The Exams Board is AQA
This course will enthuse and develop a student’s passion for biology and provide a solid grounding in foundation biology. The AS biology specification introduces students to many core concepts, which include biological molecules, cells, transport of substances and genetics. These core concepts are further developed in A Level biology.
Students could study the AS course in the first year only, however those wishing to study the A Level course will complete the first year, which has a common curriculum with the AS course and then continue on to Year 2. It is important that students have a good knowledge of AS level biology before progressing on to A level – many of topics studied at AS Level are developed further.
Course content – AS Level Biology
1. Biological molecules
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms
Course content – A Level Biology
5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
8. The control of gene expression
Assessments for AS Level Biology
Exams take place during May – June.
Students will sit 2 exams on topics 1-4 and relevant practical skills. The duration of each exam is 90 minutes and each paper is worth 75 marks. Each paper constitutes 50% of AS Biology. Both exams consist of short answer questions (65 marks) and long answer questions (10 marks).
Assessments for A Level Biology
Exams take place during June.
Students will sit 3 exams and are tested on the following topics
Paper 1: Topics 1-4 and relevant practical skills
Paper 2: Topics 5-8 and relevant practical skills
Paper 3: Topics 1-8 and relevant practical skills
The duration of each exam is 2 hours. Paper 1 and 2 consist of short and long answer questions (76 marks) and extended response questions (15 marks). Paper 3 consists of structured questions & practical techniques (38 marks), critical analysis of experimental data (15 marks) and an essay (25 marks).
UNIT 1 - FOUNDATION CHEMISTRY
Amount of substance
Introduction to organic chemistry
UNIT 2 - CHEMISTRY IN ACTION
Group 7 – Halogens
Group 2 – Alkaline Earth Materials
Extraction of metals
UNIT 3 – INVESTIGATIVE & PRACTICAL SKILLS
EXAM FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
UNIT 1 – FOUNDATION CHEMISTRY
Written exam paper – 70 marks = 100 UMS
4-6 short questions
1-2 longer structured questions
EXAM DATE – JANUARY
UNIT 2 – CHEMISTRY IN ACTION
Written exam paper – 100 marks = 140 UMS
6-8 short questions
2 longer structured questions
EXAM DATE – JUNE
Exam board: AQA
Physics at ‘A’ level deals with the theories of Physics and their application in real world contexts.
Whys study Physics?
Studying Physics leads to deeper understanding of the principles Physics underpins our understanding of the world (and universe) we live in.
A Level Physics naturally prepares a student for undergraduate Physics at University. However, it is also extremely useful for students who are wishing to progress their studies in Mathematics, Engineering and Physdical Sciences such as Chemistry. For students who are aiming to enter the world of employment, ‘A’ level Physics provides a strong background to problem solving, analytical and communication skills that are increasingly sought by prospective employers. In your everyday life ‘A’ level Physics can equip you with the tools that help you understand how things work and in many cases ‘fix’ things when they don’t work.
What will I study?
Y12 AS Physics –fulltime study
Y13 A2 Physics fulltime study
At AS, this specification introduces new topics as well as building on previous studies in physics. The two AS theory units provide alternative starting points for the AS course:
· Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity.
· Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves
· Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills.
At A2, this specification builds on AS physics (A) and includes optional topics:.
· Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics.
· Unit 5: This unit comprises two sections.
o Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics.
o Section B: Option Units.
· Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills.
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