Curriculum

Curriculum

Studying Science and Maths A Levels in Cornwall?

If you are choosing to study Science and Maths A Levels in Cornwall, we believe you cannot choose a better place to study than Cornwall School of Mathematics and Science. Here is some more information on the courses on offer.

Remember, as we are part of the VI Form Academy you also have access to a wide range of A Levels and other qualifications which can compliment your studies at CSMS. For the full list of available subjects you can take, check out the VI Form Academy website.

Mathematics and Further Maths

At CSMS Maths is one of the most popular subjects to choose as an A Level.

Our results are exceptional: 100% of students achieved A*-B in Further Maths A-Level, and 93% of students achieved A*-B in Maths A-Level in 2018.

The qualifications we offer are:

A level Mathematics – this includes work on the core ideas of algebra, trigonometry and calculus as well as mechanics and statistics.

A level Further Mathematics – this includes work on the core ideas of matrices and complex numbers as well as the study of decision mathematics and further mechanics or statistics.

A-Level Computer Science

This modern qualification gives an insight into a range of computing systems, including an understanding of the principles of programming and the solving of problems. The course will prepare students for university courses in computing /computer science, or for work in the ICT industry. Many researchers in top universities benefit from advanced coding skills.

“Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities. I learned how to fly a hot air balloon when I was 30,000 feet up and my life was in the balance: you can learn skills at any age but why wait when we can teach everyone to code now!”

Richard Branson

A Level Biology

Extend your knowledge of how living things work by following a science A-level course in Biology. Run over two years, this course is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other.

We will nurture your natural interest in the subject and support you to develop the skills needed to succeed in further study and careers in associated fields. It is our intention that students also gain an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject.

The course prepares students who wish to progress into higher education to follow courses in varied areas of Biology and related subjects such as Veterinary sciences, Oceanography, Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences and all medicine related fields.

Practical work is an important part of A-Level biology at CSMS
Students at CSMS get hands on with carefully chosen practical activities designed to further your knowledge and understanding of your subjects.

A Level Chemistry

Extend your knowledge of the behaviour of chemicals and materials by choosing an A Level course in Chemistry.

Run over two years, this course is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and understanding of the 3 key areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic and physical) and how they relate to each other. We will help students to build competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills, whilst supporting their interest and enthusiasm for the subject.

The course fully prepares students who wish to progress into higher education to follow courses in varied areas of Chemistry (e.g. Metallurgy, Pharmacology and Biochemistry), and related subjects.

A Level Physics

Physics is a fascinating A-level, often seen as the most fundamental of the natural sciences. The topics range from the study of the sub-atomic particles of the quantum world to the massive stars in the universe. Principally the course researches the interaction of matter and energy and predicting how they control the world we live in.

Studying Physics A Level gives you the knowledge and understanding to begin seeing and interpreting the daily influence of complex forces and phenomena and would complement other studies in the fields of science and medicine, along with demonstrating a breadth of interest and ability to succeed in the most demanding higher education courses or careers.