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Science

Science is by far one of the most fascinating and rewarding subjects that can be studied.  We aim to inspire, challenge, and enthuse pupils by empowering them with knowledge about How Science Works to assist them in applying this to the world around them.

At St. Gregory’s, we have 10 scientists on staff supported by a team of 4 laboratory technicians and an administrative assistant.  We have 9 science laboratories, each fitted with their own Interactive Whiteboard and own computer. 

Our Key Stage 3 students cover most of the National Curriculum.  They explore topics such as cells, life processes, acids, simple chemical reactions, geology, forces, energy, and electricity to name but a few.  Students build upon their knowledge from primary school but also gain from a highly practical approach to learning about Science.   Each student is taught in a banded class in Year 7, 8, and 9, supported by a range of textbooks and differentiated worksheets.  All students are taught Science for 6 hours across the two-week timetable.  Assessment takes place through a variety of means including levelled assessments and end of topic tests.

At Key Stage 4, Year 10 students will begin new GCSE 2016 courses in either: EDEXCEL Separate Sciences (3 GCSE’s for students in 10S1 only), EDEXCEL GCSE Combined Science (2 GCSE’s for students in 10S2 and 10S3 only) or AQA Combined Science: Synergy (2 GCSE’s for students in 10S4-10S7 only).  Year 11 students will complete Legacy GCSES’s of either EDEXCEL Further Additional Science (students in 11S1 only as they completed EDEXCEL Core and Additional Science in Year 10), or EDEXCEL Additional Science (students in 11S2-11S7 only as they completed EDEXCEL Core Science in Year 10).  Each classroom has class sets of a range of textbooks to assist our learners and each student is issued with their own syllabus specific revision guide and workbook.  Pupils are taught in banded groups according to their exam entry and we offer an extensive intervention programme (before and after school revision drop-in clinics as well as some Saturdays) to facilitate pupil learning.

Courses in AQA Biology and Chemistry and EDEXCEL Physics are taught by specialist teachers at AS and A2 in Key Stage 5.  These are very popular courses and year-on-year our results are excellent with many students progressing to Science related degrees at some of the country’s top universities.

As a department, we offer several extra-curricular activities throughout the year including workshops, visits from Imperial INSPIRE students, and trips to the Science Museum.  There are also a number of opportunities for our Gifted and Talented scientists, one of which is attending the Brent Science and Technology Day where St Gregory’s recently placed 1st.  We celebrate National Science Week in style – last year marked a month of science-related activities, the highlight being a 30ft rocket being erected in the school’s playground with talks and demonstrations by a rocket scientist about rocket fuels.

We have a strong partnership with our Primary Partner schools.  Year 6 students visit our department for workshops on circuits and forces and also have access to our pond in the school’s Eco garden. 

 KEY STAGE 3 OVERVIEW

Key Stage 3 Teaching Order

Year 7

Term 1

Chapter 1

Cells – the Building Blocks of Life

Chapter 3

Mixing, Dissolving, and Separating

AP1 November 24th

(Test before then)

End of term exam December 8th

Practical Emphasis

Planning and Measuring

Term 2

Chapter 5

Forces and their Effects

Chapter 2

Eating, Drinking, and Breathing

AP2 March 16th

(Test before then)

Practical Emphasis

Analysis

Term 3

Chapter 4

Elements, Compounds, and Reactions

Chapter 6

Energy Transfers and Sound

End of year exam May 18th

Practical Emphasis

Evaluation

 

Year 8

Term 1

8A – Food and Digestion

8E – Atoms and Elements

 

8J – Magnets and Electromagnets

8F – Compounds and Mixtures

 

8B – Respiration

8K – Light

AP1 January 12th

End of term exam December 8th

Practical Emphasis

Planning and Measuring

Term 2

8I – Heating and Cooling

8C – Microbes and Disease

8G / 8H – Rocks

 

8L – Sound

8D – Ecological Relationships

AP2 March 9th

(Test before then)

Practical Emphasis

Analysis

Term 3

Cover New Syllabus Criteria from Year 7 SOW

Revision

9C – Plants and Photosynthesis

9D – Plants for Food

End of year exam May 18th

Practical Emphasis

Evaluation

 

