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Business

Business A Level - AQA -  7132

Business is becoming an increasingly important qualification. As business becomes more complex, employers are looking for candidates who can bring a level of prior business knowledge to their companies. Having a Business qualification shows that you are capable of understanding some difficult concepts and you have developed the communication, analytical and evaluative skills that modern businesses and universities are looking for. It often leads students into careers in management, business consultancy and financial services.

 

Course Aims

·         To help students develop a critical understanding of business organisations and business activity.

·         To help students understand business behaviour from a variety of different viewpoints.

·         To prepare students for their future role as citizens, consumers and producers.

Course Content

Year 12

Students will learn why businesses exist and the reasons for choosing and changing business structure. The four key functional areas in business: finance, human resources, operations/production and marketing are studied in detail. Students will learn about how decisions are made regarding these core functions and develop the skills to discuss the impact on the firm of certain decisions. Financial planning is a significant part of this unit and students will carry out calculations using financial documents and interpret their results. The syllabus for Year 12 can be viewed using the links below.

1 What is business?

2 Managers, leadership and decision making

3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

4 Decision making to improve operational performance

5 Decision making to improve financial performance

6 Decision making to improve human resource performance

 

Year 13

The A Level builds on the Year 12 work to include analysing the strategic position of a business and choosing and managing strategic change including an international perspective. The syllabus for Year 13 can be viewed using the links below.

 

7 Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)

8 Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)

9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)

10 Managing strategic change (A-level only)

 

 

Entry requirements
  • Five or more GCSE grades at 9-4 including English Language and Maths.
  •  Average GCSE point score 4.5 or above.

Students who have just failed to meet these requirements may be allowed to start the course at the discretion of the Head of Department.

 

Learning methods and assessment

A range of methods will be used to develop the skills of analysis and evaluation.  The emphasis is on learning through case study material that reflects issues faced by firms.  Past papers are used to coach students in exam technique and assess progress.  Assessment is through external exams.

All three papers will be examined in the June of the second year. Each paper lasts 2 hours and is worth 33.3% of the A Level marks. All papers are synoptic and cover all syllabus content.

 

Paper 1

  • Section A – 15 multiple choice questions
  • Section B – Short answer questions
  • Section C + D – Essay questions (choice of two from four)

Paper 2 - Three compulsory data response questions.

Paper 3 - One compulsory case study (unseen) consisting of approximately 6 questions.

 

Specimen and past papers can be found using the link below.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects/as-and-a-level/business-7131-7132/assessment-resources

 

Expectations of students

Students need to be prepared to study independently and use all the resources available to them both in and out of the classroom.

Students should be committed to wider reading, including keeping up to date with current business news through the regular reading of newspapers and journals in addition to watching the news and other relevant business programs.

 

For more information contact:

Miss A. Philpott, Townsend Church of England School

 

 

English Literature

AQA English Literature - 7717

 

Students follow the AQA Specification B for A level.

 

Year 12- Paper 1. The set texts studied are ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘Othello’.

 

Year 13-Paper 2 The set texts studied are the poetry of William Blake, ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

 

Non-Exam Assessment also forms part of the A level specification and counts for 20% of the final grade.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Six or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.
  • Average GCSE point score 5.0 or above.
  • Grade 5  in English Literature GCSE.

COURSE CONTENT

The AS course focuses on ‘Aspects of Tragedy’. A wide range of rich and powerful texts are studied including the plays, ‘Othello’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’, the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ and the poetry of Keats. It is vital that students are prepared to read around the subject in order to achieve success in the subject. A2 offers the opportunity for students to build on the skills acquired at AS and develop a deeper understanding of English Literature. At A2, there is a coursework component as well as an exam component.

LEARNING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Considerable emphasis is placed upon class discussion. Independent study is also  encouraged.  Opportunities for student presentations are frequent and popular.

  • AS: p.1: one Shakespeare play and one other drama text. 1 hour 30 minutes. Closed book.
  • AS: p. 2:one prose and one poetry text. 1 hour 30 minutes. Open book.
  • A2: study of three texts. One post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text,
  • One of which one must be written pre-1900. Exam will include an unseen passage. 3 hours. Open book.
  • A2: Non-exam assessment: two essays each responding to a different text.

Students should keep a reading log of novels and poems read during the Summer break which precedes the onset of the course.

