A-Level Art is held in high regard at Yavneh, with many of our students going on to Art Foundation and degree courses at some of the UK’s most prestigious Art schools, from Chelsea College of Art to Central Saint Martins and Leeds. We follow the Fine Art Specification with Edexcel, with a focus on drawing and painting skills. As with GCSE, the course is made up of two units; coursework, which accounts for 60% of the total grade and a timed test, accounting for 40% of the total grade. Students learn how to work with oil paints and how to create various sculptural outcomes, with access to the school’s workshop and assistance from our Art Technician. Students are encouraged to attend exhibitions and London galleries regularly, in addition to their annual study trip. The second year of the A-level course has an essay aspect, which requires students to talk confidently and informatively about Art, supported by accompanying artwork. They also work with new media and are encouraged to diversify in their subject matter and focuses.
Biology is a natural science and is concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. Whilst all the theory is covered there is a strong practical element where pupils develop their skills both to work independently and collaboratively. The A-Level Biology course will appeal to students who like solving problems within the context of planning and conducting investigations; will enjoy devoting private study time to the background reading of biological reviews and other scientific articles; are keen to develop the skills necessary to work safely with apparatus, biological material and living organisms; have an appreciation of life and living organisms and an interest in technological applications and their ethical, social, economic and environmental implications. A-Level Biology is an excellent preparation for entry to degrees leading to careers in medicine, osteopathy, homeopathy, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, pharmacy, agriculture, horticulture, food industry, forensic science, environmental science, botany, freshwater and marine biology, applied biology, ecology, sports science, genetics, optics, microbiology and biochemistry. The following topics will be covered on the A-Level Biology course
Paper 1 and 2 (each paper contributes 35% of A-Level grade)
In both of these papers students will be assessed on any content from Topics 1 – 4.
o Topic 1: Biological molecules examines basic understanding of monomers & polymers, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, ATP, water and inorganic ions.
o Topic 2: Cells examines eukaryotes, prokaryotes and methods of studying cells, as well as transport across the cell membrane along, cell recognition and the immune system.
o Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment examines gas exchange, digestion and absorption, and mass transport in both animals and plants.
o Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms examines DNA, genes and chromosomes, DNA and protein synthesis, genetic diversity, species and taxonomy and biodiversity within a community.
Paper 3 (30% of A-Level grade)
In this paper students will be assessed on any content from Topics 1 – 8.
o Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms examines photosynthesis, respiration, energy and ecosystems and nutrient cycles.
o Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments examines internal and external stimuli, and how they are detected, nervous coordination, skeletal muscles and homeostasis.
o Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems examines inheritance, mathematical models of populations, evolution leading to speciation and populations in ecosystems.
o Topic 8: The control of gene expression examines alteration of the sequence of bases in DNA, control of gene expression, using genome projects and gene technologies.
The A-Level Chemistry course will suit students who are focussed, able to think laterally, have good mathematical skills and an ability and desire to question results and analyse data. Chemists need to be methodical in their approach as practical work often needs to be repeated numerous times until the desired results are obtained. Therefore a student who has the drive to continue at a problem until the desired result is achieved will do well. Students use their knowledge and understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts to explain different aspects of contemporary chemistry such as pharmaceuticals. Students will be required to sit the following three papers at the end of Year 13, in addition to passing a series of practical assignments in lessons.
Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (30% of A-Level grade)
o In this unit students will examine the following topics: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Bonding and Structure; Redox I; Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table; Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substances; Organic Chemistry I; Modern Analytical Techniques I; Energetics I; Kinetics I; Equilibrium I; Equilibrium II; Acid-Base Equilibria; Energetics II; Redox II; Transition Metals.
Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry (30% of A-Level grade)
o In this unit students will examine the following topics Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Bonding and Structure; Redox I; *Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table; Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substances; *Organic Chemistry I; Modern Analytical Techniques I; Energetics I; Kinetics I; Equilibrium I; Kinetics II; Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry III, Modern Analytical Techniques II.
Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry (40% of A-Level grade)
o Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics covered in units 1 and 2, and will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topic areas.
o This paper will also include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods that will draw on students’ experience of the core practical’s covered in the A-Level course.
