The Science team comprises:
Mr Simon Jolley (Head of Department)
Mrs Amanda Bayliss
Miss Christine Hughes
Mr Peter Langley-Ellis
Mrs Rebecca Churchill
Mrs Sarah Lilley
Mrs Nicky Clarke
Mrs Cathy Upchurch (Senior Technician)
Mr Ian Fleming (Technician
Mrs Sharon Fitzmaurice (Technician)
What do students study?
Sidmouth College runs AS and A Level courses in each of the three Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The advanced level Biology course emphasises the way in which scientists work and the contributions of science to modern society. It includes the study of ‘traditional’ topics such as cells, biological molecules and human physiology as well as encompassing exciting new advances in gene technology and how human activities affect the ecological balance.
Many chemical molecules and materials are studied in depth at A Level because of their importance in our increasingly diverse and technological world. Students study the theory behind atoms and compounds to help explain chemical reactions; find out why some reactions are explosive and others go unnoticed; learn the importance of organic or carbon chemistry in the medicines and pharmaceutical industry; discover the chemistry of alcohol, and the synthesis of lifesaving medicines; learn about green Chemistry and climate change.
AS Level offers students a broad vision of Physics as it is today. It provides a broad introduction to Physics and its uses, prepares the way for further study and focuses on the wide range of future careers for which Physics is valuable.
Carefully balancing technological and applied approaches to Physics in use, the A Level course deepens understanding of crucial ideas, giving students a wide-ranging and fundamental view of the nature of matter and the Universe. Mathematics in Physics is further developed using modelling software.
How are students assessed?
- Unit 1: Biology and disease, 1¼ hour exam (33% of AS marks; 17% of A2 marks)
- Unit 2: The variety of living organisms, 2¼ hour exam (47% of AS marks; 23% of A2 marks)
- Unit 3: Investigative and practical skills, including AS practical exam (20% of AS marks; 10% of A2 marks)
- Unit 4: Populations and environment, 1½ hour exam (17% of A2 marks
- Unit 5: Control in cells and in organisms, 2½ hour exam (23% of A2 marks)
- Unit 6: Investigative and practical skills, including A2 practical exam (10% of A2 marks)
- Unit 1: Foundation Chemistry (1¼ hour exam 16⅔ % of total A2 marks)
- Unit 2: Chemistry in Action (1¾ hour exam 23⅓ % of total A2 marks)
- Unit 3: Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry (coursework, internal assessment, 10% total A2 marks)
- Unit 4: Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry (1¾ hour exam 20% of total A2 marks)
- Unit 5: Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry (1¾ hour exam 20% of total A2 marks)
- Unit 6: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry (coursework, internal assessment- 10% total A2 marks)
- Unit 1: Physics in Action (Exam) 15%
- Unit 2: Understanding Processes + Experimentation and data handling (Exam) 25%
- Unit 3: Physics in Practice Quality of measurement & Physics in use (Coursework) 10%
- Unit 4: Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe (Exam) 15%
- Unit 5: Field and Particle Pictures (Exam) 25%
- Unit 6: Researching Physics (Coursework) 10%
Contact Head of Department, Mr Simon Jolley for further information: