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Science - KS5

CHEMISTRY A LEVEL - COURSE OVERVIEW

The A level chemistry course covers three main areas - physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.  All areas of the course have practicals and analysis and many areas have a significant amount of mathematics. It is a very interesting course which builds on GCSE knowledge as well as introduces new concepts.

COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT

Chemistry is found in all sciences and impacts on every aspect of our lives. It is an essential course for those wishing to study medicine and veterinary medicine. It is a subject that is valued by many university courses and is an invaluable bank of knowledge for any science profession.

In Y12 we extend the AQA GCSE study of atomic structure moles and bonding, introduce physical and inorganic Chemistry and embark on an organic Chemistry Unit. Two modular exams are sat in the first year based on AS content. During Year 13 we extend this work to include dynamic equilibria, kinetics, redox and further organic work. 

Twelve required practicals are carried out, six in each year, as well as extra practical work to support the learning of the course content. 

WHAT NEXT?

Studying Chemistry A Level could lead to a career in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Medicine, Forensic Science, Dentistry, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering and Veterinary Medicine. It is a highly regarded A-Level for all University courses due to its complexity and its analytical and mathematical skills.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Students require 5 GCSE's 9-5. Two good level 5 in Science, 6 in Maths and English. AS Chemistry lasts one year, with two exams at the end (each 1.5 hours). A level Chemistry lasts two years, with all three exams (each 2 hours) at the end of the second year. At least 15% of the marks are based on what is learned in practicals.

BIOLOGY - COURSE OVERVIEW

Biology is the study of life, from the molecular level, through cells and organisms to populations and ecosystems.

CONTENT

Biological Molecules

Composition and function of the fundamental molecules of life. Understanding the structure of essential biological molecules, how they are synthesized and their importance in biological processes.

Cells

Cells and their function in producing and transporting biological molecules. Specialised cells and their role in the immune, nervous and endocrine Systems. 

DNA and the Genetic Code

Structure and replication of DNA and RNA synthesis. Genetic mutation, gene expression and the effect of epigenetics. Gene technology and therapy including amplification and recombination techniques.

Exchange and Transport Systems

Structure and function of biological exchange systems and surfaces. Study of the respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive systems of animals and the transport system in plants.

Bioenergetics

The process of respiration and photosynthesis and the biological molecules involved. Study of the movement of energy and nutrients through ecosystems and their productivity.

Inheritance

Studying patterns of inheritance and the effect of genes. Population genetics, variation, selection and speciation.

Ecosystems

Study of dynamic relationships within ecosystems, population size, succession and conservation.

ASSESSMENT

 Assessment is via terminal exams at the end of Year 13. There are three exams, each lasting two hours. In addition there is a continual assessment of practical and analytical skills that is Pass/Fail but is not connected to the overall examination grade.

WHAT NEXT?

One of the most popular A-level courses, Biology attracts students studying a wide range of other subjects and opens up many career options. Biology is required for Medicine, Dentistry and many other health and clinical professions. Students often go on to study related degree courses such as Marine Biology, Forensic Science and Environmental Sciences. As an academic course, the study of A Level Biology also facilitates entry to many other unrelated courses or degrees.

Whatever field you choose to study further, A-level Biology a rewarding and challenging course which develops a wide range of desirable skills relatable to any future career.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Students require at least 5 GCSE's 9-5, two of these must be in Science. We also require a Grade 6 in both Maths and English.

APPLIED HUMAN BIOLOGY - BTEC Extended Certificate - Equivalent to 1 A Level

 

PHYSICS (Edexcel) GCE A LEVEL

COURSE OVERVIEW

Students of A level Physics will gain an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and will develop skills in designing and executing experiments.  You will also develop an appreciation of the importance of Physics in a social, philosophical, economic and industrial context.  Students are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills developed throughout the course.  Students will also be expected to analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of scientific information, ideas and evidence.

COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT

The course is linear and consists of 12 units which can be viewed in the specification.  The foundation principles of energy and forces are taught and then applied in topics such as electricity, materials, cosmology, quantum and particle physics.  The aim of the course is to improve knowledge and understanding of many areas of physics as well as to develop skills in various scientific methods.  It is hoped that you will develop an appreciation of the role and contribution of physics to society.

There will be three exams at the end of the course, two of which are 1 hour 45 minutes testing specific aspects of the syllabus and one of 2 hours 30 minutes assessing general practical principles.  There are also 16 required practical’s which must be completed to achieve a science practical endorsement certificate.

WHAT NEXT?

A physics qualification opens doors to a variety of jobs and courses.  All the technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of Physics, so if you are considering working in any area related to technology from Music to Medicine, or Lasers to Law – studying Physics is an essential first step.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Students require 5 GCSE's 9-5 including 2 good level 5s in Combined or Separate Science and a good level 6 in English and Maths.

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