Subject Information

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Biology

Exam Board:   AQA
Entry Requirements:   

6+ in double award Science GCSE trilogy or Biology

5+ in Maths, 5+ in English Language or Literature   

The main aims of this course are to:
  • Teach biology with a new and innovative approach to deliver the biological content, putting greater emphasis on the practical and application side of biology.
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of biological concepts together with an appreciation of their significance, and the skills needed for their use in new and changing situations.
  • Provide opportunities for an appreciation of the social, moral and ethical complexities of many current biological issues as well as enabling students to evaluate and use arguments about the place of biology in society.
  • Sustain and develop an interest in the study of living organisms and a respect for them.
  • Be a suitable preparation for biological studies in higher and other educational establishments.
Year 12 topics:
  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchanges substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

This will then be assessed at the end of the first year with all student sitting the AS exam. This consists of two papers that cover the content of all four topics. 

Year 13 topics:
  1. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  2. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  3. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  4. The control of gene expression

Assessment for the A level qualification takes place at the end of Year 13 and comprises the following:

  • Paper 1 – any content from topics 1- 4 (35%)
  • Paper 2 – any content from topics 5 – 8 (35%)
  • Paper 3 – any content from topics 1 – 8, including an extended essay question (30%)
  • Practical Competency. Skills assessed through practical Investigations in class - No Exam, 0% of total A-Level but required in order to be eligible for Pass Grade.
Contact Name:  Dr E Smith    elsmith@lampton.org.uk

Chemistry

Course:   AS and A Level

Exam Board:    OCR – Chemistry A

Entry Requirements:   6+ in double award GCSE Science trilogy or Chemistry

    5+ in Maths, 5+ in English Language or Literature    

 

Course description:

Chemistry is the study of the interaction and interrelationship of the physical world on a molecular level. You will study how atoms exist and react which leads to the intricate balance of matter in the universe. It combines a theoretical understanding of chemical principles with an in depth study of the applications of chemistry in the modern world. You will also develop a high degree of competency in laboratory work, and will have the opportunity to sharpen your minds and develop the skills needed to interpret and critically evaluate data.

Classes are taught between two teachers in specialist laboratories using a wide variety of resources. Lessons combine theory with laboratory work, including an opportunity to enhance your skills of group work, team building and development. It is integral that you are committed to private study.

Assessment Components:

*Component 1= Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry

100 marks – Examined on Modules 1,2,3 and 5. – 2hrs 15mins Exam

37% of Total A-Level.

*Component 2 = Synthesis and Analytical Techniques

100 marks – Examined on Modules 1,2,4 and 6. – 2hrs 15mins Exam

37% of Total A-Level.

*Component 3 = Unified Chemistry

70 marks – Examined on All Modules 1-6. – 1hrs 30mins Exam

26% of Total A-Level.

*Component 4 = Externally Assessed Practical Competency

Skills Assessed throughout Practical Investigations in Class – No Exam

0% of total A-Level but required in order to be eligible for Pass Grade.

Why you should consider this course:

Chemistry A-Level is a requirement if you want to be a doctor, dentist, pharmacist or veterinary doctor, but it is a very useful A-Level to have if you want to pursue any other career in Science and Technology. It is also very important if you want to follow other career paths, as Chemistry will demonstrate that you have a high aptitude to problem solving, analysing data and the ability to critically evaluate conclusions, trends and patterns.

We have close links with industry, particularly GlaxoSmithKline and LGS (Laboratories of Government Scientists), and encourage students to attend seminars at UCL, Imperial, Kingston and University of Reading.

Contact Name: Dr E Smith, esmith@lampton.org.uk

English Language & Literature

Exam Board: Edexcel​

Entry Requirements:   5+ and a 6+ from English Language and English Literature

Course description:

Year 12 study:

Voices in Speech and Writing: the study of an anthology of a variety of digital and non-literary texts

Varieties in Language and Literature: Society and the Individual: the study of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald & Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

This will then be assessed at the end of the first year with all student sitting two 1.5h AS exams.  There is no coursework in the first year.

Year 13 study:

Voices in Speech and Writing: a) Comparison: Anthology texts & ‘unseen’ prose non-fiction texts on the same theme; b) a modern drama text (A Streetcar Named Desire)

Varieties in Language and Literature: Society and the Individual:  a) an ‘unseen’ prose’ non-fiction element; b) a comparison of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald & Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Coursework assessment: Investigating and Creating Texts - students study a chosen topic (free choice): 

  • two texts relating to their chosen topic; one fiction and one non-fiction text. They produce two pieces of creative writing plus a commentary.

