In the second year of this linear programme, students build on ideas from the first year to develop a deeper understanding of Biology. The A-level is assessed via three examinations which assess material covered over both years. Six further required practical investigations are completed and, taken together with those from the first year, these provide the evidence for practical endorsement in the subject. Topics covered include photosynthesis, respiration, nervous co-ordination, homeostasis, genetics and gene technologies.
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A2 Electronics covers control systems and communication systems.
This is the second year of the Physics course which follows on from the AS Physics year.
BTEC Certificate in Applied Science and Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science)
This is a course based on the knowledge and understanding of Chemistry, Physics and Biology appropriate to a level 3 course. Wherever possible, key ideas are explored within the context of the field of Forensics: for example, students are required to gather a range of evidence from a mock crime scene and use practical forensic techniques, drawing conclusions that are consistent with the evidence. Students are required to study 6 units (or three for students completing the BTEC certificate) and complete a total of 24 assignments. The units covered include: working in the science industry; forensic photography and criminal psychology. Assessment is currently 100% coursework based.
BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science)
After completion of the Sub Diploma, students can gain the National Diploma through the completion of 6 further units. Students have the opportunity to plan and carry out an investigation of their choice. Ideas that are explored in the second year include the relationship of science with society, the use of maths and statistics in science, medical physics; chemical laboratory techniques and the uses of gene technology.
This is the first year of a two-year linear programme in Biology. The AS is assessed via two written examinations at the end of the summer, and preparation for these requires the completion of 6 required practical investigations. Topics covered include biological molecules, cell structure, the immune system, protein synthesis and selection. Students will also learn in detail about the challenges organisms face in exchanging materials with their environment, and how these are overcome by both animals and plants.
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AS Electronics covers digital and analogue circuits, plus microcontrollers.
AS Physics is the first year of the two year A level course.
The prime intention of Science in Society
– at both AS and A Level – is to develop the knowledge and skills that learners need in order to grapple with issues related to the science and technology that they meet now and will meet in their adult and working lives.
Single Science is a course for those who are interested gaining a C grade in Science.