LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: OCR

WHY CHOOSE PHYSICS?
Across the country, of all the A Levels taken over the last 5 years only 4% of them were Physics! Yet Physics is a widely accepted qualification for any area in which numeracy and logical thinking are important, including business. Be one of the few people with this qualification and stand out.
Physics is the fascinating study of how the Universe works on a fundamental scale. It requires an inquisitive mind and in return rewards you with a deeper understanding of how the world functions. From the forces experienced on a daily basis to the enigmatic quarks and photons that make up the microscopic Universe, via black holes, nuclear fusion and the physics of your television! The subject matter offers endless
opportunities for learning.
A Level Physics also promotes and develops many skills that will be essential in any number of future careers or academic courses. A fondness for mathematics is essential, as we apply mathematical reasoning to the workings of the Universe and it is through this that numeracy and logical thinking is developed. In addition, you will apply your problem-solving skills to a wide range of situations, both practical and theoretical, which will enhance your independent thinking and your resilience.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To give a broad understanding of laws of nature that govern our Universe
To give depth of understanding within some very important areas of the laws of nature
To develop a competency in using experimental evidence to develop theories

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 1: Foundations of Physics; Mechanics; Waves; Electricity; Quantum Physics.
Year 2: Circular Motion and Oscillations; Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic Fields; Thermal Physics; Astrophysics; Medical Physics; Nuclear and Particle Physics.
In addition, we develop practical skills in physics throughout the two years.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

For AS, two exams at the end of Year 1:
Breadth in Physics (1h 30m; 50%)
Depth in Physics (1h 30m; 50%)

For A2, three exams at the end of Year 2:
Modelling Physics (2h 15m; 37%)
Exploring Physics (2h 15m; 37%)
Unified Physics (1h 30m; 26%)

SUGGESTED READING:
We provide course text books for a deposit of £20 per year (fully refundable on the return of the books in appropriate condition)

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
The skill set that is naturally developed throughout the course of an A Level in Physics can take you anywhere!
For those with a real passion for the subject, it can lead to various degrees in Physics at University; but it is also a commonly-studied subject by those wishing to go on to engineering, architecture, various medical courses and other science-related degrees. Physics is also viewed upon very highly by other careers outside the sciences due to the skills required to be successful in the subject. It is therefore known as a facilitating subject because it opens doors to any area of employment or academia.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: OCR

WHY CHOOSE CHEMISTRY?
Chemists get to ask some great questions, from “If I set this on fire what will happen?”, “How can I stop this disease killing people?”, “If I combine these elements together in the right way can I create something totally new?” to “Can I make this medicine taste like bubble gum?” It’s all part of the job.
Chemists conduct experiments to study how elements work in different conditions, test how they mix, and work out what they are made up of right down to the tiniest particle. The results can be ground-breaking, colourful, explosive, or almost impossible to see. Chemists use their experiments and knowledge to develop medicines, foods, fabrics and other materials, from neon lights to shatterproof glass.
They also use it to understand the world around us, from why leaves change colour to discovering invisible pollutants in the air. Pick up a can of soft drink and you’ll find chemistry everywhere, from the metal can you’re holding, to the paint used to cover it and the liquid inside. Just breathe in and out and you’re performing a chemical reaction, which is a little scary, but pretty great too…

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to one another.
Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing and interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 1: Atoms and reactions; Electrons, bonding and structure; Periodic table; Physical chemistry; Core organic chemistry.
Year 2: Physical chemistry; Transition metals; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis.
In addition, we develop practical skills in chemistry throughout the two years.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
For AS, two exams at the end of Year 1:
Breadth in Chemistry (1h 30m; 50%)
Depth in Chemistry (1h 30m; 50%)
For A2, three exams at the end of Year 2:
Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (2h 15m; 37%)
Synthesis and analytical techniques (2h 15m; 37%)
Unified Chemistry (1h 30m; 26%)

SUGGESTED READING:

The suggested course text books are:

Pearson - OCR AS/A Level Chemistry A Student Book 1: ISBN-10: 1447990781
Pearson - OCR A level Chemistry A Student Book 2: ISBN-10: 1447990811

Other books which support the course include:

OUP - A Level Chemistry A for OCR Year 1 and AS Student Book: ISBN-10: 0198351968
OUP - A Level Chemistry A for OCR Student Book: ISBN-10: 0198351976

Hodder Education - OCR A level Chemistry Student Book 1: ISBN-10: 1471827062
Hodder Education - OCR A level Chemistry Student Book 2: ISBN-10: 1471827186

 

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Chemistry is sometimes known as the ‘central science’ because it helps to connect physical sciences, like Mathematics and physics, with applied sciences, lie biology, medicine and engineering. The careers chemistry can leadyou to are diverse including: Chemical Engineer, Healthcare, Forensic Science, Research Science, Chartered Certified Accountant, Teacher or Science Writer.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: OCR

WHY CHOOSE BIOLOGY?
Studying biology will enable you to appreciate the complexity of the living world ranging from whole ecosystems right down to the molecules that form life itself. It is an intellectually demanding, yet, rewarding subject.
In the first year of the course we will begin by studying the fundamentals of biology. This will take us through the complex molecules that living organisms use to form the structures within their cells. We will look in detail at the cell and how it is organized to carry out the processes for life. Following on from this we will study the heart and lungs through the use of dissection to learn how substances enter and are moved around the body. Studying evolution, evolutionary relationships and biodiversity will impress on you the importance of bringing all that you have learned over the year together to see biology as a far-reaching yet interconnected subject. 
The second year of the course builds on your studies from year one. You will be expected to apply what you already know to a range of fascinating areas such as the process by which organisms make high energy molecules in photosynthesis and how that energy is released to perform vital functions in respiration. You will study genetic inheritance, the control of gene expression and also consider the ethical implications of genetic engineering, amongst other technologies, that will have

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will develop the skills of the science of life from a molecular level through to the interaction of organisms in ecosystems. You will also learn the skills needed to understand how ideas are developed.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 1: Cell structure, division and differentiation; Biological molecules; Enzymes; Exchange and transport; Biodiversity; Evolution; Disease.
Year 2: Communication; Homeostasis; Respiration and photosynthesis; Cellular control and inheritance; Biotechnology; Ecosystems; Populations and sustainability.
In addition, we develop practical skills in biology throughout the two years.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
For AS, two exams at the end of Year 1:
Breadth in Biology (1h 30m; 50%)
Depth in Biology (1h 30m; 50%)
For A2, three exams at the end of Year 2:
Biological Processes (2h 15m; 37%)
Biological Diversity (2h 15m; 37%)
Unified Biology (1h 30m; 26%)

SUGGESTED READING:
We provide course text books for a deposit of £20 per year (fully refundable on the return of the books in appropriate condition)

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Biology is an important subject for many science based courses and careers. The range of professions the course can lead to includes those linked to medicine, plants or animals. Specific careers could include dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, pharmaceuticals,biotechnology, research, zoology, psychology, physiotherapy, nursing, botany and environmental science.