Science Academy

What is the Science Academy?

The Science Academy is for those students who are committed to a career in Science and want to develop essential skills further and their experiences.  The programme will provide you with greater opportunities that will help you be more prepared for university. It forms part of the College’s AQA Baccalaureate programme. You will study two or more Science/Mathematics subjects at A Level (i.e. two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics).

Is there an entry requirement?

Students are expected to have 5 or more A/A*/7,8 or 9 equivalent grades at GCSE and should be studying at least two sciences at A Level. Exceptions are made for students who show a great commitment to their studies and achieve at a very high level.

What you can expect?

  • Achieve the AQA Baccalaureate award, which allows you to obtain the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Attend a range of master classes as part of a North West consortium of colleges, in association with Cambridge University
  • Be involved in laboratory practical activities at a local university
  • Visit Oxford and Cambridge Universities
  • Undertake a six-week research project culminating in a presentation
  • Visits to science-related organisations and museums
  • One-to-one coaching to achieve A/A* grades
  • Coaching and mock interviews for Oxbridge applications
  • Opportunity for internships

What kind of activities or opportunities do we offer?

This year

  • Biotechnology and nanotechnology business development – Students were given an insight into how a scientific idea can lead to a profitable business,  Students designed a new product, researched it and developed it into a business that can make a profit.  They then presented their ideas in a dragon’s den style format.  This gave students the opportunity to develop their ideas and explore new areas of science based in the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology.
  • Research Project – Students had the opportunity to design their own experimental research.  Students designed their own plan, considered a risk assessment for their work, made decisions on the materials they  required and carried out practical work.  Students then evaluated and carried out further research before  reporting their final findings. This was an excellent opportunity for students to work within a small team and develop essential skills in preparation for university.
  • Nuffield Research Placements – Students attended the celebration event for this year’s Nuffield Placements.  We had one student who had a placement and had done some excellent research which she was displaying and receiving her award for.  Students taken to the event had the opportunity to talk to leading university academics, employers and the students who were displaying their work.  Science students are supported in applying for their own placements.  
  • Future developments include a medical society for students interested in going to work within the NHS and studying related degrees including medicine.

To find out more or ask a questions email syates@bolton-sfc.ac.uk