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Biology at AS Level

The Exams Board is AQA

Course outline

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

Topics:

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms

Course content – A Level Biology

Topics:

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).

Chemistry at AS Level

Course Curriculum

UNIT 1 - FOUNDATION CHEMISTRY

Atomic structure

Amount of substance

Bonding

Periodicity

Introduction to organic chemistry

Alkanes

UNIT 2 - CHEMISTRY IN ACTION

Energetics

Kinetics

Equilibria

Redox Reactions

Group 7 – Halogens

Group 2 – Alkaline Earth Materials

Extraction of metals

Haloalkanes

Alkenes

Alcohols

Analytical Techniques

UNIT 3 – INVESTIGATIVE & PRACTICAL SKILLS

EXAM FORMAT AND SCHEDULE

UNIT 1 – FOUNDATION CHEMISTRY

Written exam paper – 70 marks = 100 UMS

75 minutes

4-6 short questions

1-2 longer structured questions

EXAM DATE – JANUARY

UNIT 2 – CHEMISTRY IN ACTION

Written exam paper – 100 marks = 140 UMS

105 minutes

6-8 short questions

2 longer structured questions

EXAM DATE – JUNE

Physics at A Level

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

AS outline

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.

A2 outline.

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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JULY 2018

  • THU 19TH - Last Day of Summer Term
  • AUGUST 2018

  • THU 16TH - Year 13 collecting A-Levels, 7am to 11.30am & Year 12 collecting AS results 10am to 11.30am
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