Year 9

Term 1

9A – Inheritance and Selection

9B – Fit and Healthy

9E – Metals and Metal Compounds

9F – Patterns of Reactivity

9K – Speeding Up

9L – Pressure and Moments

AP1 January 5th

End of term exam December 8th

Practical Emphasis

Planning and Measuring

Term 2

Cover New Syllabus Criteria from Year 7 and Year 8 SOW

9G – Environmental Chemistry

9H – Useful Chemistry

9I – Energy and Electricity

9J – Gravity and Space

AP2 March 16th

(Test before then)

Practical Emphasis

Analysis

Term 3

Revision for SATS

Science Fair Practical Assessment

Start Core

(B1, C1, P1)

SATS Exam

Week of April 27th

Practical Emphasis

Evaluation

 

 

 YEAR 7

In Year 7 students will be developing their science knowledge and learning how to use scientific apparatus.  They will cover a variety of biology, chemistry & physics topics throughout the year.

Topics covered

Term 1: Cells-The building blocks of life; Mixing, Dissolving & Separating

Term 2: Forces & their Effects; Eating, Drinking & Breathing

Term 3: Elements, Compounds & Reactions; Energy Transfers & Sound

Specification

At St Gregory’s Year 7 follow the new National Curriculum programme of study. To access the entire new programme of study follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

Text books used

Each pupil will be issued with a workbook: CGP Key stage 3 Science Book 1.  This may be used in class or for homework tasks.  In class students will use the Collins Key stage 3 Science Student Book 1.

Assessment

During the year students will be assessed both formally and informally.  There will be assessments at the end of each topic, as well as 2 formal exams: At the end of term 1 & the end of the year.

Each term there will be a particular practical element that students will focus on: Term 1 will focus on Scientific Attitudes, Term 2 will look closely at Experimental skills, and Term 3 will go over both of these skills.

Useful websites

Here are a few websites recommended for science revision in year 7:

BBC Bitesize KS3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Skoool.co.uk, Intel STEM resources for KS3: http://inteleducationresources.intel.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=80

Doc Brown’s quizzes: http://www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

YEAR 8 

In Year 8 students will be developing their science knowledge and learning how to use scientific apparatus.  They will cover a variety of biology, chemistry & physics topics throughout the year.

Topics covered

Term 1: Getting the Energy Your Body Needs; Explaining Physical Changes

Term 2: Exploring Contact and Non-Contact Forces; Explaining Chemical Changes

Term 3: Looking at Plants and Ecosystems; Magnetism and Electricity

Specification

At St Gregory’s Year 8 follow the new National Curriculum programme of study. To access the entire new programme of study follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

Text books used

Each pupil will be issued with a workbook: CGP Key stage 3 Science Book 2.  This may be used in class or for homework tasks.  In class students will use the Collins Key stage 3 Science Student Book 2.

Assessment

During the year students will be assessed both formally and informally.  There will be assessments at the end of each topic, as well as 2 formal exams: At the end of term 1 & the end of the year.

Each term there will be a particular practical element that students will focus on: Planning & measuring; Analysing & Evaluating.  This is to ensure students learn key experimental skills.

Useful websites

Here are a few websites recommended for science revision in Year 8:

BBC Bitesize KS3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Skoool.co.uk, Intel STEM resources for KS3: http://inteleducationresources.intel.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=80

Doc Brown’s quizzes: http://www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

 YEAR 9

In Year 9 students will be developing their science knowledge and learning how to use scientific apparatus.  They will cover a variety of biology, chemistry & physics topics throughout the year.

Topics covered

Term 1: Variation for Survival; Obtaining Useful Materials; Motion on Earth and Space

Term 2: Our Health and the Effects of Drugs; Using our Earth Sustainably; Waves and Energy Transfer

Term 3: Revision of KS3, KS£ Science Test, and GCSE Transition Unit

Specification

At St Gregory’s Year 9 follow the new National Curriculum programme of study. To access the entire new programme of study follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

Text books used

Each pupil will be issued with a workbook: CGP Key stage 3 Science Book 3.  This may be used in class or for homework tasks.  In class students will use the Collins Key stage 3 Science Student Book 3.

