Science forms part of the core curriculum for all students in their first three years at Ampleforth.

In Year 9 science subjects, our students start the IGCSE Science courses and are taught in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons.
In Years 10 and 11 students will either follow the Edexcel IGCSE Science  (Double Award)   course or the Edexcel Triple Science IGCSE course (Biology, Physics and Chemistry). In both cases, students are taught in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons.

In the Sixth Form, courses are available in A level Biology, A level Chemistry and A level Physics.

IGCSE Science

Two routes exist for the study of IGCSE Science at Ampleforth:

a) IGCSE Science (Double Award)
This course aims to develop ‘scientifically literate citizens’. The course is taught in core science time and has less content (the scientific facts that you have to learn) than the separate sciences (detailed below). Students taking this course will sit examinations, administered by Edexcel Click here to access the relevant part of the Edexcel website where you will find past papers and the specification.

b) Separate IGCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (‘Triple Award’)
The IGCSE course provided by Edexcel covers a broader platform from which to progress to A level science courses in the Sixth Form. Potential Sixth Form Scientists should seriously consider this option, as recent research suggests those who follow the IGCSE route are more likely to achieve the higher grades at A level. In order to follow this course, students should opt for Extra Science in the relevant Option block.
Students taking this course will sit the following examinations, administered by Edexcel (the web-links will take you to the relevant part of the Edexcel website where you will find past papers and the specification):


Biology - Syllabus 2017 (Draft)

Chemistry - Syllabus 2017 (Draft)

Physics - Syllabus 2017 (Draft)