Introduction to Science

Ref: C3528340

This course is elementary science. It covers the basic concepts and principles. Physics: Course topics will include energy force, mass, speed, heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism and how the universe works. Chemistry: Course topics will include atoms and molecules, states of matter, chemical compounds and reactions, as well as balancing chemical equations.

Additional information about this course

No class on 30/05.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce the basic concepts and principles of physics and chemistry.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with an interest in science (physics and chemistry). Learners will need a minimum Level 1 in English and an Entry 3 knowledge of maths.

What topics will this course cover

This course is elementary science. It covers the basic concepts and principles. Physics: Course topics will include energy force, mass, speed, heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism, and how the universe works. Chemistry: Course topics will include atoms and molecules, states of matter, chemical compounds and reactions, as well as balancing chemical equations.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Physics: 1. Assess the role of science, and in particular, physics, in helping us to better understand the complex, technological society of which we are a part 2. Trace the history of physics and the evolution of scientific thought from ancient to modern times 3. Define and analyze specific concepts, for example, velocity, acceleration, force and inertia 4. Discuss the various types of motion, Newton's Laws (including his Universal Law of Gravitation), the conservation laws of physics, the laws of electricity (e.g. Coulomb's and Ohm's Laws) and magnetism 5. Apply laws of motion and conservation to solve a variety of basic problems 6. Interpret the results of simple experiments and demonstrations of physical principles Chemistry: 1. Describe the arrangement of the periodic table 2. Group elements with similar chemical properties 3. Balance chemical equations 4. Arrange electronic shells/configuration

How will I know I'm making progress?

Learners will use an individual learning plan and measure their progress against this. They will be given tasks to complete to check their learning and will have individual tutorials with the tutor, as well as question and answer sessions in the class.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Learners need to have use of an AQA KS4 Science student book, revision guide and work book.

Reading and information sources

It would be beneficial to explore the BBC Bitesize KS4 Science website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh2xsbk.

What could the course lead to?

GCSE/IGCSE Science

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Introduction to Science Course Outline

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Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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