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

As English Literature expects students to think and discuss the texts and ask questions, students are expected to do their own reading and research about texts and authors studied.  They must learn to study independently and realise that study at this level is a huge step up from GCSE.  Students are expected to attend external lectures and theatre trips and visits outside school as appropriate.

CAREERS IMPLICATIONS

English Literature lends itself to a wide range of careers including: media, journalism, publishing and teaching. It is a strong university favourite as English Literature shows that students can communicate effectively in writing and discussion.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Miss P. Noble, Townsend Church of England School

Geography

A LEVEL Geography - EDEXCEL

The specification we have chosen to study "offers an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change" (Edexcel Specification 2016).

Students will also gain the chance to complete 4 days worth of fieldwork in order to write a piece of coursework up to 4000 words, this will make up 20% of their final grade.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Five or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.
  • Average GCSE point score 4.7 or above.
  • Grade C or above in Geography GCSE.

COURSE CONTENT

Topics covered throughout year 13 include:

  • PHYSICAL - Water cycle and water insecurity.
  • HUMAN – Superpowers.
  • COURSEWORK
  • PHYSICAL – The carbon cycle and energy security
  • HUMAN – Global development and connections
  • STATS AND SKILLS

Please see the link below for more details

Year 13 Geography Overview

LEARNING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Fieldwork and theoretical work is integrated into the teaching through discussions, case studies and decision-making exercises, as well as a week-long field course in year 12.

The course is assessed through written examination and structured writing.  Extended prose questions are common to all of the units.  Examinations take place at the end of year 13 A2. Students will be expected to carry out fieldwork on a field trip to answer skills based questions in the examination.

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

The course covers a large range of topics in the first year.  Hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to study independently and the use of all resources available is therefore required.  Students are expected to write answers to a considerable number of exam questions and essays in order to practice their techniques.

CAREERS IMPLICATIONS

Advanced level Geography develops essential transferable skills for many careers and is favoured by Universities due to the wide skills base the subject develops.

It is essential for those wishing to follow courses in environmental sciences.  It is also useful for careers such as environmental management, surveying, architecture, transport, retailing, tourism and journalism as well as many more subject specific jobs, such as oceanography, volcanology and demographic studies and development related work.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Mrs M. Buckland, Townsend Church of England School

History

History A Level EDEXCEL 9HI0

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.

Average GCSE point score 4.5 or above.

Students will need a GCSE grade C or above in History or, if not studied at GCSE, a grade C in a related subject.  Most importantly, students will need an interest in History.

 

COURSE CONTENT

The course is linked through the themes of changing democracies from the eighteenth century to modern day.  Students will study Britain transformed 1918-1997; the conformity and challenge in the USA 1955-92, Poverty, public health and the state in Britain c1780-1939 and coursework on a historical controversy. The course will also draw on a greater depth and range of content, demonstrate a deeper understanding of historical concepts, develop analysis and judgements that are more effectively substantiated, carry out a historical enquiry that is independently researched and that investigates specific historical questions.

 

LEARNING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Lessons use a range of learning methods such as the use of primary and secondary evidence, discussion work, historical enquiries, group tasks and presentations.  Independent research and written tasks will also be involved.

Students are tested on knowledge, essays, responses to documents from the time, group and individual research tasks and oral presentations.

Papers 1, 2 and 3 will be assessed through written examination.  Unit 4 will be assessed through the completion of a piece of coursework at the end of year 13.

 

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

Students are expected to be committed to their studies and to be making progress to meet the demands of A level History.

Students will be required to take an active role in lessons, meet deadlines and carry out independent research. Enthusiasm, curiosity, and willingness to debate is required.

 

CAREERS IMPLICATIONS

History combines well with most subjects and is highly respected by all universities. It requires the development of the communication of ideas and an understanding of the views of others, analysis and interpretation of evidence and investigative research skills.

Employers look favourably on these skills in almost any line of work.  Occupations such as law, journalism, education and policing are just some of the areas where History is particularly important.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Mrs J. Bailey, Townsend Church of England School

 

Mathematics

A Level Mathematics - Edexcel - 9371

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Five or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.
  • Average GCSE point score 5.2 or above.
  • A minimum of grade B in GCSE Mathematics achieved in the Higher level examination.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 12 - Core 1 (C1), Core 2 (C2)  and Statistics 1  (S1)
  • C1:  Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration
  • C2:  Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation, integration
  • S1: Statistical modelling; presenting and analysing data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution
 Year 13 – Core 3 (C3),  Core 4 (C4) and Mechanics 1 (M1)
  • C3:  Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation and numerical methods
  • C4:  Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors
  • M1:   Mathematical models; vectors; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments

Year 12 and 13 Mathematics Overview

LEARNING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

  • Five hours a week in lessons plus homework and private study time.
  • You will be encouraged to develop independent learning skills through problem solving and research. There will be opportunities for directed learning and class discussion to enable you to develop the correct mathematical knowledge and techniques.
  • Assessment is through three module examinations in each of the two years of the course.
  • The papers are equally weighted and each is ninety minutes long.