At the end of the second year all students will sit two 2.5h exams that cover the content from both the first and second years.  The coursework represents 20% of your final A-Level grade.

Why you should consider this course:

The knowledge gained of a range of literary and linguistic approaches and applications complements study of other subjects at A-Level while also preparing you for the rigours of English studies at degree level. This is recognised as a demanding academic subject by both universities and future employers in areas such as teaching, public relations, social work and research. Did you know that actress Emma Watson, Disney CEO Michael Eisner and film director Stephen Spielberg are all English graduates?

Contact Name: Dr M McLaughlin, mmclaughlin@lampton.org.uk

English Literature

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: 5+ and a 6+ from English Language and English Literature

Course description:

Year 12 study

Poetry and Drama - students study one modern dramatic tragedy (A Streetcar Named Desire) and a selection of contemporary poetry from a post-2000 anthology.

Prose: ‘The Supernatural’ - students study two novels on the chosen theme: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Beloved by Toni Morrison.

This will then be assessed at the end of the first year with all students sitting a 2h exam on poetry and drama (60% of AS grade), and a 1h exam on prose (40% of AS grade).  There is no coursework in the first year.

Year 13 study

Drama: a Shakespearean tragedy (Othello) and critical essays from an anthology related to their selected Shakespeare play.   

Poetry: a range of pre-21st century poetry from a particular poet or theme (we currently study the Romantic poet John Keats).

Coursework assessment: study of The Bloody Chamber and Other Tales by Angela Carter plus another text of students’ choice linked by theme, producing a 2500-3000 word comparative essay.

At the end of the second year students will be assessed with a 2h15m exam on drama covering both first and second year content (30% of A-Level grade), a 2h15m exam on poetry covering both first and second year (30% of A-Level grade), a 1h exam on prose from the first year (20% of A-Level grade).  The coursework represents 20% of the final A-Level grade.

Why you should consider this course:

English Literature is a widely recognised as an academic subject and complements other areas of study at A level. The analytical writing and research skills you acquire through this course are valued by employers; English Literature is a “facilitating” A level when applying to top universities and is useful for careers such as journalism, teaching, public relations, advertising and research. Did you know that actress Emma Watson, Disney CEO Michael Eisner and film director Stephen Spielberg are all English graduates?

Contact Name: Dr M McLaughlin, mmclaughlin@lampton.org.uk

Extended Project Qualification

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: 6.5+ average GCSE score; 5+ in English Language or English Literature

Course description:

The Extended Project allows learners to study a topic area which extends their learning in their preferred area of study. Learners will select their own project topic which expands their knowledge and understanding of an aspect of their studies, or one that is relevant to their own personal interests - in other words, students are in control of your own learning!. Learners will be assessed on their ability to plan, manage, complete and review their project.

The project is developed over a period of approximately 18 months – during this time students will receive timetabled classes that help to develop skills of enquiry, academic research and production, in addition to 1:1 support from the class teacher. 

Some examples of EPQ project titles – the choice is 100% the choice of the student:

  • What is psychopathy in psychological and scientific terms? What causes someone to become a psychopath?
  • ‘The Death Penalty as is practiced in some American States is an infringement of Human Rights'. Discuss.
  • Has the UK government and World Health Organisation dealt with the recent Ebola Outbreak efficiently and does it still remain a threat?
  • Explore the extent to which Luhrmann's 2013 adaptation promotes the values of the American Dream.
  • How is architecture affected by the need to make buildings earthquake‐resistant?
  • Is face blindness a genetic disorder?
  • What effect does exercise have on child development?
  • Is the widening income distribution gap as bad to society as it appears?
  • What plausible explanations are there regarding the bee decline and how could this problem be resolved? 

Why you should consider this course:

The Extended Project Qualification is a great way of developing the research skills that are sought after by prospective universities.  It is a challenging course that aims to stretch students to push beyond the bounds of ‘taught’ subjects, and to instead rely on your enquiry skills. 

This is above all else though an independent endeavour – students will need to be resilient and creative in their approach to their studies – hence the high esteem in which the most competitive universities hold the EPQ.  Many universities will lower the A-Level grades for a student who has successfully completed the EPQ, and many students find that having an EPQ to discuss in university interviews has been an invaluable method of proving their interest, expertise and skills in their subject.

Contact Name: Dr M McLaughlin, mmclaughlin@lampton.org.uk

Film Studies

Exam board: Eduqas

Entry Requirements:  5+ in English Language or Literature. It is not essential to have studied GCSE Film or Media.

