Ormiston NEW Academy

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Science

Biology

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Examining body: AQA

Course content

AS & First year of A-LevelSecond year of A-Level
Biology MoleculesEnergy transfers in and between organisms
CellsOrganisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
Organisms exchange substances with their environmentGenetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems
Genetic information, Variation and relationships between organismsThe control of gene expression

Practicals: Biology, like all sciences is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • Using microscopes to see cell division.
  • Dissection of animal or plant systems.
  • Aseptic technique to study microbial growth.
  • Investigating activity within cells.
  • Investigating animal behaviours.
  • Investigating distributions of species in the environment.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs A*–C including grade BB in GCSE Double Science (or GCSE Biology) or equivalent and grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English.

Progression routes

A qualification in Biology proves your ability to think logically, understand complex ideas and apply them to the real world and employers actively seek out such people.

There is no doubt that Biology is highly regarded by universities and not just for those wishing to continue the subject at degree level.

Progression is possible on to a wide range of Higher Education courses including degrees (e.g. Mathematics, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Environmental Science) and Higher Nationals (e.g. Applied Sciences, Sports Science). Progression on to the next level of Vocational Qualifications e.g. NVQs in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities.

For further information contact

Mrs S Hill


Chemistry

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Examining body: AQA

AS and First year of A-LevelSecond year of A-Level
Physical Chemistry
(Atomic structure/Amount of substance/Energetics)
Physical Chemistry
(Thermodynamics/Electrode potentials/Acids and Bases)
Inorganic Chemistry
(Group 2 & 7/ Periodicity)
Inorganic Chemistry
(Transition metals/Metals in aqueous solution)
Organic Chemistry
(Alkanes/Carboxylic acids/Esters/Haloalkanes)
Organic Chemistry
(Aromatics/Amines/Polymers/Organic Analysis)

Practicals: Chemistry, like all sciences is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • Measuring energy changes in chemical reactions.
  • Tests for identifying different types of compound.
  • Different methods for measuring rates of reaction.
  • Studying electrochemical cells.
  • Preparation of organic solids and liquids.
  • An advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs A*–C including grade B in GCSE Double Science (or GCSE Chemistry) or equivalent and Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.

Progression routes

Chemistry A Level is essential for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and chemical engineering, for entry to a degree course in pure and applied chemistry, and in many other areas such as biotechnology, genetics, biochemistry, biological sciences, environmental sciences and geology. It is also essential for entry to degree courses in chemistry combined with other subjects such as law, business management, languages, materials, food science and forensic science.

For further information contact

Mr R Barnett-Richards


Physics

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Examining body: AQA

Course content

AS and First year of A-LevelSecond year of A-Level
Measurements and their errorsFurther mechanics and thermal physics
Particles and radiationFields
WavesNuclear Physics
Mechanics and EnergyOption Module: Astrophysics or Turning points in Physics
Electricity

Practicals: Physics, like all sciences is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • Investigating interference and diffraction of laser light.
  • Measuring acceleration due to gravity.
  • Investigating systems that oscillate.
  • Investigation of the links between temperature, pressure and volume.
  • Safe use of ionising radiation.
  • Investigating magnetic fields.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs A*–C including grade B in GCSE Double Science (or GCSE Physics) or equivalent and Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.

It is recommended that you take Mathematics t0o at least AS Level to help support the subject.

Progression routes

A qualification in Physics proves your ability to think logically, understand complex ideas and apply them to the real world and employers actively seek out such graduates. There is no doubt that Physics is highly regarded by universities and not just for those wishing to continue the subject at degree level including: Engineering, Geology, Astronomy, Mathematics and Medicine.

For further information contact

Mr S. Blakemore