KS5 Science

 

Biology

The new specification presents essential principles in contexts that students will find interesting. Fundamental Biology is studied through aspects of disease causing organisms and their effects. This course builds upon concepts and skills that have been developed in the GCSE Science course. It presents Biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. The course emphasises the way in which scientists work and the contributions of science to modern society.

AS Level

Unit title Weighting (%) Assessment
Basic Biochemistry and Cell organisation 20 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
Biodiversity and Physiology of body Systems 20 1 hour 30 minutes written paper

A2 Level

Unit title Weighting (%) Assessment
Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment 25 2 hour written paper

 

Variation, Inheritance and Options 25 2 hour written paper

Choice of one option from three – Immunology and Disease, Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Neurobiology and Behaviour (20 mark question)

Practical Examination 10 Made of two parts – a hands on practical and a practical analysis paper.

 

Chemistry

The chemistry course is intended for pupils who wish to pursue their studies of chemistry to a greater depth and understanding than that required for GCSE. The emphasis of this course is on developing understanding and applying knowledge to explain modern applications of chemistry.

The specification is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Students must be prepared to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in a range of theoretical, practical, industrial and environmental context. Practical work is an intrinsic part of this specification.   It is vitally important in developing a conceptual understanding of many topics and it enhances the experience and enjoyment of chemistry. The practical skills developed are also fundamentally important to learners going on to further study in chemistry and related subjects, and are transferable to many careers.

 

AS Level

A Level

AS Unit 1:

The Language of Chemistry, Structure of Matter and Simple Reactions.

20% of qualification.

AS Unit 2:

Energy, Rate and Chemistry of Carbon Compounds

20% of qualification

 

A2 Unit 3:

Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

25% of qualification

A2 Unit 4:

Organic Chemistry and Analysis

25% of qualification

A” Unit 5:

Practical Examination

10% of qualification

 

Physics

The Physics course is intended for pupils who wish to pursue their studies of Physics to a greater depth and understanding than that required at GCSE. Physics is an interesting course that it is delivered in such a fashion to allow pupils to develop many key skill areas; e.g. literacy skills, numeracy skills and analytical skills. IT skills, particularly in the field of analysis will also be developed.   Pupils studying Physics in the sixth form will explore the following areas:

AS Modules

·         Motion, Energy and Matter (20%)
·         Electricity and Light (20%)

A LEVEL Modules

·         Oscillations and Nuclei (25%)
·         Fields and Options (25%)
·         Practical examination (10%)

 KS5: BTEC Applied Science

The benefits of studying BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science.

  • Developing the skills and understanding to meet the needs of the Applied Science sector.
  • Opportunities to acquire technical and employability skills.
  • Gaining knowledge and understanding which is transferable and will enable students to meet the challenges of the new scientific world.

 

 Compulsory Units

Fundamentals of Science
 Working in the Science Industry
 Scientific Practical Techniques

 

Specialised Units*

 Physiology of Human Body Systems
 Microbiological Techniques
 Genetics and Genetic Engineering