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

To work with interest and determination throughout the course.

Students will be set a variety of homework tasks which will usually require them to demonstrate that they can fully apply their mathematical knowledge.  They will also be expected to research and investigate some areas of maths by themselves.  The best maths students will be self-motivated to acquire a deeper knowledge of the subject.

CAREERS IMPLICATIONS

Mathematics is the most sought after qualification by universities and employers as it shows them you have an analytical mind.

Where can mathematics take you?

Maths is one of the most respected subjects to achieve a qualification in, and the breadth of applications is immense. Mathematics underpins most of science, technology and engineering and is also important in areas as diverse as business, law, nutrition, sports science and psychology. There are many opportunities to use Maths to make a difference in society, for example through the analysis involved in medical research, developing new technology, modelling epidemics or in the study of patterns of criminal activity to identify trends. Studying Mathematics develops problem solving and logic skills, but also provides opportunities to develop team-working skills, resilience, effective communication and the ability to use your own initiative.

These skills are in high demand from employers in many fields, such as :

Accountant

Acoustic consultant

Actuarial analyst

Actuary

Banking & Finance

Business

Chartered accountant

Chartered certified accountant

Data analyst

Data scientist

Engineer

Investment analyst

IT and internet

Research scientist (maths)

Retail

Secondary school teacher

Software engineer

Statistician

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Mrs A. Berry, Townsend Church of England School

Mathematics - Further Maths

GCE Mathematics (Further) – An additional Qualification - Edexcel 8372

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Six or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.

Average GCSE point score 5.2 or above.

A minimum of grade B in GCSE Mathematics achieved in the Higher level examination.

 

COURSE CONTENT

The full course is made up of three modules.

All students have to study the Further Pure Mathematics 1 module but can choose two other

modules from Statistics, Mechanics, Decision Mathematics or additional modules in Further Pure

Mathematics. A range of mathematical concepts and methods studied as part of the AS/A2

Mathematics course are developed further and studying Further Mathematics alongside

Mathematics will aid understanding and performance.

 

LEARNING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Students will learn in a small group and develop their mathematical skills and knowledge through teacher instruction, structured practice and group discussion.

There will also be opportunities to use a variety of ICT techniques and software to understand and visualise the concepts.

The course is assessed through written examinations in Further Pure Mathematics and the two other chosen modules.

 

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

Students are expected to study independently and read further into the concepts. It is essential that students spend the necessary time practising methods to the point that they have the confidence to apply their own knowledge to a variety of problems.

 

CAREERS IMPLICATIONS

Further Mathematics is an excellent qualification for those who wish to study Mathematics or other numerate subjects at degree level. It will help to improve students' chances and choices when seeking places at University or in employment. It will also help to develop a deeper

understanding of the topics in the AS/A2 Mathematics, resulting in improved problem solving skills and examination performance.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Mrs A. Berry, Townsend Church of England School

 

Media Studies

A Level Media Studies - AQA 2570

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.

Average GCSE point score 4.5 or above.

An interest in the media and the technologies that create the products.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Learning to research and analyse media texts; and to create media texts with a target audience.                                Year 12 (3 units)

A critical research assignment, media debates issues and creating media products.     Year 13 (3 units)

 

LEARNING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Students are introduced to key concepts through the study of media texts and are introduced to the language of the subject in both practical and analytical assignments.  Students use ICT to create products and to present their work.  Students are encouraged to form and express opinions and discussion is a feature of their learning.  Students are assessed as follows:

• A practical production with supporting log, an hour and a quarter examination on how to read the media and an hour and a half examination on textual topics in the media.

