We offer Physics, Biology and Chemistry as A level subjects within this dynamic and contemporary curriculum area. These subjects are statistically amongst the hardest A-level subjects: you must be a very committed student from the get-go!
Physics is a key part of science, engineering and technology, explaining how and why things behave as they do. Although Physics is about practical things, it also seeks to explain questions spanning a vast scale, from the origin and evolution of the universe, to the sub-microscopic world of particles which form the building blocks of all materials and are responsible for the fundamental forces of nature. If you want to use your imagination, your practical ability and your creative flair, then Physics could be for you. If you are fascinated by the world about you and would like to understand more about it, or you are thinking about a career in engineering, medicine, computing, the environment, space or technology, then Physics is for you. If you have an enquiring mind, are adaptable, enjoy challenges, have strong mathematical ability and good powers of observation and if you can communicate your ideas clearly to others then Physics certainly is for you!
If you enjoy learning about the natural world, about how organisms interact and depend on each other in the environment, about how these organisms evolved then A-level Biology is for you. If you enjoy learning about the human body, how the body works at a molecular and cellular level and how the information to build a human body is passed from generation to generation, the A-level Biology is for you. It is a course that requires the development of a wide range of transferable skills such as data handling and problem solving which will provide opportunities for a range of careers and higher education courses primarily in related fields, for example medicine, biomedical sciences and the life sciences but also in other disciplines for example Law and Finance. Whenever possible students are given hands-on opportunities to develop their understanding of the subject through practical work and each year they have opportunities for off-site study through field trips, museum visits and visits to exhibitions to deepen and apply their biological knowledge.
A-level Chemistry will be an adventure of creative, collaborative thinking and a ‘hands on’ practical experience! At Tallis we have a track record of excellent results in Chemistry, having attracted students from all-over South-East London during the past 10 years. The excellence stems from high quality first teaching and a strong commitment towards raising students’ awareness of the independent study skills that they will need to acquire to be successful. A level Chemistry involves a unique combination of problem solving and mathematical rigour. Students will learn about quantum mechanics (the mystery shrouding the atom!) and relate this to the properties of the elements in the periodic table, the life affirming chemistry of carbon (10 million compounds discovered!) and how to design industrial processes to consider the rate of reaction and equilibrium effects. There will also be the opportunity for students to use degree standard apparatus in state-of-the-art laboratories. A-level Chemistry provides progression onto degree programmes in medicine, dentistry, natural sciences, engineering, and pharmacy.
At Tallis you will receive high quality teaching from professional scientists in top class laboratories who will facilitate your preferred pathways into tertiary education. In recent years our chemists have gone on to study natural sciences at Cambridge, engineering at Imperial (a student gained a Presidential scholarship) and medicine at Leeds. We have a have a rich history of extracurricular provision namely with King’s College London. Our students also performed extremely well in the Chemistry Olympiad gaining 2 gold, 8 silver and 20 bronze certificates! We guarantee you an intellectually stimulating and rewarding experience enriched with the very best in post 16 practical science.