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All pupils in the Third Form follow a Science Foundation course, taught as three separate subjects.

In the Fourth Form they start the new GCSE specifications in all three sciences, before opting at the end of Fourth Form to follow a Dual Award qualification or separate GCSEs in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The choice is made after discussion with parents and tutors and is guided by recommendations from an individual’s Science teachers. We will be following AQA specifications at GCSE.

All three sciences are available at AS and A2 Level in the Sixth Form, subject to suitably encouraging results at GCSE in either Dual Award or the chosen individual subject.

  • Biology

    Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms

    All pupils in the Third Form follow a three period per week Foundation course, which introduces the IGCSE in Biology and develops experimental skills. Pupils continue with the IGCSE in the Fourth and Fifth Form and have four periods of Biology per week. At the end of the Fourth Form students opt to follow a Dual Award or a Separate Science course at IGCSE. The choice is made after discussion with parents and tutors and is guided by recommendations from the Science Department.

    At the end of the Fifth Form all candidates take two papers in Biology; Dual Award candidates' papers are both one hour, while separate IGCSE candidates sit two 1½ hour papers. The Biology department follows the AQA specification.  

    Sixth Form 

    Pupils at Lancing opting for Biology AS and A Level follow the AQA Biology specification. Pupils are taught by two subject specialists and have eight periods per week.

    Young Medics

    Potential doctors/dentists/vets meet weekly to research the latest developments in Science and the NHS and to practise aptitude tests such as BMAT and UKCAT. Regular visits to hospitals, museums and lectures are arranged. Guest speakers and OLs are frequently invited to the Biology Department.      

    Local Visits

    Fourth Form Biologists and Upper Sixth Biologists take part in local fieldwork trips to study the Ladywell Valley freshwater stream ecology and Ovingdean rocky shore ecology respectively. The Sixth Form study is supplemented by a residential course on the Isle of Wight. As appropriate, Lower and Upper Sixth Students attend exam revision days and lectures held in London and Brighton.

    The Farm  

    The Fourth Form Biologists and Upper Sixth Biologists both study, as part of their AQA specifications, intensive farming practices and productivity. In collaboration with the Lancing College Farm Project comparisons between free range farming and intensive farming are explored. The Jubilee Conservation Biology Garden, officially opened July 2012, benefits enormously from the input and developments of the Farm’s ‘Green Group’ conservation initiatives.

    Overseas Trips 

    Sixth Form Biologists are invited on a two week summer expedition to Cuba. Isla de la Juventud, the largest island off the coast of Cuba, is an area of significant biodiversity and its monitoring programme provides valuable data needed to inform conservation management practices across the whole island. The first week is spent completing both the confined and open-water components of the PADI Open Water Dive-Training course. Our research objective is then to complete fish and benthic surveys using stereo video surveys of all the reefs of the southern Isla de la Juventud and to assess the manatee populations by direct observation and side-scan sonar in the mangrove channels. The survey work is based on research ships operating from a land-based research centre.

    Staff Position
    Mrs Phillippa S Faulkner (BSc Edinburgh) Head of Biology
    Mr Andrew M Chappell (BSc Durham)  
    Mr David J Harvey (BSc Reading)  
    Mr David N Mann (BSSc Charles Sturt)  
    Mrs Rebecca M Webber (MBA Lancaster, BSc York)  
    Mr Tim Mansfield (C&G, ONC) Biology Technician

  • Chemistry

    Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms

    All Third Form Chemists follow a Foundation course on three periods a week, giving them the opportunity to practise various laboratory techniques and carry out at least one research project.  Pupils in the Fourth and Fifth Forms have four periods of Chemistry a week. At the end of the Fourth Form, pupils opt to take either the AQA Combined Science IGCSE Award (specification code 8404) or the AQA Separate Science Chemistry IGCSE Award (code 8402). The choice is made after discussion with parents and tutors and is guided by recommendations from the Science Department. At the end of the Fifth Form all candidates take two papers in Chemistry; Combined Award candidates’ papers are both 60 minutes while separate IGCSE candidates sit two 90 minute papers.

    Sixth Form 

    Students at Lancing opting for Chemistry AS and A Level will follow the new Chemistry specification administered by AQA (codes 7404 and 7405 respectively). In 2015-16 over 40 pupils opted to take AS Chemistry, with around 75% of candidates typically continuing their studies to A2 level. The course is supported by a text book written specifically for the course (ISBN 978-1-4718-0767-1) and the Kerboodle interactive package from Oxford University Press. 

    Academic Enrichment

    The Department offers a range of academic enrichment activities, including guest speakers, competitions, visits and interactive workshops. In 2015 the following activities took place:

    • Lancing College hosted the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench Competition, with Third, Fourth and Fifth Form pupils competing against over 30 regional schools (finishing fourth overall)

    • Lower Sixth Form pupils visited Diamond Synchrotron Facility at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus (Didcot)

    • Lower Sixth Form pupils visited ThermoFisher Scientific (East Grinstead) to see how X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometers allow surface analysis at the nanoscale

    • Lower Sixth Form pupils took part in a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase workshop (supervised by the University of Sussex)

    • Upper Sixth Form pupils visited Dark Star Brewery (Partridge Green) to investigate the biochemistry of the brewery process

    • Lower and Upper Sixth Form pupils took part in the International Olympiad and Cambridge Challenge Competitions (with several Gold and Silver certificates awarded)

    Staff Position
    Dr Mark E Walsh (BSc Leeds, DPhil Oxon) Head of Chemistry
    Dr Simon R Norris (BSc, PhD Southampton)  
    Mrs Helen M Robinson (BSc Newcastle)  
    Mr Andy P Williamson (MA Oxon)  
    Mr S Reeve (BSc Keele) Chemistry Technician

  • Physics

    Third, Fourth and Fifth Form:

    All pupils in the Third Form follow a Foundation course, aimed at developing a core of knowledge common to entrants from every background. The course studies many interesting topics and introduces experimental and study skills, which will prove useful in later years. Pupils in the Fourth and Fifth Form have four periods of Physics per week. At the end of the Fourth Form students opt to follow either a Dual Award or a Separate Science course at GCSE. The choice is made after discussion with parents and tutors and is guided by recommendations from the Science Department. At the end of the Fifth Form all candidates take two papers in Physics; Dual Award candidates’ papers are both one hour, while separate GCSE candidates sit two 1½ hour papers. The Physics Department follows the AQA GCSE specification.

    Sixth Form:
    Pupils at Lancing opting for Physics AS and A Level follow the Advancing Physics specification administered by OCR and written in collaboration with the Institute of Physics. Last year 40 pupils started the AS course, of whom about 70% will be continuing to A2. The course is fully supported by a comprehensive electronic text book and learning resources available via the web and produced specifically for the OCR(B) specification.

    Visits:
    The Department organises trips and visits to lectures and scientific establishments on a regular basis. Last year for example, visits were organised to CERN, the Diamond Light research facility at Harwell, the Euro Space Centre in Belguim and regular IoP lectures at the University of Sussex.
     

    Staff Position
    Mr Giles A Preston (BAc UCLA, PhD Southampton) Head of Science,  Head of Physics
    Mr David G Cutler (MPhys Southampton)  
    Mrs Michelle S Porter (MSc Southampton)  
    Mr Glen C Thomas (BEng Bristol, MInstP)  
    Mr B Richardson Physics Technician

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