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Science

Subject: Science
Contact: Mr A Jones

Overview

Science A Levels at QPHS are popular subjects taught by subject specialists. All subjects follow the AQA specification which combine a mix of challenging theory and rigorous practical work. Many of our students go onto to study science and STEM based subjects at university.

Overview – Biology 

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA A Level Biology specification (7401/7402). The course covers all aspects of biological science ranging from cell structure to genetics to ecosystems. Students study Biology over 9 hours per fortnight and co-taught by two teachers.

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

12

Maths Work, Biological Molecules, Cells, Exchange Molecules

Immune System, Relationships between Organisms

Energy Transfers

13

Photosynthesis, Nutrient cycles, Food chains

Response, Genetics and Ecosystems

Revision

 

Overview – Chemistry 

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA A Level Chemistry specification (7404/7405). The course covers all aspects of chemical science across Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. Students study Chemistry over 9 hours per fortnight and co-taught by two teachers.

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

12

Atomic Structure, Bonding, Intro to Organic, Amount of Subs, Energetics

All Organic, Kinetics, Equilibria, Kc, Redox

Organic Analysis, Group 2 and Group 7, Properties of Period 3 and Chromatography

13

Acids and Bases, Organic, Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry

Organic, NMR, Organic Synthesis, Transition Metals, Rates

Revision

 

Overview – Physics 

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA A Level Physics specification (7407/7408). The course covers all aspects of physical science ranging from Forces to Electricity to Radioactivity. Students study Physics over 9 hours per fortnight and co-taught by two teachers. During Year 13, students follow an optional module.

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

12

Particles, Quantum Physics, Waves Electricity, Mechanics Materials, Further Mechanics, Capacitance

13

Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Thermal Physics, Nuclear Physics

Magnetic Fields and Astrophysics

Revision

Enrichment opportunities:

Key Stage 5 Revision Sessions: Days vary

Useful websites to support learning

AQA Science website
BBC Bitesize website