Science, Mathematics & Computer Science

Biology

Biology at London Brookes College is an exciting and challenging subject. We offer our students an outstanding educational experience through a combination of high quality teaching, plenty of classroom practicals and a wide range of science excursions and visits.

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of biology ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. AS and A Level Biology is ideal for learners who want to study biology or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.

London Brookes College also offers a Medical School Programme, that has been designed to give students the best possible chance of entering a UK medical school.

Chemistry

Chemistry is a very popular subject at London Brookes College and is often studied in conjunction with other sciences. Our class sizes are kept small so that everyone can keep pace and receive the attention needed to reach their full potential. We provide plenty of opportunity for students to put theory into practice. We aim to deepen their understanding of Chemistry and prepare them for their final examination and hopefully a career in the field.

Physics

Studying physics gives you a fascinating insight into the universe, looking in depth at how it came into existence and the scientific principles which govern our world. This is a challenging but very rewarding course for anyone who enjoys problem solving and wants answers to the big questions about space, time, matter and energy.

You will use maths skills and scientific reasoning to find answers to your questions about how the world works. This exciting and challenging course is highly regarded by universities and future employers. Physics just like mathematics can open a whole range of careers not only in sciences but also in finance and banking.

Environmental Physics is a very important and growing field as sustainability becomes more and more relevant in today’s climate. To cope the continued urban growth we will need to invent new ways to manage cities and make them more effective. The convergence between digital technology and the world of energy, or Energy 3.0, will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services which will enable both a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption. The exciting new field of smart cities opens a whole new set of possible career paths for Physics and other sciences students.

The AS and A level topics include: mechanics, materials, electricity, waves, quantum physics, further mechanics, fields, thermal physics, nuclear and particle physics, amongst others.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics

 Mathematics is seen as a key skill at London Brookes College and the faculty is fully resourced with an incredible teaching team.

A Level Mathematics develops a set of transferable skills. These include the skill of working with mathematical information, as well as the ability to think logically and independently, consider accuracy, model situations mathematically, analyse results and reflect on findings.

Learners can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and these skills equip them well for progression to higher education or directly into employment.

At AS level, teachers can choose from three different routes to AS Level Mathematics: Pure Mathematics only, Pure Mathematics and Mechanics, or Pure Mathematics and Probability & Statistics.

At A Level, teachers can also choose from different routes to A Level Mathematics depending on the choice of applied mathematics (Mechanics and/or Probability and Statistics).

The Further Mathematics syllabus is intended for high ability learners who have achieved, or are likely to achieve, a high grade in the A Level Mathematics examination. Knowledge of the whole content of the A Level Mathematics syllabus is assumed. Learners will find that the additional time spent studying Further Mathematics will support their understanding of A Level Mathematics.

Computer Science

The aim of the AS and A Level Computer Science syllabus is to encourage learners to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and how computer programs work in a range of contexts.

Learners will study topics including information representation, communication and Internet technologies, hardware, software development, and relational database modelling. As they progress, learners will develop their computational thinking and use problem solving to develop computer-based solutions using algorithms and programming languages. Studying AS and A Level Computer Science will help learners develop a range of skills such as thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically.

They will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies.