NEWTON A-LEVEL SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
The best preparation for a medical or science degree at a top university.
Get the best preparation for a medical or science degree at a top university, including practical use of UEA's state-of-the art science labs as part of your learning.
Newton A-levels include a range of unique enhancement activities created to boost your success at university and beyond.
WHAT WILL I STUDY ?
All students study Mathematics to AS-level, and take (P1) Pure Mathematics and either (M1) Mechanics or (S1) Probability and Statistics.
Most students will continue Mathematics to full A-level.
The CIE Chemistry syllabus covers: atoms, molecules and stoichiometry; atomic structure; chemical bonding; states of matter; chemical energetics; electrochemistry; equilibria; reaction kinetics, inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; and applications of chemistry.
The CIE Biology syllabus covers: cell structure; biological molecules; enzymes; cell membranes and transport; cell and nuclear division; genetic control; transport; gas exchange; infectious disease; immunity; ecology; energy and respiration; photosynthesis; regulation and control; inherited change; selection and evolution; biodiversity and conservation; gene technology; biotechnology; crop plants; and aspects of human reproduction.
In addition to the key subjects above you'll also study a programme of English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills.
Optional A-level subjects on this pathway:
The CIE Physics A-level syllabus covers: general physics (physical quantities and units, measurement techniques); Newtonian mechanics; matter; oscillations and waves; electricity and magnetism; modern physics (charged particles, quantum physics, nuclear physics); and gathering and communicating information (direct sensing and remote sensing).
AS-level subjects: cognitive, social, developmental and physiological psychology; and psychology of individual differences. At A-level, students will study how psychology is applied in two of the following areas: education; health; the environment; abnormality; and organisations.
Further Mathematics is only available to students who will study Mathematics to full A-level. The CIE Further Mathematics A-level syllabus is divided into two parts – (Paper 1) Pure Maths and (Paper 2) Mechanics and Statistics. Please note: Further Mathematics is not available for study to AS-level.
NEWTON A-LEVEL PROGRAMME ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
In addition to your academic study, you will be provided with an enrichment programme tailored to your needs and progression plans.
Global Perspectives is taught as a series of seminars that encourages students to explore real-world challenges that will face them as young people in the modern world – wherever they may live and work. All students will choose a particular area of interest to explore and present to their peers. Topics include: Practical Ethics, Economics, Environment and Technology. This course provides excellent preparation for undergraduate study by developing independent thinking, and gives you the opportunity to engage in open debate and research on your own topic.
English Language Support lessons will be targeted to the needs of individual students and will improve your spoken English and academic writing. In Year 2, specific support is given to those students requiring IELTS at high level for degree study. INTO University of East Anglia is now a certified IELTS test centre. Students needing to take an IELTS test for university entry will be able to take the test on-site.
All students will join a tutorial group which meets once a week. Activities within the tutor group are focused on developing students’ interpersonal and communication skills. Additionally, students will have one-to-one tutorials with their Personal Tutor throughout the course.
Students are supported throughout the university application process. They will have the option to attend medical ethics workshops and discuss important topics in the medical world, which are often included in Medical School interviews. Additional preparation sessions are available for those students taking the UKCAT, BMAT, PAT, LNAT and STEP tests. Visiting academics will give lectures on interview techniques and students will have the opportunity to talk to current university students about their own experiences.
Academic assessment and supervision
Your academic progress will be closely monitored by your teachers and personal tutor, using information such as homework marks, class tests and mock exams. They will offer you guidance and advice on producing assessed work of the highest standard.
We provide a settling-in report to students and parents during the first term, and then a report at the end of each term. The reports cover student academic performance in class and examinations, and also on attitude and aptitude.
Homework and test preparation
Regular homework is compulsory and you will be expected to spend at least as many hours each week in private study as you do in the classroom.
Examination practice is an essential part of A-level study and will build your confidence as you develop your exam technique. Your teachers will help you understand the style of CIE examination questions, and you will have extensive practice at answering examination questions under timed conditions.
In addition to your A-level studies, you will develop your skills as you learn how to write in an academic style. You will also be carefully prepared to express yourself in interviews you can expect at the UK's top universities and medical schools, including Oxford and Cambridge.
If you intend to study medicine
You will be allocated a dedicated personal tutor who will guide you through the medical school application process, including UKCAT and BMAT tests.
You will be given extensive preparation for medical school interviews, including practice sessions with medical school academics.
Students applying to most UK medical or dental schools must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). In addition, those planning to apply to medicine at Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford or UCL (and the Royal Veterinary College) must also take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
We will make arrangements for you to take the tests, help you prepare for them and take you to the test venue. Both tests are taken nearby in Norwich - UKCAT in September and BMAT in early November.
Newton A-level Programme candidates must demonstrate potential for entry to top-ranked universities, such as to Oxford, Cambridge and the US Ivy League or medical schools.
For entry on to the programme you must have completed your education to year 11 level.
6 GCSE passes at grade B or above, or equivalent.
6 GCSE passes at grade A or A* (Newton Scholars)
5-term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and no subskill part less than 5.0), or equivalent.
6-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with no subskill part less than 5.0), or equivalent.
Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent for entry on to both the 5 and 6-term programmes.
You must be aged 16 or over at the start of the programme.
DATES & FEES
Start date: 23 Sept 2019
Tuition fees: £49,295
Start date: 6 Jan 2020
Tuition fees: £41,080
Tuition fees include textbooks, laboratory materials, field trips and excursions, and exam fees (not including IEALS or UKCAT if required). Tuition fees do not include:
Enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
What's the difference between the 5 and 6-term programme?
Similar academic content is taught on both programmes, however the pace of the six-term programme is slightly gentler than that of the five-term programme. Students on the six-term programme have more time to settle into ‘Newton life’ and will also receive additional teaching time in all subjects during their first year of study, with an emphasis on study skills and laboratory skills.
SCHOLARSHIPS for 2019 - 20 Academic year
Top A and A* grade students may be eligible to become a Newton Scholar and receive up to 50% tuition scholarship.
Newton Science progression scholarships
Every Newton A-level Programme student successfully progressing to the Faculty of Science at the University of East Anglia will receive a 20% tuition fee scholarship for each year of study.
Please note that Medicine is not part of the Faculty of Science, therefore students progressing to Medicine are not eligible to receive this award.
How to apply
To be eligible for a Newton A-level Programme scholarship you must first apply for the programme and receive an offer.
Once you have received an offer you can contact your local representative or INTO Newton A-level Programme directly to start the process.
All scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, taking into consideration high school grades, English language level, online mathematics test results, and an interview.
INTO CENTRE RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation has a range of benefits including:
Spacious, single study bedrooms with en suite shower room.
Free wireless internet access.
Modern communal kitchens with cooking and food storage facilities.
Bed linen changed fortnightly.
Room cleaned once per week.
Assistance from INTO residential wardens.
Dedicated A-level study room.
Access to nearby laundry facilities.
All Newton A-level Programme students enjoy their breakfast and either lunch or dinner in our very own restaurant, which is open seven days a week.