Sciences

Biology:

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Exam Board: OCR

This is a linear course which will be assessed at the end of two years of study. The course is designed to;

  • Develop knowledge and understanding
  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical and problem-solving skills
  • Develop an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

Course Content

Module 1: Development of Practical skills in Biology

Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3: Exchange and Transport

Exchange surfaces, Transport in animals, Transport in plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, Biodiversity, Classification and evolution.

Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

Communication and homeostasis, Excretion as an example of homeostatic control, Neuronal communication, Hormonal communication, Plant and animal responses, Photosynthesis, Respiration.

Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Cellular control, Patterns of inheritance, Manipulating genomes, Cloning and biotechnology, Ecosystems, Populations and sustainability.

 

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Field trip to Wildwood Canterbury to look at conservation, sustainable management, ecosystem sampling, rock shore ecology and sand dune succession
  • Participation in the Biology Olympiad

Assessment

Students are assessed by end of term tests, independent work, practical work and homework.

 

External Assessment

  • Paper 1 – Biological Processes covering modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.  Multiple choice, structured questions and extended response.  2 ¼ hours.  37% weighting.
  • Paper 2 – Biological Diversity covering modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.  Multiple choice, structured questions and extended response.  2 ¼ hours.  37% weighting.
  • Paper 3 – Unified Biology covering modules 1-6. Structured questions and extended response.  1 1/2 hours.  26% weighting.
  • Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence with performance reported separately to the A Level grade

Chemistry:

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Exam Board: OCR

The OCR Chemistry course has been designed for students who wish to continue with a study of chemistry. This provides progression from GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science, or from GCSE Chemistry.

Experimental work will feature prominently, and this will enable you to develop your skills of manipulation, observation and deduction. It will include learning proper control measures for dealing with hazards. Practical ability will be assessed internally throughout the year. All students will keep a record of practical activities in a laboratory book.

Course Content

 The course aims to:

  • Develop your interest and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry.
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works.
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.

The course is organised into teaching units, each of which is freestanding and builds upon work carried out in GCSE’s. The course is split into six teaching modules:

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

• Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

• Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

• Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

• Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

• Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Enrichment Opportunities

Students take part in The Cambridge Lower Sixth Form Challenge. This will take place in lessons during the summer term.

Students will get to carry out Infrared Spectroscopy on Organic products that they have produced. This is with The University of Greenwich.

ASSESSMENT

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry:

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hours 15 minutes written paper
  • 37% of total A level

Synthetic and Analytical techniques:

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hour 15 minutes Written paper
  • 37% of total A level

Unified chemistry:

  • 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 26% of total A level

Practical endorsement in chemistry:

  • Pass/Fail

Physics:

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Exam Board: OCR

This is a linear course which will be assessed at the end of two years of study. The course is designed with a focus on being relevant to real world experiences and to prepare students for future studies in science or engineering.

Course Content

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 2 – Foundations of physics
  • Module 3 – Forces and motion
  • Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
  • Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

Enrichment opportunities

  • Opportunities to attend Physics in Action day at UCL and workshops run by the Rutherford Physics Partnership
  • Participation in the Oxford Physics Olympiad
  • Trips to: Maidstone Oncology Department, JET Fusion, the Diamond Light Source, CERN Geneva

Assessment

Students are assessed by end of module tests, independent work, practical work and homework.

 

External Assessment:

The course will be externally assessed by three papers at the end of year 13.

Paper 1 assesses Modules 1, 2, 3 & 5 lasting 2 hours 15 minutes and accounts for 37% of the qualification.

Paper 2 assesses Modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 lasting 2 hours 15 minutes and accounts for 37% of the qualification.

Paper 3 assesses all 6 modules and last 1 hour 30 minutes and accounts for 26% of the qualification.

Practical Endorsement: 

Pupils will complete a minimum of 12 required practicals (known as PAGs – Practical Activity Groups) to demonstrate key practical skills. These do not affect the grade achieved, but are needed to be completed so that the exam board will award a grade based on the examination results only.