Assessment

During the year students will be assessed both formally and informally.  There will be assessments at the end of each topic, as well as 2 formal exams: At the end of term 1 & the KS3 science Test written in April.

Each term there will be a particular practical element that students will focus on: Planning & measuring; Analysing & Evaluating.  This is to ensure students learn key experimental skills required for GCSE.

Useful websites

Here are a few websites recommended for science revision in year 9:

BBC Bitesize KS3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Skoool.co.uk, Intel STEM resources for KS3: http://inteleducationresources.intel.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=80

Doc Brown’s quizzes: http://www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

 YEAR 10

GCSE Edexcel Combined

Students in 10S2 and 10S3 will follow GCSE (Edexcel) 9-1 in Combined Science.  Each exam is of equal weighting and will be sat at the end of Year 11 (June 2018).  Exams will cover knowledge, application, analysis, evaluation, alongside practical skills.

GCSE Edexcel (9-1) in Combined Science

Each paper is 1 hour and 10 minutes and worth 60 marks (16 marks will be common to both Higher and Foundation)

Paper 1: Biology 1 (B1)

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology
  • Topic 2 – Cells and control
  • Topic 3 – Genetics
  • Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Topic 5 – Health, disease, and the development of medicine

Paper 2: Biology 2 (B2)

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology
  • Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
  • Topic 7 – Animal co-ordination, control, and homeostasis
  • Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
  • Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 (C1)

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry
  • Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
  • Topic 3 – Chemical changes
  • Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 (C2)

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry
  • Topic 6 – Groups in the Periodic Table
  • Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science

Paper 5: Physics 1 (P1)

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Physics
  • Topic 2 – Motion and forces
  • Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 – Waves
  • Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 – Radioactivity

Paper 6: Physics 2 (P2)

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Physics
  • Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 – Particle model
  • Topic 15 – Forces and matter

 

GCSE Edexcel Separate

Students in 10S1 will follow GCSE (Edexcel) Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  All examinations are to be sat at the end of Year 11 (June 2018) and will be worth 50% each of the overall GCSE.  Exams will cover knowledge, application, analysis, evaluation, alongside practical skills.

GCSE Edexcel (9-1) in Biology

Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes and worth 100 marks (27 marks will be common to both Higher and Foundation)

Paper 1

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology
  • Topic 2 – Cells and control
  • Topic 3 – Genetics
  • Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Topic 5 – Health, disease, and the development of medicine

Paper 2

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology
  • Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
  • Topic 7 – Animal co-ordination, control, and homeostasis
  • Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
  • Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

 

GCSE Edexcel (9-1) in Chemistry

Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes and worth 100 marks (27 marks will be common to both Higher and Foundation)

Paper 1

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry
  • Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
  • Topic 3 – Chemical changes
  • Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Topic 5 – Separate Chemistry 1

Paper 2

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry
  • Topic 6 – Groups in the Periodic Table
  • Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
  • Topic 9 – Separate Chemistry 2

 

GCSE Edexcel (9-1) in Physics

Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes and worth 100 marks (27 marks will be common to both Higher and Foundation)

Paper 1

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Physics
  • Topic 2 – Motion and forces
  • Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 – Waves
  • Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 – Radioactivity
  • Topic 7 – Astronomy

Paper 2

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in Physics
  • Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 11 – Static electricity
  • Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 – Particle model
  • Topic 15 – Forces and matter

 

GCSE AQA Synergy

AQA GCSE (9-1) Combined Science: Synergy

Year 10 sets 10S4, 10S5, 10S6, and 10S7 will follow AQA GCSE (9-1) Combined Science.  All exams will be sat at the end of Year 11 (June 2018) and will be of equal weighting and will include questions on knowledge, application, analysis, evaluation, and practical skills.

