Science

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. 

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

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF

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.

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

CHEMISTRY

In Chemistry at KS5, we develop knowledge and skills from KS4. We introduce them to a wide range of new topics from fundamental Chemistry to innovative new concepts. The curriculum provides students with the change to engage with topics that are linked to real world problems, such as climate change. Through practical assessments students are able to conduct investigations and acquire important laboratory skills and techniques. A minimum of 12 practical activities form an integral part of the course. 

Chemistry is an excellent subject to study, it provides a platform to study many degrees at University and can lead to many varying degrees in science. Chemistry at our school has been extremely popular and successful. Students who study Chemistry go on to study a wide range of science based degrees from Biochemistry and biomedicine to forensic science. Chemistry is a requirement to study Medicine at University and many of our students go on to study medicine. 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. Students through studying chemistry at A level develop excellent skills in problem solving that can set them up for a wide variety of other degrees and careers.

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

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chemistry/specifications/AQA-7404-7405-SP-2015.PDF

In year 12, pupils study the following topics:

Physical Chemistry

  • Atomic Structure, Kinetics, energetics, equilibrium and redox reactions.

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Periodicity, Group 2 and group 7.

Organic Chemistry

  • Alkanes, Alkenes, Halogenoalkanes, alcohols and organic analysis.

In year 13, pupils study the following topics:

Physical Chemistry

  • Rates, thermodynamics, equilibrium, electrochemical cells, acids

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Transition metals and reactions of aqueous ions.

Organic Chemistry

  • Optical isomerism, Aldehydes, ketones, Carboxylic acids, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins, DNA, Organic synthesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance and chromatography.

 

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.

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. 

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

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/psychology/specifications/AQA-7181-7182-SP-2015.PDF

Topics studied across the two-year course are listed below, as well as the link to the specification taught here at St George’s.

  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

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is a vocation or work-related qualification. The course is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the science and technological sectors alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. The scientific field is an exciting and constantly changing environment, with a wide range of opportunities. This course aims to equip students with many skills which are recognised and desired in all science and technological sectors.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one GCE A Level. You can reach 56 UCAS Tariff points with a Distinction*.

There are four units in total, two units per academic year. Each year will consist of one exam unit and one coursework unit.

In Year 12 the two units studied are:

1  Principles and Applications of Science I

A Periodicity and properties of elements (Chemistry)

B Structure and functions of cells and tissues (Biology)

C Waves in communication (Physics)

2   Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

A Undertake titration and colourimetry to determine the concentration of solutions.

B Undertake Calorimetry to study cooling curves.

C Undertake Chromatographic techniques to identify components in mixtures

D Reflection as a scientist

 

In Year 13 the two units studied are:

Scientific Investigation Skills (Externally Assessed)

-Planning a scientific investigation

-Data collection, processing and analysis/interpretation

-Drawing conclusions and evaluation

-Essential Practicals: Enzymes in action, Diffusion of molecules, Plants and their environment, Energy content of fuels, Electrical circuits

Human Regulation and Reproduction (Internally Assessed)

 - Interrelationships and nervous control of the cardiovascular and     respiratory systems

- Homeostatic mechanisms used by the human body

- The Role of hormones in the regulation and control of the reproductive system

 

Pupils study Pearson’s syllabus, specification for which can be found at:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Applied-Science/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938164_BTECNat_AppSci_ExtCert_Spec.pdf