STEM at New College

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects are vital to the British economy - studies have shown that students who take these find it easier to get jobs and have a higher earning potential than others.

STEM subjects offered include tradional A Levels in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Computer Science as well as vocational and applied courses in ICT, Engineering and Science.  Many of our STEM students also complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) researching a topic of interest for their project. We also deliver Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeships.  In Summer 2018, the percentage of entries achieving grades A*-B at A Level for each STEM subject was as follows:-

  • Biology: 43%
  • Chemistry: 40%
  • Maths: 50%
  • Further Maths: 58%
  • Physics: 53%

In our vocational Engineering qualification, 76% entries achieved a High-level Distinction (D*) or Distinction (D).

Our STEM facilities support the work of our highly qualified tutors and technical staff. There are nine well-equipped and modern science labs including two new Physics Labs. We use sophisticated data-logging equipment which allows results of experiments to be displayed on screen in real time as well as state of the art equipment such as melting-point apparatus, mass spectroscopy equipment and colorimeters.

Able students are supported to take part in residentials run by Villiers Park in Cambridge to give then a taste of science beyond the A Level specification.  Our Maths, Physics and Biology Olympiad competitors have been very successful. In October 2017, Naomi Hope, a second-year student, was one of only ten girls (out of 1700+) to achieve 100% in the National Mathematical Olympiad.

Students are also involved in our annual STEM Day which brings in local school pupils and external organisations for an exciting day of talks, events and demonstrations. We have also had students involved in the Sutton Trust summer schools and Nuffield Research placements including a research trip to the Dead Sea. 

Talks, visits and trips have included the following:

  • Institute of Physics Talk
  • Rutherford Laboratory Master classes
  • Visit to Diamond Light Facility
  • Chemistry trip to a Pyrotechnics lecture at Bristol University
  • Involvement in HISparc project detecting cosmic rays
  • Biology visit to Bristol Zoo with sessions on Classification and Animal Behaviour
  • Intel Education Summit showcasing a student project developed using the Intel Galileo project

Our Medical Health Package helps students to prepare for university applications for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine and to sit the UK Cat and BMAT selection tests.   

With our courses and facilities, experienced staff and exciting opportunities, New College offers the whole package to get you off to a great start on your STEM career path.