KS5

BIOLOGY

At KS5 we build on previous knowledge and skills to develop our pupils as confident scientists. The new curriculum provides pupils with a broad opportunity to conduct investigations. A minimum of 12 practical activities form an integral part of the course. 

Biology at our school has been extremely popular and successful. Each year most of our Biologists have gone to peruse either medicine or biology based subjects in Russel group universities. Rigorous BMAT and UKCAT preparatory sessions are in place to further support pupils. Pupils can also avail themselves to interview practice sessions. Through our close working relations with top universities we are able to apply for pupils to attend summer schools affording them the opportunity to gain hospital work experience. 

Last academic year 50% students achieved an A*- B and 100% attained an A*-C. 

Pupils study AQA syllabus, specification for which can be found at  Here

In year 12, pupils study the following topics:

· Biological molecules

· Cells

· Organisms exchange substances with their environment 

· Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

In year 13, pupils study the following topics:

· Energy transfers in and between organisms

· Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

· Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

· The control of gene expression

 

PHYSICS

Physics is the study of how things work and the Universe functions. KS5 physics begins studying matter at a very small scale, building on acquired GCSE knowledge of fundamental particles, to modules concerning gravitational fields and mechanics. Throughout all the topics pupils will learn problem solving skills that will help you in many future careers.

Physics at our school has become increasingly popular, with each year pupils applying to Russel Group universities to study engineering, architecture or physics based subjects. During the course of their studies, pupils can attend the Sussex Study Experience designed to enrich the pupil’s knowledge of physics or engineering at an undergraduate level. Pupils also have the opportunity to visit CERN in Switzerland.

Last academic year 50% students achieved an A*- B and 100% attained an A*-C.

Pupils study AQA syllabus, specification for which can be found at http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-7407-7408-SP-2015.PDF

In year 12, pupils study the following topics:

· Particles and radiation – the fundamental properties of matter, radiation and energy.

· Waves – understanding everyday applications to fundamental discoveries.

· Mechanics and materials – A starting point for many future careers i.e. engineering, transport and technology.

· Electricity – from basic principles to calculations.

In year 13, pupils study the following topics:

· Further mechanics and thermal physics – building on AS topics with circular motion and material properties.

· Fields and their consequences – The similarities and differences between gravitational, electric and magnetic fields.

· Nuclear physics – developing the understanding of the nucleus.

· An Option of:

o Astrophysics

o Medical physics

o Engineering physics

o Turning points in physics

o Electronics

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is a popular subject at St George’s, which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and workplace.  The AQA qualification offers students an engaging and stimulating introduction to the study of psychology, combined with the academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.  Associated careers include teaching, nursing, human resources, marketing, and clinical psychology.

Psychology exam results from the academic year 2016-17 are 100% A*-E, and 82% A*-C. Past students have successfully completed the Nuffield Health work experience placement in their chosen area of psychological study. The department organises student visits to Universities for taster days, as well as conferences linked to areas of study.  Topics studied across the two-year course are listed below, as well as the link to the specification taught here at St George’s.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

  1. Social Influence
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Approaches in psychology
  6. Biopsychology
  7. Research Methods
  8. Issues and Debates in psychology
  9. Gender
  10. Schizophrenia
  11. Aggression

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"This is an excellent resource, compiling A* Model Essay answers for all topics studied across the two years."