Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR

Course name: AS /A2 Computer Science

Contact: ZAM@moseley.bham.sch.uk

General Information

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. It will help develop computational thinking, problem solving skills, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Aims:

Focus on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

Course Outline

AS Level

The AS qualification has two units, Computing Principles and Algorithms and Problem Solving. Both units are tested with a written exam worth 50% each.

Year 12 AS Level Assessment
Unit 1 – Computing Principles Exam
Unit 2 – Algorithms and Problem Solving Exam

A2 Level

The A2 qualification will allow students to build on previous knowledge and demonstrate their understanding of computer programming. The three units are Computer systems, Algorithms and programming and a Programming Project.

Year 13 A2 Level Assessment
Unit 1 – Computer systems Exam
Unit 2 – Algorithms and programming Exam
Unit 3 – Programming project Project


Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, particularly in Software Engineering and Computing related fields.

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and breaktimes throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

Biology

Exam Board: Eduqas (part of WJEC)

Course name: A Level Biology

Contact: LLK@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Saving threatened species, studying microbes, growing organic plants for food, curing diseases, the 21st Century offers many challenges to a biologist. Which ones are you interested in?

New knowledge in areas such as genetics, molecular biology, the environment and marine science have effects on human society and the environment all over the planet. The world moves quickly, in order to move with it and participate fully people need to be “in the know”.

Studying biology gives you the skills and opportunities to advance human knowledge and understanding in today’s world, in order to make a difference to tomorrow’s world in places as diverse as laboratories, the ocean, zoos, classrooms and industry.

Course Outline

Component 1: Energy for Life

Includes subjects such as:

The importance of ATP, Respiration, Photosynthesis, Microbiology, Populations, ecosystems and the human impact on the environment.

33% of qualification.

 

Component 2: Continuity of Life

Includes subjects such as:

Evolutionary relationships, cell division, sexual reproduction in plants and humans, inheritance, variation and applications of reproduction and genetics.

33% of qualification.

 

Component 3: Requirements for Life

Includes subjects such as:

Adaptions for gas exchange, transport, nutrition, the nervous system, homeostasis and the kidney.

Plus a choice of one option from these three:

Immunology and Disease
Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Neurobiology and Behaviour
33% of qualification.

 

Throughout these three strands core concepts will also be examined. These include the following topics:

  • Biological compounds
  • Cell structure and organisation
  • Cell membrane and transport
  • Enzymes
  • Nucleic acids and their functions.

Practical work will be assessed throughout the two year course. At the end of which depending on your performance you will either receive an A level in Biology with or without the practical endorsement.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

This year two very talent biologist went to the University of Birmingham to study Medicine and to Aston University to study dentistry respectively.

Recent students have taken degrees in Biomedical Science, Natural Science, Pharmacy and Psychology.

 

Where can you get more information?

www.eduqas .co.uk

www.advancedbiology.org

www.newscientist.com

www.bbcfocusmagazine.com

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

There is also opportunity for students to help pitch science to our younger students though their involvement in the KS3 science club that runs during a lunchtime slot.

 

What past students have said about studying Biology at Moseley:

“It was an absolute pleasure having you as my bio teacher for 2 consecutive years. I certainly enjoyed your lessons and I surely learnt a lot, and I hope my appreciations will show up on results day.

I am planning on coming back after exams to help out some of the year 12’s who are potentially applying to Medicine.

Once again, it was an honour”

Chemistry

Exam Board: AQA

Course name: Chemistry

Contact: JMU@moseley.bham.sch.uk

General Information

The teaching and learning programme within the course is driven by the investigation of motivating contemporary chemistry contexts.

You will study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media and affect your life. You will develop the knowledge and understanding to explain many different aspects of contemporary chemistry including:

  • climate change
  • green chemistry
  • pharmaceuticals
  • chemistry research

The study of chemistry develops analytical problem solving skills that are in great demand from the world’s best regarded universities and employers. This specification emphasises the fundamental chemistry concepts needed for progression into higher education and employment.

Course Outline

Year 12 AS Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Inorganic Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Organic Chemistry and relevant practical skills

Year 13 A2 Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Inorganic Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Organic Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • The course is now linear and all exams for A-Level are taken at the end of the two years, there will be an opportunity for certification those pupils who only want to complete AS at the end of the first year.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Recent students have taken degrees in Chemical engineering, Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Where can you get more information?

www.edexcel.com

www.newscientist.com

www.bbcfocusmagazine.com

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

Physics

Exam Board: AQA

Course name: Chemistry

Contact: JMU@moseley.bham.sch.uk

General Information

The teaching and learning programme within the course is driven by the investigation of motivating contemporary chemistry contexts.