Paper 1 – Life and Environmental Sciences

  • Topics 4.1 – 4.4
    • Emphasis on knowledge and application
  • Exam 1 hr 45 min
  • 100 marks
  • 25 % of GCSE

Paper 2 – Life and Environmental Sciences

  • Topics 4.1 – 4.4
    • Emphasis on analysis, evaluation, required practicals
  • Exam 1 hr 45 min
  • 100 marks
  • 25 % of GCSE

Paper 3 – Physical Sciences

  • Topics 4.5 – 4.8
    • Emphasis on knowledge and application
  • Exam 1 hr 45 min
  • 100 marks
  • 25 % of GCSE

Paper 4 – Physical Sciences

  • Topics 4.5 – 4.8
    • Emphasis on analysis, evaluation, required practicals
  • Exam 1 hr 45 min
  • 100 marks
  • 25 % of GCSE

 YEAR 11

At Key Stage 4 St Gregory’s offers a range of GCSE courses using the Edexcel (Pearson) examination board which are tailored to the pathway the students choose to follow.

The available GCSE courses are summarised by the schematic diagram below:

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/GCSE-science-2011/PublishingImages/fas-dia.png

 

BTEC (Level 2) Principles of Applied Science is also currently offered as part of the ‘green’ curriculum pathway. The course comprises of 4 units and is delivered over a period of 2 academic years. Unit 1 is an externally assessed unit covering aspects of physics, chemistry and biology. Units 2, 3 and 4 comprise of internally-assessed assignments in chemistry, physics and biology related topics. BTEC (Level 2) Principles of Applied Science will no longer be offered from September 2015.

Core Science

All pupils take Core Science GCSE exams at either Foundation of Higher Level. Pupils study:

  • Edexcel Core (B1, C1, P1, SCA, 25% each) in Year 10
  • Terminal examinations in Summer term

Additional Science

Additional Science is usually delivered in Year 11. Pupils study:

  • Edexcel Additional Science (B2, C2, P2, ASCA, 25% each) in Year 11
  • Terminal examinations in Summer term

Further Additional Science

Further Additional Science is part of the ‘red’ curriculum pathway. Pupils study:

  • Edexcel Further Additional Science (B3, C3, P3, FASCA, 25% each) in Year 11
  • Terminal examinations in Summer term

Intervention:

St Gregory’s offers intervention sessions for students every week during specific lunch times, after school and also on Saturdays to enable students to practice exam questions and support them during their examinations.

Useful websites:

  1. National Curriculum links:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

  1. EDEXCEL websites:

http://www.edexcel.com/iwantto/Documents/7214_GCSE_June_2015_FINAL_Timetable.pdf

http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20from%202011/UG034971_GCSE_Lin_Science_Issue_3.pdf

  1. EDEXCEL Past Papers:

http://www.cq-uat.onepearson.com/en/support/support-topics/exams/past-papers.html

 BIOLOGY YEAR 12

Year 1 A level / AS level Biology - AQA

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for Year 1 A level / AS level

Grade AB at GCSE Core & Additional Science
or ABB at GCSE Core, Additional  & Further Additional Science
Grade B in GCSE Mathematics
Grade B in GCSE English Language

ENTRY REQUIREMENT for Year 2 A level

Grade C at AS level

COURSE AIMS

During the course you will have opportunities to:

  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the practical skills associated with Biology. 
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other
  • Develop interest in, and enthusiasm for, biology including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject.
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about biology related issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

COURSE CONTENT AS level

The AQA AS specification covers the following core topics:
Biological molecules
Cells
Organisms exchanging substances with their environment
Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms

ASSESSMENT

Students studying AS Biology will sit paper 1 and paper 2 at the end of Year 12.

In addition, all students will have to complete a list of required practical activities. For those going on to Year 2 A level Biology a Practical Lab Book will be compiled as evidence of completion of core experiments. 

WHY BIOLOGY?

