At Lincoln UTC we believe science is a subject every student should enjoy regardless of ability, therefore all students are taught ‘triple’ science in mixed ability groups. Exam results have been increasing year on year. Our students achieve broadly in line with national averages with 9-1 and 9-4 significantly above AQA national average for GCSE science. In their recent report, Ofsted highlighted that both the progress made by pupils and the quality of teaching is particularly strong within the science department.
We offer many extension and enrichment opportunities, for example, the UTCs close links with the University of Lincoln allow students to utilise their state of the art facilities to analyse products using infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and H NMR/C NMR. Each year a selection of students will also compete in the biology, chemistry and physics British Olympiads, designed to challenge and stimulate pupils with an interest in science to expand and extend their talents. In 2019, all students involved were rewarded with a Silver, Bronze, or Commendation certificate.
Our staffing team consists of five scientists and one technician, all working within their specialist areas to give students at all levels expert tuition. Class sizes are small compared to many schools and colleges in the country, which promotes a strong relationship with the students and personalised support.
At KS4, we follow the AQA chemistry, biology and physics courses and students are awarded a GCSE for each. Students can expect nine science lessons per week; three for each specialism. With five well equipped labs, practical work is at the heart of science at Lincoln UTC. Often students will have the opportunity to use A Level equipment at GCSE level, to further enhance their scientific skills and knowledge. Students are assessed regularly and targeted intervention is provided from the very beginning of the year.
In KS5, we offer A Levels in biology, chemistry and physics. For each subject students can expect five lessons a week at AS and six lessons a week for A2 studies. In 2018/19 we achieved a 100% pass rate for all A Level sciences, and a 100% success rate for practical endorsements. In addition, we deliver the physics units of the L3 BTEC Engineering qualification.
Why Study Biology?
Simply put, biology is the scientific study of life, and just like life, biology is a rich and diverse field of study. Just like the living organisms it focuses on, biology is versatile and ever-changing making it a study subject that is full of excitement, beauty and wonder. Biologists study life at various levels, from the tiniest of cells, and organisms to entire ecosystems. Studying biology promises students an exciting and rich study career with a wide array of opportunities to study what you love.
Why Study Chemistry?
Chemistry is sometimes known as the "central science" because it helps to connect physical sciences, like maths and physics, with applied sciences, like biology, medicine and engineering. Chemists conduct experiments to study how elements work in different conditions, test how they mix, and work out what they are made up of right down to the tiniest particle. The results can be ground-breaking, colourful, explosive, or almost impossible to see. Chemistry helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills. It helps to you challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning.
Why Study Physics?
Physicists look for all the hidden laws that explain why all matter (that’s every physical thing) and energy in the known universe exists, where it comes from and how it behaves the way it does. The goal of physics is to understand how things work from first principles. Studying physics will reveal to you the mathematical beauty of the universe at scales ranging from subatomic to cosmological. Studying physics strengthens quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills that are valuable in areas beyond physics.