In Key Stage 5 pupils who have studied the GCSE are able to take the AQA A Level in Computer Science. As with the GCSE there are two papers and a Non Examined Assessment (NEA), but Paper 1 is done on screen and tests a student’s ability to program in Python as well as their ability to think algorithmically. The second paper is a written exam and tests a wide range of topic including computer architecture, dealing with big data sets and the fundamentals of databases. The NEA is project based. Students select a real world problem and work with an individual or organisation to program a solution which solves it.
Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the Economic World and a sound knowledge of its underlying principles. The course focuses on:
The study of A Level Economics will appeal to students who are curious about the world they live in and are interested in using tools that will help them analyse economies, markets, businesses and individuals – how they interact and the reasons for their successes and failures. An interest in mathematics and current affairs are essential.
KS5 – English Literature AQA spec A
This is a traditional A-level. It is highly regarded academically and is particularly favoured for Oxbridge candidates. The course includes the study of prose, poetry and drama from across the periods, from Chaucer to post 2000 literature. In Year 13, students are able to choose two texts of their own to study for the coursework component, providing the opportunity for them to pursue the literature that feeds their passion; this is accompanied by two examinations on texts set by the exam board. Reading, debating and research skills are all utilised to their fullest, and lessons are very different to other A level subjects, in that student discussion is at their core. To find out more about the course click here
The A Level Geography course as of September 2016 is broken down into three components of work. Over the two years pupils will study both unit 1 and unit 2 simultaneously with separate teachers. Unit 1 is entitled Physical Geography and is delivered by Mr Hodgkinson covers: Water and Carbon Cycles, Hot Desert Environments and ecosystems under threat. It will be assessed in one 2 hours 30 minute exam and is worth 40% of the A Level. Unit 2 is entitled Human Geography and will be taught by Mr Newbey and covers: Global systems and governance, Changing Places and Contemporary urban environments. This paper is 2 hours 30 minutes and makes up 40% of the overall A Level. The third unit is titled Geographical Investigation and is a coursework piece based around and individual pieces of fieldwork. This unit accounts for 20% of the overall A Level and is done over the summer break between year 12 and 13. The new A Level is very much geared towards university and will push a student’s knowledge and understanding of Geography. It is an exciting time to be a Geographer.
The AS course (Year 12) consists of two units, each contributing 50% towards the final AS grade (and 25% towards the full A level grade). Both units are both examined through a 1 hour 20-minute written examination taken at the end of Year 12. Unit 1 (People and Politics) introduces students to the key channels of communication that exist between government and the people and encourages students to evaluate the adequacy of the existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation. In this unit students explore Democracy and Political Participation, Party Policies and Ideas, Elections and Pressure Groups. Unit 2 (Governing the UK) introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK and encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance. In this unit students explore The Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and Judges and Civil Liberties.
The A Level course (year 13) also consists of two units, each contributing 50% towards the final A2 grade (and 25% towards the full A level grade). Both units are examined through a 1 hour 30-minute written examination taken at the end of Year 13. Unit 3C (Key Themes in Political Analysis) is a study of “Representative Processes in the USA” which introduces students to key themes in political analysis. Topics explored in this unit include Political Parties, Pressure Groups, and Racial and Ethnic Policies. Finally, Unit 4C (Extended Themes in Political Analysis) is a study of “Governing the USA” which aims to extend students’ understanding of key themes in political analysis. Topics explored in this unit include The Constitution, Congress, Presidency and the Supreme Court.
