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**CHEMISTRY:**

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge.

There are six units in the full A-level – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. The remaining two units are internal assessments of investigative and practical skills. There are two routes for internal assessment: teacher-marked. This provides flexibility to meet the needs of schools and colleges and their students.

Following on from GCSE Science or Chemistry, this specification offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and the opportunity for independent progression in Science.

**PHYSICS:**

A-level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and to study optional topics that particularly interest them – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics.

There are six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. There are two units assessing investigative and practical skills. These can be completed via a teacher-assessed or examiner-assessed route.

A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Physics GCSE and is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent.

**BIOLOGY:**

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. It offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and opportunity for independent progression from GCSE Science or Biology.

There are a total of six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by written exam. Two units assess investigative and practical skills which can be marked by schools, colleges or by Ahnaf Academy

This specification allows all students to show what they can do, as well as being suitable for those looking for a challenge.

A-level Biology builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent. Students who study A-level Biology may go on to a Biology-related degree course.

**MATHEMATICS:**

A-level Maths provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas.

A-level Maths is made up of six units – three at AS and three at A2. All units are available in the June series. There are four Pure Core units which make up two-thirds of the qualification and provide the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus that form the fundamental building blocks of the subject.

Mathematical applications make up the remaining third of the qualification and there are various options to suit the needs of individual students.

The applications fall into three strands:

**decision**– networks, algorithms, sorting**mechanics**– forces, energy, motion**statistics**– probability, data handling, testing hypotheses.

Students can focus on one strand or study a mixture of any two.

All units are of equal weighting and are assessed by an exam of 1 hour 30 minutes. Statistics 1 has optional coursework worth 25 per cent of the unit with an accompanying exam of 1 hour 15 minutes sat in June.

A-level Maths provides a foundation for further studies in a variety of subjects including Science and Engineering.