Course Description:

In the first year of study the course consists of three elements – film-making coursework, and then two theory units on US film and global film.

At the end of the first year of study you will sit two exams each representing 35% of your AS grade, and the practical coursework represents 30% of your AS grade

In the second year of study students will go into more depth on their film-making coursework, and will continue their theoretical study of film by examining British Film and Varieties of Film.

At the end of the second year of study you will sit two exams that cover content from both theory units from across the two years of study – each exam represents 35% of your A Level grade, while the coursework from across both years represents 30% of your final A Level grade.

Why you should consider this course:

Cambridge University have endorsed the importance of film and media by beginning a brand new BA in Film. The film and media worlds have an enormous impact on our lives. Television, newspapers, gaming, social networking, films, magazines are all vital aspects of the way we communicate in society today. Understanding how we use, and are used by the film and media, is of fundamental importance in the 21st Century.

After the finance sector, the film, media and creative industries are the largest and fastest growing in London. The main growth areas within Hounslow Borough are; IT and digital Media; Media and Broadcasting. According to a recent survey amongst employers Hounslow has a skills shortage or skills gaps in the following areas: IT and digital Media; Media and Broadcasting; and the Creative industries. So there are many opportunities for later employment in Film and Media. Employment in the film and media worlds is richly rewarding, offering variety, constant change, creativity and challenge.

Year 12 and 13 film students have access to state of the art media facilities to do film and edit as part of their coursework. These include over 40 Apple iMac computers running the latest professional standard software, such as Final Cut Pro, which is widely used in Hollywood, and Photoshop, which is the industry standard image software for all creative and media companies. Students have access to a fully lit green screen studio which has been used by industry professionals to train our students.

Finally, Lampton Film and Media Studies students always achieve exceptionally well. They frequently get the highest grades of A and A*, with many students in 2017 attaining grade A answers in the examinations. Consequently, media and film are very popular subjects in the school.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

In addition to the many career opportunities opened up, A-Level Film Studies may also help you to access a range of university courses in many of the top Russell Group universities: Media, Film Studies, Communication studies, Sociology, Psychology, Journalism, English, Art, Photography, and Animation.

Contact name: Miss L Moxon-Holt, lholt@lampton.org.uk

Mathematics & Further Mathematics

Exam Board:                          Edexcel

Entry Requirements:           7+ in Maths

            6 will be accepted where students are able to complete transition material

 

Course Description:

The course has been reformed and composes of two-thirds Pure Mathematics, and one-third covers Mechanics and Statistics

Year 12 

Pure Mathematics: Algebra, Series, Graphs, Trigonometry, Calculus, Coordinate Geometry, Radian Measure and Logarithms

 Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics of a Moving Particle, Equilibrium, Uniform Motion, Momentum and Friction

Statistics: Modelling, Representations of Data, Correlation, Regression, Discrete Random Variables, Probability, Normal Distribution 

Students will be assessed at the end of Year 12 through the AS Level examination, and so will sit a 2h Pure Mathematics exam and a 1h exam covering both Mechanics and Statistics.

Year 13  

Pure Mathematics: Algebra, Functions, Exponentials, Graphs, Trigonometry, Calculus, Parametric Equations and Vectors

Mechanics: Vectors, Equilibrium, Uniform Motion, Work, Energy, Power, Momentum, Centres of Gravity and Friction

Statistics: Binomial & Poisson Distributions, Continuous Random Variables, Continuous Distributions, Hypothesis Testing  

At the end of Year 13 students will sit two 2h Pure Mathematics exams, and a 2h exam in Mechanics and Statistics.  All three A-Level exams will cover content from both Year 12 and Year 13. 

FURTHER MATHEMATICS AS / A LEVEL

 

Entry Requirements:           8+ in Maths

7 will be accepted where students are able to complete transition material

This is a two-year course offering the chance to gain a highly prestigious A-Level. This course is only for the best Mathematics students who have proved their ability to handle abstract concepts in GCSE Mathematics.

Further Mathematics is composed of four modules in the linear course. 50% of the course is the mandatory Pure content. There are then two other choices which could be Further Pure, Mechanics, Statistics and/or Decision Mathematics.

Contact Name: Miss B Al-Surraj (bsurraj@lampton.org.uk)

Mathematics in Context

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: 5+ at GCSE Mathematics

Course Description:

The one year course is broken down into four assessment objectives. Over the year, these objectives are taught in different contexts.

The course is relatively new and has been designed to support students interested in studying GCE A Level Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Computing, Geography, Psychology, Business and IT.