In recent years many of our students have studied biology simply because of their interest in living things. Other students want to go on and study at University or enter a related career such as:

MEDICINE PHYSIOTHERAPY VETERINARY SURGEON
DENTISTRY NURSING ZOOLOGY
PHARMACY BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
BIOCHEMISTRY RADIOGRAPHY TEACHING

We attempt to provide a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which students can develop a mature and questioning approach to the subject.  There is a collection of reference books, in addition to the course text books, available for student loan so that essential reading around the subject can take place.  We expect students to spend a minimum of four hours on private study in addition to timetabled lessons. Students are also encouraged to broaden their appreciation of current developments in biology by taking advantage of the many lectures, workshops and exhibitions hosted by established institutions based in London and beyond.

Year 1 AS level Biology will be taught by Dr. Hui and Miss Anandanayagam

 BIOLOGY YEAR 13

A Level Biology – two year course AQA

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for AS and A level

Grade AB at GCSE Core & Additional Science
or ABB at GCSE Core, Additional  & Further Additional Science
Grade B in GCSE Mathematics
Grade B in GCSE English language

ENTRY REQUIREMENT for A level

Grade C at AS level

COURSE AIMS

During the course you will have opportunities to:

  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the practical skills associated with Biology. 
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other
  • Develop interest in, and enthusiasm for, biology including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject.
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about biology related issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

COURSE CONTENT A level

The AQA A level specification covers the following core topics, in addition to those completed in AS level:
Energy transfers in and between organisms
Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
The control of gene expression

ASSESSMENT

Students studying A level Biology will sit paper 1, 2 and 3 at the end of year 13. They will also be required to sit external exams at the end of year 12.

In addition, all students will have to conduct a list of required practical activities and compile a laboratory report book as evidence of completion.

WHY BIOLOGY?

In recent years many of our students have studied biology simply because of their interest in living things. Other students want to go on and study at University or enter a related career such as:

MEDICINE PHYSIOTHERAPY VETERINARY SURGEON
DENTISTRY NURSING ZOOLOGY
PHARMACY AGRICULTURE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
BIOCHEMISTRY RADIOGRAPHY TEACHING

We attempt to provide a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which students can develop a mature and questioning approach to the subject.  There is a collection of reference books, in addition to the course text books, available for student loan so that essential reading around the subject can take place.  We expect students to spend a minimum of four hours on private study in addition to timetabled lessons. Students are also encouraged to broaden their appreciation of current developments in biology by taking advantage of the many lectures, workshops and exhibitions hosted by established institutions based in London and beyond. All students doing A level Biology must attend a one day Ecology course at Amersham Field Studies Centre.

Year 2 A level Biology will be taught by Dr. Hui and Miss Hjiantoniou.

 CHEMISTRY YEAR 12

AS Level Chemistry (AQA)

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENT:-

Additional Award Science and Core Science Award grade A B (Higher)
or Core, addition, further additional Science ABB
GCSE English Language grade B and GCSE Maths grade A (Higher)
Concurrent enrolment with A Level maths is strongly recommended.

COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Some the aims of the AQA AS Level GCE in Chemistry are to develop;

  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

COURSE CONTENT

AS LEVEL

Topics covered include:- Atomic structure, Amount of substance,  Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria, Redox, Periodicity, Group 2, Group 7, Alkanes, Alkenes, Halogeoalkanes, Alcohols and  Organic analysis.

AS ASSESSMENT

External assessment in June;

Paper 1 Inorganic and some physical chemistry 50% of the AS level.

Paper 2 Organic and some physical chemistry 50% of the AS level.

WHY CHEMISTRY?

Chemistry is an exciting, relevant albeit challenging science, which provides answers to everyday questions through a practical and problem solving approach.

A qualification in chemistry can lead to a wide variety of careers.  It is a must if you are thinking of studying dentistry, medicine or chemistry at University and is advantageous for the study of any science or engineering degree. A qualification in chemistry is highly valued and respected by both employers and Universities. It can help you gain entry into the top Universities.

AS level Chemistry will be taught by Ms Casimir, Mr Knights and Mrs Woodhouse

 

Useful weblinks:-

http://www.docbrown.info

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce15/chemistry/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.knockhardy.org.uk/sci.htm

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

https://chemrevise.org/revision-guides/

 CHEMISTRY YEAR 13

A Level (AQA)

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENT:-

Additional Science and Core Science grade A B (Higher)
or Core, addition, further additional Science ABB
GCSE English Language grade B and GCSE Maths grade A (Higher)
Concurrent enrolment with A Level maths is strongly recommended.