Year 12

• An independent study of a media product, an hour and a half written paper on texts in their context and an hour and a half critical analysis examination focusing on a comparison of media products.                                                                                                Year 13

 

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

This course is demanding in terms of:

• research

• planning and organisation

• intellectual and practical skills

• independent thinking

 

CAREERS IMPLICATIONS

The media is one of the fastest growing areas of the economy and media studies combines well with a number of other courses at universities.  As well as subject specific skills, students may also develop leadership skills, organisational skills, cooperative working practices, vision and innovation, taking concept to product and ICT skills.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Miss E. Scott, Townsend Church of England School

 

Physical Education

Physical Education - H555 OCR

students will study A level PE across 2 years, covering the following modules:

  1. Physiological factors affecting performance

    This section includes applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics where students will learn how the body enables you to exercise and how it is affected by exercise. They will also gain a greater understanding on how developments in technology have led to improvements in performance.
    This will be assessed through a 2 hour written paper worth 90 marks
    It makes up 30% of the overall grade

  2. Psychological factors affecting performance

    This section includes skill acquisition and sport psychology where students will learn about how we develop skills and how different aspects such as personality and attitude can affect our performance.
    This will be assessed through a 1 hour written paper worth 60 marks
    It makes up 20% of the overall grade

  3. Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

    This section includes sports and society and contemporary issues in physical activity and sport where students will learn about issues that affect participation, development and performance in sport around the World.
    This will be assessed through a 1 hour written paper worth 60 marks
    It makes up 20% of the overall grade

  4. Performance in physical education

    This section includes a practical performance assessment in 1 sport as either a performer or coach. Students must be taking part regularly in competitions in their sport outside of school. Students will also have to complete an Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI), where students will watch a live performance, analyse the strengths and weaknesses and justify a suggested action plan to improve one aspect of their performance,
    This will be assessed through a practical moderation and a 20 minute oral presentation given directly after watching a performance. It's worth 60 marks
    It makes up 30% of the overall grade

Course Resources

Biomechanics

Biomechanics 1- biomechanical principles - Laws

Biomechanics 2 - biomechanical principles - Forces

Biomechanics 3 - biomechanical principles - Centre of Mass and Stability

Biomechanics 4 - Levers

Biomechanics 5 - Technology

Biomechanics 6 - Linear Motion

Biomechanics 7 - Angular Motion

Biomechanics 8 - Fluid Mechanics

Biomechanics 9 - Projectile Motion

Skill Acquisition

Skill Acquisition 1 - Classification of skills

Skill Acquisition 2 - Types and method of practice

Skill Acquisition 3 - Transfer of skills

Skill Acquisition 4 - Principles and theories of learning movement skills

Skill Acquisition 5 - Stages of Learning

Skill Acquisition 6 - Guidance and Feedback

Skill Acquisition 7 - Memory Models

Skill Acquisition -  Past paper questions related to topics

Sport Psychology

Psychology 1 - Individual Differences - Personality

Psychology 2 - Individual Differences - Attitudes

Psychology 3 - Individual Differences - Motivation

Psychology 4 - Individual Differences - Arousal

Psychology 5 - Individual Differences - Anxiety

Psychology 6 - Individual Differences - Aggression

Psychology 7 - Individual Differences - Social facilitation

Psychology 8 - Group and Team Dynamics

Psychology 9 - Goal Setting

Psychology 10 - Attribution

Psychology 11 - Performance

Psychology 12 - Leadership

Psychology 13 - Stress Management

Psychology - Past paper questions related to topics

Socio-cultural Influences

Socio-Cultural 1 - Emergence and Evolution of Modern

Sport Socio-Cultural 1a - Sport in the 21st Century

Socio-Cultural 2 - Global Sporting Events

Socio-Cultural 3 - Ethics and Deviance

Socio-Cultural 4 - Commercialisation and Media

Socio-Cultural 5 - Routes to Sporting Excellence

Socio-Cultural 6 - Modern Technology

Socio-Cultural Issues - past paper questions related to topics

 

Students will be expected to carry out extended reading around a number of topics and be up to date with current issues in sport.

Suggested Reading:

Useful Websites

Psychology

A Level Psychology - AQA - 7182

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Five or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.
  • Average GCSE point score 4.8 or above.
  • Grade C for GCSE Mathematics.
  • Good written skills, an enquiring mind, an interest in Science and the motivation to do your best. It is an academic course that you will find interesting, enjoyable and challenging.

COURSE CONTENT

Five hours a week in a lesson plus homework and private study time.

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. It aims to describe, explain and predict human behaviour.

