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Science

The Science Department is a very large department in the college.  In this area A levels are offered in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The success rate on all of these courses is excellent and every year a considerable number of students go on to study science degree courses. The students receive a wealth of support to prepare them for science related degree courses, including preparation for BMAT, UKCAT and Olympiad examinations. The department prides itself on offering a great deal of support to students outside of lesson time.

The Science Department is a centre of excellence with outstanding facilities and links to London Universities.

A level Biology (OCR linear)

OCR Biology A level content is split into six teaching modules:

  • Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification;
  • Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A level.

The modules can be summarised as:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills.
  • Module 2: Foundations in biology 
  • Module 3: Exchange and Transport.
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease.
  • Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy.
  • Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

A level Chemistry (AQA linear)

A level Chemistry is divided into three areas.

Physical Chemistry

Topics studied in the first year, which also apply to AS level are: Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria, Oxidation and reduction. Topics studied in the second year, which apply only to A level are: Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constant Kp, Electrode potentials, Acids and bases.

Inorganic Chemistry

Topics studied in the first year, which also apply to AS level are: Periodicity, Group II, Group VII. Topics studied in the second year, which apply only to A level are: Period 3 elements and oxides, Transition metals, Aqueous ions.

Organic Chemistry

Topics studied in the first year, which also apply to AS level are: Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes, Alkenes, Haloalkanes, Alcohols, Organic analysis.

Topics studied in the first year, which also apply to AS level are: Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and their derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids and proteins, Organic synthesis, Nmr, Chromatography.

A level Physics (OCR linear)

OCR Physics A content is split into six teaching modules:

  • Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification;
  • Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A level.

The modules can be summarised as:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills.
  • 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.

 

     What the students say (Student Survey)

The teaching and support has been excellent from all the different teachers.  Especially all the extra help outside of lessons the teachers are determined to go the extra mile.

What Ofsted say

Almost all students progress to Higher Education. Very high success rates have been maintained for a considerable time.