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Biology at AS Level

The Exams Board is AQA

Course content:

Unit 1:

Biology and diseases:

Diseases caused by pathogens and lifestyle

Cells

Cells and their environment

Food and digestion

Breathing and Lung Diseases

The Heart and heart diseases

Protection against Disease

Unit 2:

Variety of Living Organisms:

Variation and selection

The genetic code

The cell cycle

The plant cell

Exchanges

Classification

Antibiotics

Biodiversity

Unit 1 Exams is in January and Unit 2 Exams is in June.

In addition Students will sit for an ISA exams in February

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.

Term Dates

Term Dates

Summer Term 2017
Friday 26th May Last Day of Half Term
Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June Half Term Break
Monday 5th June First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 21st July Last Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Autumn Term 2017
Monday 4th September First Day of Autumn Term (Staff and Year 7 Pupils only) Year 7 to start school at 1pm
Tuesday 5th September First Day of Autumn Term (Years 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Friday 20th October Last Day of Half Term
Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October Half Term Break
Monday 30th October First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 21st December Last Day of Autumn Term
Spring Term 2018
Wednesday 3rd January First Day of Spring Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 9th February Last Day of Half Term
Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February Half Term Break
Monday 19th February First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 29th March Last Day of Spring Term
Friday 30th March - Friday 13th April Spring Term Break
Summer Term 2018
Monday 16th April First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 25th May Last Day of Half Term
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June Half Term Break
Monday 4th June First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 20th July Last Day of Summer Term

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