*-A.
Destinations of the students are very impressive, with over 70% going on to university to study STEM courses ranging from Medicine to Finance and Cybersecurity. There is no doubt that the additional project work that students undertake with local companies supports success with degree and work applications.
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