Collyer's College Prospectus

Biology A Level (OCR) Biology is the study of organisms in terms of the way they function and how they relate to each other and to their environment. A Level Biology deals with a variety of life processes with including: cell biology, biochemistry, evolution and biodiversity, physiology, immunity and disease. Additionally, A Level students build on the first year with more complex study including: neurology, genetics and genetic engineering, ecology and homeostasis together with a detailed study of respiration and photosynthesis. The second year of the A Level will come with a separate practical endorsement. After completing this course students will have gained a valuable insight into many branches of Biology. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 6 in Combined Science + Maths Grade 6 OR Biology Grade 6 + another science Grade 6 + Maths Grade 6. Business A Level (AQA) This subject covers all aspects of business decision-making and modern business theory. The areas involved range from interpreting company accounts, finance, personnel management, marketing, economics and other external factors such as the legal and ethical background to business activity. You will use a range of quantitative techniques to support your evaluation and analysis of material. IT and communication skills will be developed for presentation of your work but the assessment is based on 100% examination. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in Maths + Grade 4 in English Language. Chemistry A Level (OCR) Chemistry is the study of matter at the atomic level, the changes that matter undergoes and the fundamental natural laws that define these changes. Chemistry continues to play a major role in shaping modern life: from the design and synthesis of therapeutic drugs, to the latest hydrogen fuel celled vehicles. So much relies upon the advancements made in the field of chemistry. The A Level course takes students from the fundamentals of formulae writing, writing equations and basic calculations, through to more advanced ideas in organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. Central to the course is the completion of practical work to develop and expand on the theoretical content. Chemistry combines very well with Mathematics and other science subjects, including Biology, and will lead to degree courses in: Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and Pharmacy amongst others. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 6 in Combined Science + Maths Grade 6 OR Chemistry Grade 6 + another science Grade 6 + Maths Grade 6. Computer Science A Level (AQA) This course is designed to appeal to students whose interest in computers goes way beyond the application of ICT. Students will learn to develop algorithms and will implement these using a variety of programming paradigms including procedural, object oriented and functional techniques. Python is the main language used, but other languages will be experienced throughout the course. For Non Examined Assessment (NEA), students will develop and apply their programming skills to develop a computer system for a real end user. At this stage many students choose to teach themselves a new programming language and/or to program for a different hardware platform (e.g. mobile phone applications). As well as devising and coding algorithms, students will study data representation, computer systems, computer architecture, communications, networking and database theory. The course does require the ability to think logically as well as having the enthusiasm and tenacity to stick with a really tricky problem until it is solved. Students will be expected to have studied Computer Science but self-taught programmers, who can demonstrate their ability to code at the required level, will also be considered. Computer Science is a subject that combines very well with Electronics and Maths (A Level Maths is a requirement for most Computer Science degree courses). There are two exams at the end of the second year: on-screen exam (40%) and written paper (40%). Coursework is worth 20% of the overall marks. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 in Maths + Grade 6 in Computer Science (If no Computer Science GCSE, students must have very good programming skills which will be assessed). ACADEMIC COURSES 16 Isobel Hall Previous School: Millais Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Art and Design Textiles “I am taking a Gap year before going onto study Medicine (hopefully at Oxbridge). I shall be volunteering at a hospital in Ghana and also working out there with a Woman’s Textile Charity and Co-operative. I found this opportunity through the Colleges Not Going to Uni event which was very instrumental in helping me decide my next steps. I found that Collyer’s had lots of advice about progression, Oxbridge Conferences, UCAS Exhibition trips and one to one help with my personal statements and application forms. I feel prepared for the future.”

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