The Sciences pathway allows you to select from the following A Level subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths (AS), Psychology or Physics. You will choose 4 subjects to study at AS Level in your first year, and continue with 3 subjects at A2 in your second year.
Additional A Level subjects are available in partnership with Hounslow schools. Please ask for details when you apply.
Qualification: GCE A Levels
Level: Level 3
Timetable: This is a full time programme of study of under 16 hours per week. You will receive your timetable when you enrol.
Start Date: 10 September 2012Fees:
Home fee for 2012-13 for a full-time programme of A Levels, £1260 tuition plus exam fees and college registration fee.
This course may be free if you are aged under 19, or you are in receipt of an active benefit (e.g. JSA and ESA). Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.
You should have at least 5 appropriate GCSEs at grades A*-B (a GCSE in your home or first language, except English, does not count as one of the 5 qualifying GCSEs). You will also need Grade B in Maths, Grade B in each of the sciences you intend to take at AS Level, and a Grade C in English language. If English is not your first language, you should have an IGCSE Grade C in English language or a literacy qualification at Level 2.
If you do not achieve these grades, we recommend that you study our very successful BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied or Forensic Science (equivalent to 3 A Levels).
If you have a grade C in maths, you will be asked to sit an entrance test to confirm you are suitable for the course. If you have achieved a minimum of a double B grade in the double award in science, your application may be considered. Certain subjects may have additional entry requirements. Please see individual course factsheets for details.
If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AS Level course comprises 4 AS Level subjects. For the Sciences pathway you may choose from physics, chemistry, biology, maths or further maths. You will pursue these subjects through to the first year examinations in May and June, after which you will choose your 3 strongest subjects to continue into the second year of study.
The A Level programme includes weekly group tutorials and regular one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor. You will be taught in well resourced classrooms and have access to a library stocked with a wide range of books, magazines, and tapes, plus computers linked to the internet. You will be expected to purchase personal resources to support your learning, including textbooks in each subject and relevant equipment such as lab coats for science students. You can apply for financial help to purchase the books and equipment you need.
“I absolutely love Science, so the A Level Science Pathway was the perfect route for me. The laboratories here are unbelievable and the topics are really interesting, especially neurology which is fascinating. I hope to study for a PhD in Biology and know that West Thames College will help towards making that happen."