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Science

Course Leader:Mr Matthew Briscoe
BSc

The study of science fires students’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought.

Students learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

Biology

Biology is a GCSE qualification that is taught at key stage 4 (years 9 to 11) for students doing the triple science awards and an A Level qualification that is taught at key stage 5 (years 12 and 13) and is the study of living organisms, divided into many specialised fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, origin, and distribution.

Chemistry

Chemistry is a GCSE qualification that is taught at key stage 4 (years 9 to 11) for students doing the triple science awards and an A Level qualification that is taught at key stage 5 (years 12 and 13) and is the branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances.

Physics

Physics is a GCSE qualification that is taught at key stage 4 (years 9 to 11) for students doing the triple science awards and an A Level qualification that is taught at key stage 5 (years 12 and 13) and is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.

The subject matter of physics includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.

Psychology

Psychology is an A Level qualification that is taught at key stage 5 (years 12 and 13) and is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Students study psychopathology, attachment, memory and social influence.

Psychopathology is the study of the reasons why people may be abnormal. There are 3 main definitions including deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately and deviation from ideal mental health.

Attachment examines how our attachments in childhood affect future behaviour and actions. Childhood attachment can be affected by the primary caregiver, social factors, quality of care and time spent in day care. These findings differ widely depending on culture.

In memory student explore what it is in terms of multiple stores of memory and models explaining these. They look at capacity, duration and encoding in the short-term memory and long-term memory and how best to improve memory.

Within social influence students study conformity and how people act in different situations, with particular interest in obedience and how both relate to everyday life.

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