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The AS Courses will begin on the 22nd of July, 2019 and run for 3 weeks.
AS/Year 1 Timetable
Week 1 - Atomic Structure and Periodicity
Atoms, electrons, shells and orbitals.
Ionic, Covalent, Metallic Bonding. Electronegativity, polarity and Intermolecular forces.
Giant Structures, simple molecules
Group 1, Group 2 and Group 7
Shapes and Bond Angles
Week 2 - Calculations in Chemistry
Chemical Formulae and Balancing Equations,types of Reactions including Redox Reactions and Equilibria, Acids and Bases
Calculation of Masses, Moles and Gas Volumes, Titration Calculations, Water of Crystallisation
Oxidation numbers,Percentage Yield, Atom Economy
Week 3 - Organic Chemistry
Green Chemistry, greenhouse effect, ozone depletion
Week 1 - Core
Indices, Surds, Algebra (Linear Equations and Linear Simultaneous Equations), Binomial Expansion, Co-ordinate Geometry
Graphs and Transformations. Quadratic expressions, equations and inequalities. The Discriminant, Completing the Square. Factor and Remainder Theorem.
Trigonometry - Graphs, Identities and Quadratic Equations
Logarithms, Differentiation and Integration
Circular Measure, Circles, Sectors, Geometry.
Week 2 - Mechanics
Newton I - Equilibria, Moments
Constant Acceleration, Projectile Motion
Differentiation and Integration. Non-uniform Acceleration
Week 3 - Statistics
Central Tendency and Spread
Correlation and Regression
Probability, Conditional Probability,Venn Diagrams, Tree Diagrams etc..
Permutations and Combinations. Binomial Distribution
This course is suitable for students who want to get ahead for Medical School. The techniques you learn here will also help you cope with Medical School. The structured approach
trains students into independent, efficient learners. You'll meet past students who are or have studied at top universities and they'll give you advice on your A level year and applying for
university. The feedback from the Easter course was that is was extremely useful.
The course runs from the 22nd of July to the 31st of August, 2019. The first three weeks will cover the AS specification and the last 3 weeks will cover the A2 specification. The course is ideal if you want to get ahead and study your AS levels or A levels over the summer. The advantage of studying over the summer is you can then gain much more from your school year and spend the year gaining deeper knowledge and perfecting your exam technique. Topics are interwoven to aid retention.
Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry are highly competitive so any advantage you can gain will increase your chances of getting a place and will increase your A level predictions, particularly if you think you may have difficulty achieving the highest grades. For some students the gap between GCSEs and A levels takes a while to bridge and if they have not been bridged by the school mock exams that typically takes place in January or February, A level predictions tend to be disappointingly low and this will affect your university entry.
You will also get a chance to talk to current and past students about how they coped with their A level years and about their experiences in university.
Mathematics requires structure and discipline. There are three aspects of mathematics. Skill acquisition, knowledge of mathematical principles and problem-solving. Skill acquisition takes practice. A knowledge of mathematical principles comes with understanding and appreciation, and problem-solving strategies are something you can develop over a short period of time and continuously apply.
It is important you understand the foundations of chemistry. Only then will everything else logically fit into place. The AS level content is straightforward and intuitive and up to 45% of the chemistry course involves calculations. Competence in these calculations can be achieved over time which is why it is useful to start practising early.
Physics is about the behaviour of physical entities described using base and derived quantities. All objects are modelled as particles and the simplified model enables predictions to be made about the behaviour of the objects. The mathematics required for physics is fairly rudimentary, generally involving rearranging formulae and substitution.
This is a complex A level requiring a broader skillset of memorisation, comprehension and written communication. There is a substantial amount of data analysis involved and this A level builds and develops scientific thinking. For example, the appreciation that correlation does not mean causation or recognising when a scientific study is inconclusive because it is incomplete develops the students' critical thinking. As with all the sciences, observation is paramount as is appreciating the importance of the obvious.
Can you afford not to ....
AS/A2 3 weeks
One Subject £1250
Two Subjects £2850
Three Subjects £3800
A Level 6 weeks
One Subject £2500
Two Subjects £5700
Three Subjects £7600
They did it...
Congratulations to those students who got A*s in Chemistry, Biology and Maths and are now studying Medicine.
Also congratulations to Sunil for graduating as a Dentist.
Study Tip of the Week
Maths A Level
Think of Maths A level as being Maths Up-to-A Level. Identify the A level content and Identify what is prior knowledge. That way things don't seem so hard.
Medicine and Dentistry - A calling.
When you embark on this journey, make sure you are prepared. It is a long, hard road, but if you enjoy it or it's your calling, you'll not notice or not mind the work. Be sure it is absolutely what you want to do before embarking down this road,
but also note, there are many opportunities for people with Medical Degrees in the Research or Corporate world.
Interview Process Queen Mary/Barts
Possibly a panel interview in front of 3 people (usually 2 staff members and 1 current student). The interview lasts around 15 mins and general questions are asked.
Typical questions might be:
What could you contribute to our university/students union?
What makes a good doctor/dentist?
What qualities do you have?
These are generally the types of questions given, not really anything to try throw candidates off. Try and have a conversation and not sound too rehearsed. Also looking at some research papers or articles of interest to discuss could be helpful.
The course takes place in Wraysbury, Berkshire, which is just a few miles from Windsor and close to Heathrow Airport. There is an nice pool to swim in or relax by during breaks and pizza delivery usually takes less than 40 minutes.
Course tutor: I have been teaching successfully for many years. A lot of my students have gone on to do Medicine and Dentistry even though they did not have the predictions. Unfortunately, this meant they had to wait a year before entering university. By previewing the course, the chances of getting the right predictions are dramatically increased. I have also had to take student from poor AS grades to A/A*. As you can imagine, this can be quite a hard task.
Previewing the lessons in the summer holidays removesa lot of the stress and increased the students chances of getting a high grade. The lessons are fun, intense and stimulating. Most of the time its so enjoyable, we don't realise how hard we are working or just how much content we are getting through.
The students are taught to be highly efficient learners, they need these skills for university where there is even more content. 'Strategic learning' techniques are really important for retention, and you see dramatic changes in students when they stop working inefficiently.
I'm looking forward to the summer courses. Easter was a lot of fun and we got through a ton of work!
The exam boards we study include OCR, AQA and Edexcel.