To complete the A level course a minimum C grade at AS Chemistry is required.

COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Some of the aims of the AQA Advanced Level GCE in Chemistry are to develop;

  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

COURSE CONTENT

AS topics covered plus the following topics:-

Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Period 3, Transition metals, Aldehydes and ketones, Optical Isomerism, Carboxylic acids and their derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Polymers, Amines, Organic synthesis, NMR and Chromatography.

A LEVEL ASSESSMENT

External assessment in June;

Paper 1:- Inorganic chemistry, practical skills, some physical chemistry and AS topics 35% of the A level

Paper 2:-Organic chemistry, practical skills and some physical chemistry and AS topics 35% of the A level.

Paper 1 & 2 have short and long answer questions worth 105 marks.

Paper 3:- all topics and practical questions 30% of the A level.  40 marks will be on questions on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks questions across the specification and 30 marks will be multiple choice questions.

Practical assessment A level only

Practical competency will be assessed separately internally and students will be awarded a practical endorsement

WHY CHEMISTRY?

Chemistry is an exciting, relevant albeit challenging science, which provides answers to everyday questions through a practical and problem solving approach.

A qualification in chemistry can lead to a wide variety of careers.  It is a must if you are thinking of studying medicine or chemistry at University and is advantageous for the study of any science or engineering degree. A qualification in chemistry is highly valued and respected by both employers and Universities. It can help you gain entry into the top Universities.

A level Chemistry will be taught by Ms Casimir, Mr Knights and Mrs Woodhouse

Useful weblinks

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

https://chemrevise.org/revision-guides/

http://www.docbrown.info

http://www.knockhardy.org.uk/sci.htm

 PHYSICS YEAR 12

AS Level Physics

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum A & B in Core Science and in Additional Science (and A in Further Additional Science if taken)
A in GCSE Maths (Higher Paper)
C in GCSE English Language
Concurrent enrolment in A level Maths is preferred
Grade C or higher in AS Physics is required to progress to year 2 of the A Level.

AIMS

During the course you will have opportunities to:

  • Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • Their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • An understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

COURSE CONTENT

AS – Theories and practical applications of the following:

Paper 1: Core Physics I- Mechanics and Electricity
Paper 2: Core Physics II- Materials, Waves and Particles Nature of Light

ASSESSMENT

AS - 2 external written papers each worth 50% of AS

WHY PHYSICS?

Physics is both a theoretical and practical subject which will provide you with a sound basis for any career path that you may choose.

It is a highly respected subject and is held in high esteem by employers.

It is a must if you want to study a physical science or engineering at university and is advantageous for other subjects such as medicine or finance.

It is a challenging A level which you will find both simulating and exhilarating as it will answer many questions about how the world works and provide you with many useful skills.

AS Physics will be taught by Mrs Northam, Ms Wood & Mr Fletcher

 PHYSICS YEAR 13

A Level Physics

REQUIREMENTS

Concurrent enrolment in A level Maths is preferred
Grade C or higher in AS Physics is required to progress to year 2 of the A level.

AIMS

During the course you will have opportunities to:

  • Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • Their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • An understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

COURSE CONTENT

A level – Theories and practical applications of the following:

Paper 1: Advanced Physics I- Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics
Paper 2: Advanced Physics II- Materials, Waves and Particles Nature of Light, Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields, Oscillations
Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics

ASSESSMENT

A level - 3 external written papers, 2 worth 30% each and 1 worth 40% of the A level, Science Practical Endorsement

WHY PHYSICS?

Physics is both a theoretical and practical subject which will provide you with a sound basis for any career path that you may choose.

It is a highly respected subject and is held in high esteem by employers.

It is a must if you want to study a physical science or engineering at university and is advantageous for other subjects such as medicine or finance.

It is a challenging A level which you will find both simulating and exhilarating as it will answer many questions about how the world works and provide you with many useful skills.

A level Physics will be taught by Mrs Northam & Ms Wood