Oxford Academy

Year 12 and 13 Science

Physics A-level:  AQA

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-7407-7408-SP-2015.PDF

 

Physics tries to explain how the modern world works.  In year 12 students study the development of our ideas about atomic structure quantum physics, and how waves can be used to transfer energy and information.  They also study forces and and electricity, both of which are developed further in year 13, where the concept of a field underpins the whole year.  Physics is a mathematical science, so A-level maths is useful, but not essential providing you are a competent mathematician.

 

Students carry out practical work over the two years to develop both their understanding of topics and their practical skills.  They also use exam questions to gain insight into what the final examinations are like, and to measure their progress over time.  Independent learning is also an important feature of A-level.  The websites below are useful for this.

 

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

https://studywise.co.uk/a-level-revision/physics/

 

At the end of year 13 there are three 2 hour exams equally weighted.

 

Chemistry A-level: AQA

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

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

 

The A-level course builds on the foundations from GCSE, and brings mathematical rigour to chemistry.  The main focus is on physical and organic chemistry, with a small part dealing with inorganic chemistry.  In year 12, the model of the atom is developed, to explain more accurately how bonding works, and the consequences this has for structure.  Year 13 looks at the idea of equilibria, and its links to stability, acid-base chemistry and electrochemistry.  Organic chemistry is introduced in year 12 then continues into synthetic techniques and pathways in year 13.

 

Students carry out practical work over the two years to develop both their understanding of topics and their practical skills.  They also use exam questions to gain insight into what the final examinations are like, and to measure their progress over time.  Independent learning is also an important feature of A-level.  The websites below are useful for this.

 

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/chemistry-revision/

https://www.chemguide.co.uk/

 

At the end of year 13 there are three 2 hour exams weighted at 35:35:30.

 

Biology A-level: AQA

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

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

 

The A-level course builds on the foundations from GCSE and it involves looking at and exploring the structure and function of living organisms; from the building blocks of cells to whole organisms and how they interact in the environment within which they exist. In year 12 we take the time to develop the correct A level skills in terms of practical’s and ability to construct notes. The key ideas of cells of the human body and how they interact with one another is developed in year 12 and  the model of the atom is developed, to explain more accurately how bonding works, and the consequences this has for structure.  Year 13 introduces some new topics but also takes the topics that are covered in year 12 and develops them in to a deeper level of understanding.

 

Students carry out practical work over the two years to develop both their understanding of topics and their practical skills which will enable them to succeed at University.  They also use exam questions to gain insight into what the final examinations are like, and to measure their progress over time.  Independent learning is also an important feature of A-level and this has been a focus for our students to be able to develop their own skills.  The websites below are useful for this.

 

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

https://quizlet.com/subject/aqa-a-level-biology/

https://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

 

At the end of year 13 there are three 2 hour exams weighted at 35:35:30.