The A Level History course is broken down into for units of work. In Year 12 pupils will study both Paper 1 and Paper 2 simultaneously with separate teachers. Paper 1 is entitled Britain 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement and this option comprises a study of the key features 17th century Britain including the English Civil War and the emergence of Oliver Cromwell. Paper 2 is entitled Russia in Revolution 1894-1924 and this option comprises a study in depth of the causes, course and consolidation of the Russian Revolution of 1917, which had a momentous effect on twentieth-century Russia and throughout the modern world. In Year 13 pupils will complete Paper 3 which is entitled Germany 1871-1990 united, divided and reunited. Together, the breadth and depth topics explore the ways in which Germany evolved as a new state in Europe undergoing dramatic changes of fortune, set within broader long-term social and economic developments (after 1945, these focus on West Germany). A dynamic empire ended in a brutal war and defeat; out of the ashes of imperial Germany, first a democratic republic and then an extraordinary dictatorship came into being, followed once again by democracy and finally a new unity in 1990. Pupils will also complete their coursework in Year 13. The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. The topic of the coursework will be the Causes of the (October) Russian Revolution.
Students learn a range of language skills: the ability to communicate confidently in Hebrew, to understand and respond to written Hebrew, to translate coherently from Hebrew into English, and English into Hebrew. They will learn to structure essays using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language and to display critical thinking and analytical skills. All lessons are conducted in Modern Hebrew and emphasise the importance of translation, reading comprehension and essay writing.
The topics covered in the course are very varied. They include the media, family issues, religion, social issues, environmental issues, science & society, crime and punishment, education, employment & unemployment, law and order.
The second year of the course introduces literary and non-literary texts, ranging from subjects such as Individuals in the mirror and in society, literary representations of historical events and topics, democracy and citizenship in Israel or communities, ethnic groups and religions in Israel.
We will be reading pieces written by leading contemporary Israeli writers such as David Grossman, Savyon Librecht or Amos Oz, and gaining an insight into the rich tapestry which makes up Israeli society of today. Minimum B grade in GCSE Modern Hebrew required,
SYLLABUS: EDEXCEL 8371/9371/8372/9372
Mathematics is a very popular A-Level at Yavneh College. It is an essential qualification for a wide number of careers and university courses (e.g. Maths, Economics/Business, Science and Social Sciences) and is highly valued by employees because of the problem solving nature of the discipline.
Students study three units at AS-Level and three units at A-Level. There are a variety of combinations of these units which lead to a full A-Level in Mathematics some of which are compulsory. Each unit is assessed by a 1½ hour written paper, all of which are equally weighted.
Students studying for AS or A Level Mathematics at Yavneh College study units C1, C2 and D1 in Year 12, and C3, C4 and either M1 or S1 in Year 13. C1 is one of the compulsory papers and is the only non-calculator paper.
Students studying for AS or A Level Further Mathematics study units FP1, M1 and S1 in Year 12 and units FP2, M2, S2 and either FP3, M3 or D2 in Year 13.
From September 2017, students will study the new two-year courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics (Edexcel 9MA0 and 9FM0). For the A-level there will be three equally weighted two-hour papers, two in Pure Mathematics and one in Mechanics and Statistics. For Further Mathematics there will be four equally weighted 1½ hour papers, two in further Pure Mathematics, one in mechanics and one in statistics.
All A-Level pupils take part in the Senior Maths challenge run by the UKMT (United Kingdom Maths Trust).
Physics is so fundamental that there is scarcely a single area of modern life which is not affected by its theories and applications. It is the science of matter and the universe around us and is the basis of all developments in high technology and engineering. A-Level Physics will appeal to students who have an interest in how the universe works, from the smallest particles to the motion of the planets; like solving practical and theoretical problems whether working alone or as part of a team; and enjoy fitting complex facts and ideas into simple working models. The A-Level Physics course has a large practical element and covers 8 compulsory topics and 1 additional optional topic. All three papers are examined at the end of Year 13.
Paper 1 (34% of A-Level grade)
o 1: Measurements and their errors examines the use of SI units and their units, limitation of physical measurements and estimation of physical quantities.
o 2: Particles & radiation examines particles, electromagnetic radiation & quantum phenomena.
o 3: Waves examines progressive and stationary waves, refraction, diffraction and interference.
o 4: Mechanics and materials examines force, energy and momentum, and materials.
o 5: Electricity examines current electricity.
o 6.1: Further mechanics examines periodic motion.
Paper 2 (34% of A-Level grade)
o 6.2: Further mechanics examines thermal physics.
o 7: Fields and their consequences examines gravitational fields, electric fields, capacitance and magnetic fields.
o 8: Nuclear physics examines radioactivity.
