Physics

Mr Saayman has a B.Sc. degree in Physics Chemistry and Mathematics as well as a Diploma in Higher Education from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is an experienced teacher that has taught from GCSE level up to first year University level in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

He has done chemical research and managed to crystallize the first ever ligand complex between Tungsten and citrate.

Mr Saayman is also a keen entomologist and has discovered a new water beetle called Neomacrocoris reavelli.

He has also years of experience in water purification engineering and has been certified as an accredited instructor by the ESCOM and Allied industries training board for teaching lab personnel and water plant operators.

Mr Saayman is interested in Psychology, Philosophy, Poetry, Mathematics and all branches of Science but his favorite subject is Physics.

His passion is to teach Physics effectively and he uses a wide variety of techniques in order to ensure the best results for his students. The recent A2 results of his Physics students include 88% A and A* results.
Mr Saayman is also a passionate and very competent Mathematics AS level teacher. He has also taught A level Chemistry with excellent feedback from his students.

His wide knowledge and experience enables him to bring abstract concepts into the frame of reference of the learner and he makes sure that his classes are effective, entertaining, filled with concrete examples and interesting practical work in order to enforce the relevance of the theory.

Description of Subject

The aims of all courses in Science are to:

1. Provide, through well-designed studies of experimental and practical science, a worthwhile educational experience for all students, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level and, in particular, to enable them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to:
  • become confident citizens in a technological world and able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific import
  • recognize the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life
  • be suitably prepared for studies beyond A Level in Science, Engineering, Medicine or in Science-dependent vocational courses
2. Develop abilities and skills that
  • are relevant to the study and practice of science
  • are useful in everyday life
  • encourage efficient and safe practice; encourage effective communication
3. Develop attitudes relevant to science such as
  • concern for accuracy and precision
  • objectivity
  • integrity
  • the skills of inquiry
  • initiative
  • inventiveness
4. Stimulate interest in, and care for, the environment in relation to the environmental impact of Science and its applications.

5. Promote an awareness of the impact science has on it community.

6. Stimulate students and create a sustained interest in Science so that the study of the subject is enjoyable and satisfying.
Paper 1 (AS)

Type of paper: Multiple-choice (40 questions)
Duration: 1 hour
Marks: 40
Weighting AS: 31%
Weighting A2: 15%

Paper 2 (AS)

Type of paper: Structured questions on AS
Duration: 1 hours 15 minutes
Marks: 60
Weighting AS: 46%
Weighting A2: 23%

Paper 3 (AS)

Type of paper: Practical Test (Two or more experiments)
Duration: 2 hours
Marks: 40
Weighting AS: 23%
Weighting A2: 12%

Paper 4 (A2)

Type of paper: Structured questions on A2 Core and applications
Duration: 1 hours 45 minutes
Marks: 100
Weighting A2: 38%

Paper 5 (A2)

Type of paper: Planning, evaluation and analysis
Duration: 1 hours 15 minutes
Marks: 30
Weighting A2: 12%

To obtain the full ´A level´ the student must complete AS course and A2 course.

Students for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification will take Papers 1, 2 and 3 at end of the first year.

Students then carry their AS marks for P1 and P2 and then sit Papers 4, 5 and 6 at the end of the second year.