Subject guides

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What is Biology?

Biology offers students the opportunity to study a wide range of interesting topics, from the intricate details of cell structure and biochemistry to entire ecosystems. Animals, plants and micro-organisms are all considered in terms of the workings of their cells, evolution, genetics, behaviour; with consideration of how they can be used to benefit humankind through biotechnology. Current concerns about human impact on the Earth are explored along with the challenges of maintaining bio-diversity and sustainably managing the environment.

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What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of materials based on the properties of atoms and the way that these atoms can be combined. Without chemistry, there could not have been any new drug development, new dyes, agrochemicals, plastics, computers or spacecraft. We would have a much poorer understanding of the world, from the way that our bodies work, to the effects on the environment of human activity. Chemistry is at the cutting edge of new technology.

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What is French?

It's very likely that you studied French at GCSE, indeed many colleges will require it for you to study the A-level so I'm sure you think you know what studying A-Level languages is like. However, A-Level languages are interesting as you get to study not only the language, but the culture, history and current affairs of the French speaking world. 

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What is Business Studies?

Business Studies is about understanding how businesses are set up and how to make successful decisions in a changing business world. We are all affected by the decisions businesses make and Business Studies is about learning how important it is to: control costs and maximise sales; employ the right people; make excellent products; ensure we know our markets and make our customers aware of our products. From the beginning of a business start-up, to the challenges faced by large multinational corporations, the course is applied to the real world today and the products we buy.

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What is Economics?

Economics studies the problem of scarce resources alongside the unlimited desires of humans and society and is studied from two perspectives. Microeconomics deals with how markets work to set prices and how economies deal with failures of the market mechanism, whilst macroeconomics deals with the wider economic problems faced by government such as achieving economic growth and managing inflation. In understanding the basics of economics you can then apply this to the wider political and social environment and understand their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena.

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What is History?

History is the study of past events, through ever-changing and varied sources which may be viewed in different ways. Many issues in the news today have historical roots so that studying history will help you to understand the modern world. This makes it a lively and provocative subject to study, full of issues and arguments, investigating past politics, societies, cultures, languages, health, art, education, money, conflicts, looking at how things have developed over time and how we got to where we are today. If you’re interested in people and their lives in the past, then history is a good choice for you.