Natural Sciences at Oxford College
Oxford College | Ages 15 - 17
Natural Sciences is the perfect course for students with a passion for understanding how the universe works. During the course, students will focus on three core science subjects: chemistry, physics and biology. These subjects are studied with the objective of better understanding the laws of the physical world around us, as well as developing the English language skills necessary to describe them.
Natural Sciences enables students to develop a better understanding of the natural world, by giving equal attention to chemistry, biology and physics throughout the course. Through this approach, students can explore new areas of science and build on their existing scientific knowledge further. We also want students to develop a newfound confidence in articulating their thoughts and findings so as part of our Time to Shine programme, students will also learn how to present scientific findings to an audience.
From Darwin’s original supposition of the evolutionary nature of animal species to modern scientific evidence for it, this module explores how and why animals have evolved over the hundreds of millions of years of their existence. From telltale signs such as types of mimicry, to modern evidence such as DNA matching, students will learn how evolution went from theory to fact.
Earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago, but was a much different planet in its early years to the one it is now. This module examines what gases and elements constituted Earth’s early atmosphere, and examine modern scientific techniques that let us peer into the biochemistry of the distant past.
In this research module, students will be given a project to research one of Earth’s ecosystems, and asked to prepare a presentation which explores their chosen ecosystem’s characteristics, as well as the human impact on the ecosystem.
Modules are given for example purposes and are subject to change.