Year 1
  • Unit 1: Memory, Attachment in children and Social influence
  • Unit 2: Abnormality, Approaches in Psychology and Research methods.
Year 2
  • Unit 3: Gender, Froensic, Schizophrenia
  • Unit 4: Issues and debates in Psychology.

Small practical projects will be a feature of the course but do not count towards A2 or AS grades.

 

LEARNING RESOURCES

AQA Psychology A level specification

File check sheet

Induction day year 12 lesson

Psych psychology reading list

 

LEARNING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Psychology is assessed solely through written examinations in the Summer Term.  You will need to be able to communicate well in writing and have a willingness to take on new vocabulary and concepts associated with the subject. You will also be encouraged to develop your skills of oral communication during lessons by way of short presentations to the group.

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

A’ level Psychology is very content heavy. Essay writing is an essential part of the course.

Students must be prepared to study independently and use resources available to them in and outside the classroom.

CAREERS IMPLICATIONS

Psychology is a social science relevant to many careers, particularly in health, education, social care, marketing, advertising and business.  It is valued by employers and for entry into a wide range of courses in Higher Education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Mrs W. Kleynhans, Townsend Church of England School

 

Religious Studies

A Level Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) - OCR - H573

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Five or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language
  • Average GCSE point score 4.8 or above.
  • Students will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Religious Studies.
  • Students should have an interest and enthusiasm in exploring moral and religious issues.  An open enquiring outlook and willingness to use initiative and work hard are also required.

COURSE CONTENT

There are three units of study;

  • Philosophy of religion– ancient Greek philosophy, the problem of evil,  existence of God, religious experiences, symbol and myth, religious language, and life
Science - Biology

The following topics are studied in A level Biology

Module 1 Development of Practical skills

This unit includes the practical endorsement and is worked on throughout the two years of the course.

 

Year 12 Teaching Topics

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

  • Cell Structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Nucleotides and Nucleic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological Membranes
  • Cell division and Organisation

Module 3: Exchange and Transport

  • Exchange and transport in animals and plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

  • Disease and the immune system
  • Classification and Evolution
  • Biodiversity

 

Year 13 teaching topics

Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Excretion
  • Animal Responses
  • Plant Responses and hormones
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

  • Cellular control
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Evolution
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Cloning and Biotechnology
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and Sustainability

During year 13 pupils have the opportunity to complete the field study areas of the course and practical endorsements at the Crandedale Centre in Yorkshire. This is a compulsory trip that takes place in October. On the course pupils will learn a range of skills and use equipment that is unavailable to us at School as well as study habitats such as Rocky Shores and Moorland that we cannot access here. Whilst there we use this opportunity to study aspects of unit 6 in a practical setting including Ecosystems and Populations by comparing data collected during the day and Sustainability when looking at sustainable forestry and fishing.

Cranedale centre: http://www.cranedale.com/ )

Recommended reading and websites:

Text books:

Many second hand copies are available on Amazon and are usually in very good condition

Revision Guides:

  • CGP A Level Biology for OCR
  • CGP Head start to A Level Biology
  • CGP A Level Biology: Essential Maths Skills

All these books are available to purchase from your Biology Teachers

Websites:

Science - Chemistry

The following topics are studied in A level Chemistry

Module 1 Development of Practical skills

This unit includes the practical endorsement and is worked on throughout the two years of the course.

Year 12 Teaching Topics

Autumn Term:

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and isotopes
  • Compounds formulae and equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Electron structure
  • Bonding and structure
  • Acids
  • Redox
  • Enthalpy changes

Spring Term:

Module 3: Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2
  • The Halogens
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Reaction rates
  • Chemical Equilibrium

Summer Term:

Module 4: Organic Chemistry

  • Alkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Haloalkanes
  • Organic synthesis
  • Analytical techniques
  • Organic synthesis
  • Analytical techniques

Year 13 teaching topics

Autumn Term:

Module 5: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

  • How Fast (Rates)
  • How Far (Equilibria)
  • Acids, bases and buffers
  • Lattice enthalpy
  • Entropy
  • Redox and Electrode Potentials
  • Transition elements
  • Qualitative analysis

Spring Term:

Module 6: Organic Chemistry

  • Aromatic Compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Amines
  • Amino acids, amides and chirality
  • Polyesters and polyamides
  • Carbon-carbon bond formation
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Chromatography and qualitative analysis
  • Spectroscopy

 

Recommended reading and websites:

 