Application of Statistics: Moving Averages, Quartiles, Dependent & Independent Variables, Line of best fit, Spearman's Rank, Product Moment Correlation Coefficient

Probability: Probability Distributions, Tree Diagrams, Venn Diagrams, Conditional Probability, Probability Notation

Linear Programming: Simultaneous Equations, Plotting Graphs, Sketching Graphs, Solving Equations, Solving Inequalities

Sequences and Growth: Compound Interest, Types of Graphs, Indices, Linear and Quadratic Sequences, Recurrence Relations, Arithmetic Series, Geometric Series

Year 12

The above assessment objectives are explored in Social Media, Society, Sport, Clothing Industry and Finance. At the end of Year 12, students complete a project utilising skills they have learnt throughout the first year of their course.

At the end of Year 12, students will sit two 1h40mins papers, which both allow the use a calculator. The first paper covers the comprehension aspect of the content that students have learnt and this is worth 40% of their AS Level. The second paper covers the application aspect the content learnt and this is worth 60% of their AS Level.

Contact Name: Miss B Al-Surraj (bsurraj@lampton.org.uk)

Modern Foreign Languages

FRENCH, GERMAN & SPANISH AS / A LEVEL

                                           

Exam Board:  Eduqas (WJEC)

Entry Requirements:  6+ in GCSE French / German / Spanish, with 6+ in Writing.

The syllabus introduces learners to advanced language studies and provides an engaging and inviting opportunity for learners to build on their previous study of French/ German/ Spanish.

Through social, intellectual, and cultural themes, learners will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries/communities where the language is spoken.

The opportunity to study literature and film will allow learners to develop a critical understanding of a work and its language structures, and to increase their cultural awareness as part of an integrated approach to language learning.

A strong focus is placed on building learners' confidence and fluency in spoken French / German / Spanish using relevant and topical themes.

Course Description:

The specifications cover two main areas of interest:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.

Each area of interest is divided into themes that will be covered over the duration of the course.

Students will also have tuition with the Foreign Language Assistant individually or in small groups. Cultural experiences e.g. cinema, theatre, internet and videos are a valuable feature of the course.

 

Year 12

Areas of interest

Social issues and trends

Political, intellectual and artistic culture

Themes

 

 

 

Sub-themes

Being a young person in French/ German/ Spanish -speaking society

 

· Families and citizenship

· Youth trends and personal

· Education and employment opportunities

 

Understanding the French/ German/ Spanish -speaking world

 

· Regional culture and heritage in France/ Germany/ Spain, and in Target Language speaking countries and communities.

 

· Media, art, film and music in the French/ German/ Spanish -speaking world

Year 13

Areas of interest

Social issues and trends

Political, intellectual and artistic culture

Themes

 

Sub-themes

Diversity and difference

 

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating
  • Discrimination and diversity

GCE  A Level French

France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years

 

GCE  A Level German

The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards

 

GCE A Level Spanish

The two Spains: 1936 onwards

 

 

Assessment:

This qualification is made up of three components:

  • Component 1 is a speaking assessment.
  • Component 2 combines listening, reading and translation.
  • Component 3 assesses the learners' response to a literary work or a film from a prescribed list.

Students will be assessed on their progress across all three components with an AS exam, and  then at the end of the second year students will sit their final A Level exams covering content from the three components from across the two years of study.

Why you should consider this course:

  • Modern Foreign Languages are highly valued by universities, particularly those in the Russell Group.  
  • In addition to gaining the linguistic skills to communicate with people speaking a different language, you will discover different ways of thinking, seeing and relating to the world.  
  • Learning languages helps you to appreciate diversity, enhances your sense of social responsibility.
  • By learning another language, you will become better at your own language.  
  • Scientific studies demonstrate that studying another language has a positive impact on brain development and functioning. It enhances creativity, memory, problem solving skills, and ambiguity tolerance. It has been even demonstrated that the onset of Alzheimer's disease is delayed in bilingual people as compared to monolinguals.
  • The value of foreign languages is widely recognised by employers and educationalists.  Studying a language to A-Level is obviously useful if you wish to pursue a career specifically related to languages.  However, competence in other languages is a ‘must’ now in many other fields of work, for example, law, business, journalism, science and engineering.
  • Having a language can increase your salary from 8% to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

“In today’s world, English graduates without languages are at a real disadvantage,” (Anny King, Emeritus Director, Language Centre, Cambridge University).  We think the course is interesting, enjoyable, challenging and relevant to the needs of our students.

 A survey conducted with our Year 13 students shows that they judge our A-level course (topics and methodology) to prepare them well for the demands of further education.

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