Paper 3 (32% of A-Level grade)
o Section A: Short and extended answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.
o Section B: Short and extended answer questions on one of the following optional topics. The choice of topic will be based on the academic expertise of the teacher.
o Astrophysics examines fundamental physical principles which are applied to the study and interpretation of the universe.
o Medical physics examines the application of physical principles and techniques in medicine.
o Turning points in physics explores the discovery of the electron, wave-particle duality, and special relativity.
o Engineering physics examines the application of physics in engineering and technology by extending understanding of rotational dynamics, thermodynamics and engines.
o Electronics examines discrete semiconductor devices, analogue signal processing, operational amplification, digital signal processing and data communication systems.
The two year A Level in Psychology covers a range of topic areas. These are assessed across 3 papers, each contributing equally towards the final A level. The course enables students to develop the analytical skills needed to excel in Higher Education and provides an excellent foundation for most career options, particularly those involving dealing with people, such as teaching, the Police Force, law, medicine, journalism, advertising, public relations and social work.
The Unit 1 exam ‘Introductory Topics in Psychology’ covers four topics which are taught during year 12. Memory examines the structure of human memory, the reasons why people forget, factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony and improving the accuracy of memory. Attachment examines explanations of attachment, cultural variations in attachment, disruption of attachment and the effect childhood attachment has on adult romantic relationships. Social influence examines explanations of conformity and obedience to authority, as well as explanations of independent behaviour and the role of minority groups in social change. Psychopathology examines definitions of abnormality as well as biological and psychological explanations of the cause and treatment of phobias, depression and OCD.
The Unit 2 exam is ‘Psychology in Context’. There are three sections to this. Approaches in psychology examines the origins of psychology and assumptions of the biological, psychodynamic, behavioural, cognitive and humanistic approaches. Firstly research methods examines the way that psychologists design and analyse the data collected from investigations and also includes inferential analysis of data. Biopsychology examines the structure and functions of the nervous system and endocrine system, as well as localisation of functions in the brain and biological rhythms. Biopsychology examines the structure and functions of the nervous system and endocrine system, as well as localisation of functions in the brain and biological rhythms.
The Unit 3 exam is on ‘Issues and Options in Psychology’. This paper begins by covering current issues and debates in psychological research such as cultural bias, reductionism vs holism and free vs determinism. Students are then examined on three topics that their teachers have chosen from a selection. Relationships examines theories relating to the formation, maintenance and breakdown of relationships, as well as research into virtual relationships and para-social relationships. Eating behaviours examines explanations of food preferences and the control of eating behaviour, as well as biological and psychological explanations of anorexia and obesity. Addiction examines explanations for smoking and gambling addiction, risk factors in the development of addiction, as well as interventions used in the treatment of addiction.
The two year A Level in Sociology covers five main topics: family, education, beliefs, crime and deviance, and theory and methods. These are assessed across 3 papers, each contributing equally towards the final A level.
The Unit 1 exam is titled ‘Education with Theory and Methods’. The education topic examines the role and function of the education system, different educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society, relationships and processes within schools and the significance of educational policies. There is a ‘Methods in Context’ component to this paper, which provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of sociological research methods to the study of education. Theory and methods explores the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic and method; consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories; concepts of modernity and post-modernity; science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific; the relationship between theory and methods; debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom; the relationship between Sociology and social policy.
The Unit 2 exam is ‘Topics in Sociology’. For the first part of the paper, students will answer questions on Families and Households. This is the first topic studied in year 12 and examines the relationship of the family to social structures and social change; state policies; changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce; gender roles within the family; the nature of childhood and UK demographic trends since 1900. The second part of the paper covers Beliefs in Society and examines ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions; the relationship between social change and social stability, religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements; the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world.
The Unit 3 exam is on ‘Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods’ which examines crime, deviance, social order and social control; the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class; globalisation and crime in contemporary society; crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment; victims, and the role of the criminal justice system. It also includes further questions on Theory and Methods.