Reading List

  • Elegant Solutions: Ten Beautiful Experiments in Chemistry by Philip Ball
  • The Periodic Table by Eric Scerri
  • Why Chemical Reactions Happen by James Keeler and Peter Wothers

Text books:

  • Rob Ritchie and Dave Gent: A Level Chemistry A for OCR Student Book - Publisher: OUP Oxford ISBN-10: 0198351976
  • Eileen Ramsden A-Level Chemistry - Core Text Fourth Edition - Publisher: Nelson Thornes; ISBN-10: 0748752994
  • Lawrie Ryan Advanced Chemistry For You - Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (28 May 2015) ISBN-10: 1408527367

Magazine/Journals:

  • Scientific American
  • New Scientist

Websites:

http://www.periodicvideos.com

http://www.sixtysymbols.com

http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry

www.chemguide.co.uk

Science - Physics

The following topics are studied in A level Physics

Module 1 Development of Practical skills

This unit includes the practical endorsement and is worked on throughout the two years of the course.

Year 12 Teaching Topics

Module 2: Foundations in Physics

  • Quantities and units
  •  Derived units
  • Scalar and vector quantities
  • Adding vectors
  • Resolving vectors
  •  More on vectors

Module 3: Forces and motion

  • Motion
  • Forces in action
  • Work, energy, and power
  • Materials
  • Laws of motion and momentum

Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons

  • Charge and current
  • Energy, power and resistance
  • Electrical circuits
  • Waves 1
  • Waves 2
  • Quantum physics

Year 13 teaching topics

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics

  • Thermal physics
  •  Ideal gases
  •  Circular motion
  • Oscillations
  • Gravitational fields
  • Stars
  • Cosmology

Module 6: Particles and medical physics

  • Capacitance
  • Electric fields
  • Magnetic fields
  • Particle physics
  • Radioactivity
  • Nuclear physics
  • Medical imaging

Recommended reading and websites:

Text books:

Revision Guides:

  • CGP Head start to A Level Physics
  • CGP A Level Physics: Essential Maths Skills
  • CGP A Level Physics for OCR

All these books are available to purchase from your Physics Teachers

Websites:

Sociology

A Level Sociology - AQA - 7192

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Grade 4 in English (language or Literature), a 4 in Maths and at least 4 grades 4-9 in other subjects

Students should have an interest and enthusiasm for understanding society. They might enjoy people watching, be naturally inquisitive or have a desire to understand key issues in society.  An ability to debate and think critically is also essential. 

 

COURSE CONTENT

Students will need to understand the ways in which sociologists work and the various schools of sociological thought. They will be required to apply that knowledge to a range of key institutions within society. Over the two years students will study:

 

Family and Households – What are the functions of the family? Who benefits from it? Does it work? Is there a dark side to the family? Does the family support and benefit all members equally? Are women exploited in the family?

 

Education – What is the purpose of our education system? Does it achieve its aims? Why do different groups of students perform more or less well than others?

 

The Media – How does the media portray different groups? Does it influence us? Who controls the media? Should we trust what we read, see or hear?

 

Crime and Deviance – Is crime out of control? Why do some people commit crime and others not? How do we solve the problem of crime? Why do people commit suicide?

Health and Social Care

Students can study either the Diploma (2 A Levels) or Extended Diploma (3 A Levels)

Diploma

You will study 6 mandatory units, 2 of which are exams, 1 is an externally assessed set task.

Mandatory:

 

1: Human Lifespan Development

2: Working in Health and Social Care

4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

5: Meeting Individual Needs in Health and Social Care

7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

8: Promoting Public Health

You will then select 2 optional units from

10: Sociological Perspectives

11: Psychological Perspectives

12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

18: Assessing Children's Development Support Needs

19: Nutritional Health

Extended Diploma

You will study 8 mandatory units, 3 of which are exams, 1 is an externally assessed set task.

Mandatory:

1: Human Lifespan Development

2: Working in Health and Social Care

3: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

5: Meeting Individual Needs in Health and Social Care

6: Work experience in Health and Social Care

7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

8: Promoting Public Health

You will then select 5 optional units from the list, 2 from area A and 2 from area B, with 1 extra from either area.

suggested optional units include:

10: Sociological Perspectives

11: Psychological Perspectives

12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

18: Assessing Children's Development Support Needs

19: Nutritional Health

20: Understanding Mental Wellbeing

Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Spec

Health and Social Care - Course Overview

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