Sixth Form is the final period of secondary education where students are being prepared for their future academic development at universities and their future careers. At Lagoon we have given our students the opportunity to continue in their education with NIS beyond their iGCSE exams. Currently we are offering the following subjects at AS level: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and ICT (Edexcel). During Y12 our KS5 students also take part in a variety of activities which develop their skills – e.g. public speaking, CV building and writing, revision techniques. In order to help our Y12 pupils with their future academic and career choices, they get to meet inspiring speakers from local universities in and outside of school; we also organize work experience in local businesses and provide them with career advice. Moreover our students also take advantage of our brand new excellent facilities, a new library, and a dedicated space for KS5 for individual study which consist of study rooms and a Common room where they can relax and socialize. Finally, Sixth Form students in co-operation with Y11 are given the opportunity to exercise leadership and working within a team within a new Prefect System which has been created in order to lead the school community and contribute towards its development.
The aims of the GCE (AS and A2) in Biology are to enable students to:
a) develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, biology including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject.
b) appreciate how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy an d society.
c) develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works.
d) develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.
Topics Covered in AS and A2:
Lifestyle, health and risk; Genes and health; The voice of the genome; Biodiversity and natural resources
The aims of the Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced Level GCE in Chemistry are to develop:
a) students’ interest in, and enthusiasm, for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry.
b) an appreciation of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
c) a deeper understanding of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works.
d) essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.
AS Content Summary:
AS level provides opportunities for students to develop the basic chemical skills of formulae writing, equation writing and calculating chemical quantities. The study of energetics in chemistry is of theoretical and practical importance. The study of atomic structure introduces s, p, and d orbitals and shows how a more detailed understanding of electron configurations can account for the arrangement of elements in the periodic table. AS develops the treatment of chemical bonding by introducing intermediate types of bonding and by exploring the nature and effects of intermolecular forces. Study of the periodic table is extended to cover the chemistry of groups 2 and 7. Ideas about redox reactions are applied, in particular, to the reactions of halogens and their compounds. Aspects of green chemistry and climate change are also studied.
A2 Content summary:
A2 level involves a quantitative study of chemical kinetics and organic reaction mechanisms. The topics of entropy and equilibria show how chemists are able to predict quantitatively the direction and extent of chemical change. The organic chemistry in this unit covers carbonyl compounds, plus carboxylic acids and their derivatives. In the second section of the A2 level students study further chemistry related to redox and transition metals.
Year 12 AS Level
In Year12 all students must take Core Mathematics with a choice of Statistics and Mechanics for the other two units. Students must be able to work independently as this demanding course requires a lot of time and dedication.
Unit 1: Core 1
Topics include: Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series and Calculus. This is a non calculator unit.
Unit 2: Core 2
Knowledge of C1 is assumed.
Topics include: Factor and Remainder theorem, Coordinate geometry of the circle and Trigonometry.
Unit 3: Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1
Topics include: Frequency tables & graphs, Random variables, Normal distribution, Matrices,Vectors and Trigonometry.
Year 13 A Level
In Year 13 the students take the remaining 3 of the 6 units to complete the A Level. Units C3 and C4 are compulsory plus one from S2 or M2 depending on what was chosen in Year 12.
Applied Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – (CIE)
Theory - Main Areas of Study The functions and uses of the main hardware and software components of ICT systems, including portable communication systems;
The ways in which organisations use ICT;
The impact on society of the use of ICT in the home;
The stages of the systems life cycle
Practical - Main Areas of Study
select the right software for the task;
communicate effectively with other ICT users using email and search for appropriate information using the internet.
prepare, create, amend and edit documents and interactive presentations
create both flat-file and relational database structures, add data, check the data entry,perform searches,
reorganise data by sorting and present calculated values based on the data.
create graphs and charts.
integrate data from several sources
output data in different forms
create and test a data model using a spreadsheet, extract and summarise data
The aims of the Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in Physics are to:
a) provide seamless progression from the Key Stage 4 programme of study and enable students to sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, physics and its applications.
b) develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and foster the development of skills in the design and execution of experiments.
c) develop essential knowledge and understanding in physics and, where appropriate, the applications of physics with an appreciation of their significance and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations.
d) demonstrate the importance of physics as a human endeavour that interacts with social, philosophical, economic and industrial matters.
e) be a suitable preparation for higher educational courses in physics and related courses.
AS - Unit 1 and 2 Content Summary:
Unit 1 involves the study of mechanics (rectilinear motion, forces, energy and power) and materials (flow of liquids, viscosity, Stokes’ Law, properties of materials, Young’s’ modulus and elastic strain energy). Unit 2 involves the study of waves [including refraction, polarisation, diffraction and standing (stationary) waves], electricity (current and resistance, Ohm’s law and non ohmic materials, potential dividers, emf and internal resistance of cells, and negative temperature coefficient thermistors) and the wave/particle nature of light.
A2 – Unit 4 and 5 Content Summary:
Unit 4 involves the study of further mechanics (momentum and circular motion), electric and magnetic fields, and particle physics. Unit 5 involves the study of thermal energy, nuclear decay, oscillations, astrophysics and cosmology.