Chemistry A Level at The Folkestone School for Girls
A-Level Chemistry gives you the opportunity to study a core of key concepts in greater detail. Many of the ideas first covered at GCSE will be revisited, but with a greater emphasis on explaining, rather than simply describing the behaviour of molecules. Topics include Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, Energetics, Mole Calculations, Kinetics and Organic (carbon) Chemistry. While studying GCE Chemistry you will develop practical skills that include making observations, collecting data, analysing experimental results and formulating conclusions. You will also gain an appreciation of how scientific models develop and evolve, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that BTEC Health & Social Care (Level 3 National Extended Certificate) Pearson Entry Requirements: GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language. Course Content: Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (externally assessed unit). We study every age range, from conception through to old age, and consider how different life factors impact on our lives. Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives (internally assessed unit). In this unit, you will learn about the different psychological perspectives that have been put forward and how these approaches have influenced thinking and practices in meeting and supporting service user needs. Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (externally assessed unit). This unit will help you to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (internally assessed unit). This unit introduces you to the values and issues that need to be considered when planning care and support that meet the needs of an individual in a social care environment. Assessment: Units 1 and 2 are externally assessed through written examinations which are both 1½ hours long. The external assessment carries a weighting of 58%. Units 5 and 11 are assessed through internally-marked assignments and carry a combined weighting of 42%. BTEC Sound Engineering (Level 3 Extended Certificate) Edexcel Pearson Entry Requirements: Some experience playing an instrument or singing and an interest in music technology. Course Content: 5 units to include: • Live Sound • Studio recording techniques • DAW production • Working and Developing as a Production Team • Mixing and mastering techniques Assessment: DAW production is externally assessed through a composition task using technology and is a third of the qualification. All other units are teacher assessed and moderated. Page 10 Computer Science AQA Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. Studying Computing at GCSE level is not a requirement, however, if you have studied GCSE Computing, you will need at least a Grade 6, which shows that you have an aptitude for the subject. Course Content: This course covers the fundamentals of computer science and develops a high level of programming skills. By the end of Year 12 you will be writing complex programs to solve given problems. Much of the theory will involve the use of software to explore different computational ideas. The coursework component is completed during Year 13. At the heart of program design is the skill of problem solving. A large part of this qualification is the development of your problem-solving skills and your ability to think. Assessment: Paper 1: 40% of A-level. Written exam of 2.5 hours. Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer booklet. Paper 2: 40% of A-level. Written exam of 2.5 hours answering short and extended answers to questions. Non-exam assessment (coursework): 20% of A-level. Students solve or investigate a practical problem. Dance AQA Entry Requirements: GCSE Grade 6 or above in Dance. Course Content: Choreography: Students must learn how to create an original piece of choreography, in response to an externally set task. Performance: Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform as a soloist in the style of a practitioner and how to perform as part of a quartet. Critical engagement: The areas of study and set works provide an appropriate focus for students to critically engage with dance and understand the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance. Assessment: Component 1: Performance and Choreography: practical exam 50% Component 2: Critical Engagement: written exam, 2 hours 30 minutes Science brings and the ways in which society uses Science to make decisions.
GCSE Grade 6 or above in Biology or Chemistry, or Trilogy: Combined Science. However, a Grade 7or 8 is strongly recommended.
Paper 1: Inorganic & Physical Chemistry (AS Level) Paper 2: Organic & Physical Chemistry (AS Level) Paper 1: Further Inorganic & Physical Chemistry + AS content (A2 Level) Paper 2: Further Organic & Physical Chemistry + AS content (A2 Level) Paper 3: All topics including experimental techniques (A2 Level) You will also undertake a number of Core Practicals throughout the year to gain a separate ‘Practical Endorsement’
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