You will study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media and affect your life. You will develop the knowledge and understanding to explain many different aspects of contemporary chemistry including:

  • climate change
  • green chemistry
  • pharmaceuticals
  • chemistry research

The study of chemistry develops analytical problem solving skills that are in great demand from the world’s best regarded universities and employers. This specification emphasises the fundamental chemistry concepts needed for progression into higher education and employment.

Course Outline

Year 12 AS Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Inorganic Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Organic Chemistry and relevant practical skills

Year 13 A2 Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Inorganic Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Organic Chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • The course is now linear and all exams for A-Level are taken at the end of the two years, there will be an opportunity for certification those pupils who only want to complete AS at the end of the first year.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Recent students have taken degrees in Chemical engineering, Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Where can you get more information?

www.edexcel.com

www.newscientist.com

www.bbcfocusmagazine.com

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course name: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Contact: kip@moseley.bham.sch.uk

General Information

The new BTEC Nationals in Applied Science combine up-to-date industry knowledge with the right balance of the practical, research and behavioural skills you need to succeed in higher education and in their careers.

Course Outline

TOTAL: 4 UNITS

3 MANDATORY UNITS

  1. Principles and Applications of Science I (90 GLH) Written exam – Set and marked by Pearson
  2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (90 GLH) – Set and marked internally
  3. Science Investigation Skills (120 GLH) – Set and marked by Pearson

The fourth optional unit (60 GLH), assessed internally, could cover:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application
  • Astronomy and Space Science

The course will also help develop your employability skills including:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

The new BTEC Nationals in Applied Science use a combination of assessment styles to give you confidence. You can apply your knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. The range of vocational assessments – both practical and written – mean you can showcase your learning and achievements to best effect when you take your next step, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers.

GCSE Science

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course name: Edexcel GCSE Core Science

General Information

The courses have been developed carefully by practising teachers and examiners in line with the new GCSE science criteria produced by Ofqual. There is a balance in the content of the courses: there is plenty of coverage of important scientific background and theories. Also, there are opportunities for students to look at how scientific knowledge is used and applied in the modern world, for example to develop better strains of crops, to produce better materials for construction and to use in medicine to make CAT scanners. Science has always addressed many “big issues “and students will also look at key issues that they will face in the coming years, whether global warming, the use of nuclear power, or the development of cloned or genetically modified organisms. The philosophy of the course is to develop young adults who have the scientific background to understand these issues as well as to engage with them.

Year 12
The Edexcel GCSE in Science comprises four units:

Unit B1 Biology –Influences on life – Exam in June
This unit is split into three topics:

  1. Classification, variation and inheritance
  2. Responses to a changing environment
  3. Problems of, and solutions to, a changing environment

Unit C1 Chemistry in Our World – Exam in June
This unit is split into five topics:

  1. The Earth’s sea and atmosphere
  2. Materials from the Earth
  3. Acids
  4. Obtaining and using metals
  5. Fuels.

Unit P1 Universal Physics – Exam In June
This unit is split into six topics:

  1. Visible light and the Solar System
  2. The electromagnetic spectrum
  3. Waves and the Universe
  4. Waves and the Earth
  5. Generation and transmission of electricity
  6. Energy and the future.

Controlled Assessment – In class during the year

For this unit students will complete one or more controlled assessment tasks related to Unit B1, C1 or P1 content.
Each task consists of three parts. Part A is a planning activity; Part B is an observation, collecting primary and secondary evidence. Part C consists of conclusions related to the primary and secondary evidence collected in Part B.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Our world is constantly changing and evolving. There have been good changes, like the web, which has revolutionised the way information is stored and accessed. But there have also been bad changes. We have been making huge demands on the planet’s resources and the environment, and now need to find new solutions for almost everything humans do, from fuel production to waste disposal.

Studying science will prepare you for a job that will put you in the driving seat; giving you skills and knowledge to improve the world around us, and even the future of the planet.

There are lots of fascinating and crucial roles that science can prepare you for:

  • Designing ecologically friendly energy sources
  • Developing new modes of communication
  • Producing safe, environmentally friendly products, from aeroplanes to chocolate bars
  • Working with farmers to improve crop production
  • Protecting the environment and combating the effects of climate change by reducing CO2 emissions
  • Finding alternative methods for supplying clean water
  • Discovering new medicines and vaccines for treating killer diseases, techniques for surgery or gene therapy
  • And… there is still space to explore!

Where can you get more information?

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