Science

Please click here to see the curriculum journey which our students follow in Chemistry.

Please click here to see the curriculum journey which our students follow in Physics.

Please click here to see the curriculum journey which our students follow in Biology.

What are the key features of the programmes of study?
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Through scientific enquiry, Science aims to develop students’ ability to question and explain the changing world around them, providing them with an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. The course aims to provide students with the foundation needed to excel at GCSE.

What will my child study in Year 7?
In Year 7, the Biology topics covered are Cells, Body Systems and Reproduction. In Chemistry, the topics are Particles, Elements, Acids and Alkalis and Chemical Reactions. In Physics, the topics include Space, Forces, Sound and Light. All topics also include numerous opportunities for students to develop essential practical science skills and problem solving. Health Topics are also delivered through Science in Year 7 and include a range of topics from the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) Curriculum, including Personal Hygiene.

 What will my child study in Year 8?
In Year 8, the Biology topics covered are Lifestyle, Inheritance and Ecosystems. In Chemistry, the topics are Separating Techniques, Periodic Table, Metals and Acids and Earth. In Physics, the topics include Electricity and Magnetism, Motion and Pressure and Energy. As in every year, most of these topics will involve opportunities for students to develop their practical science skills. Health Topics are also delivered through Science in Year 8 and include a range of topics from the PSHE Curriculum including Internet Safety.

What will my child study in Year 9?
In Year 9, students will follow a specially designed course, which aims to consolidate and extend the scientific knowledge and understanding acquired throughout Years 7 and 8, while equipping them with the skills needed for success at Key Stage 4. In each scientific discipline, students are introduced to the core concepts required for GCSE. In Biology this includes Microscopes and Enzymes. In Chemistry, this includes Atomic Structure and Bonding. In Physics, this includes Waves and Electricity. These are taught to GCSE level, with a focus on mastering these foundation concepts and applying them to GCSE level exam questions to start embedding good exam technique. Health Topics are also delivered through Science in Year 9 and include a range of topics from the PSHCE Curriculum including Contraception and Drug Awareness.

What homework and enrichment opportunities will my child have?
Homework is set regularly by classroom teachers, who will upload the homework onto Class Charts. Homework will take a variety of forms, but will have a ‘Working Scientifically, Literacy or Numeracy’ focus, and will always link to the topics being studied in class to ensure their significance. Parents and carers can support their children by talking with their son or daughter about the homework. Students’ work will be assessed against the skills required at GCSE.

Wide varieties of extra-curricular activities are available for students to take part in all year round, including a number of trips. The Science Department organise regular internal competitions whilst also taking part in county and national competitions, such as the Big Bang Fair, and the BP STEM Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). We also have a number of organisations who visit the school throughout the course of the year to provide enrichment activities, including workshops, talks and shows. In the summer term, we hold our Science Fair for our Year 7 students. Students investigate a project of their choice, and display and discuss their work once it is completed. This is an opportunity for families to come into the Science Department, celebrate the work that has been produced by students, and share in their successes.

How is my child assessed?
Students’ progress will be formally assessed at the end of each half term with a formative test that is designed to facilitate progress towards GCSE examinations. In Year 9, tests will include questions that have been taken from past GCSE papers, and students will be assessed using GCSE criteria. Class teachers will give feedback on results and focus effort on areas of weakness for individual students. The data provided by these assessments will enable us to track the progress of every child and provide support where necessary to ensure all students achieve their potential.

What equipment is needed?
It is vital that students always come to their Science lessons prepared with the following equipment: pen, pencil, purple pen, ruler, eraser, calculator and a hair tie for hair to be tied back in practical sessions.

 

Please click here to see the curriculum journey which our students follow in Chemistry.

Please click here to see the curriculum journey which our students follow in Physics.

Please click here to see the curriculum journey which our students follow in Biology.

GCSE SEPARATE SCIENCES

Examination Course: AQA Course Code:   Biology 8461, Chemistry 8462, Physics 8463

What is the course about?
This course is taken by students with a particular interest in Science and provides the very best preparation for the study of Science at A-Level and beyond. In this course Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately by experts in their field and upon completion; students will receive three GCSEs (one for each subject).

What skills and ideas will I learn?
In GCSE Separate Sciences students study all the material covered in Combined Science but in greater depth to extend their knowledge and understanding. This provides an excellent preparation for the study of sciences in Year 12.  

How is the course assessed?

Students will obtain a separate grade for each subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Biology 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

Chemistry 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

Physics 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

All careers require the discipline of scientific study, rigorous investigative skills and carefully considered evaluation. This course will provide the ideal route into A-level sciences, which are required for medical, engineering, environmental, educational and forensic careers.

 

GCSE COMBINED SCIENCE

What is the course about?

Combined Science is taken by the majority of our students and offers an excellent grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Upon completion students will receive two GCSE grades in science.

The course is structured as follows:

1. One unit of Biology, one of Chemistry and one of Physics in Year 10.

2. One further unit of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Year 11.

Successful completion of Combined Science to a good standard (Grade 5 or above) will enable you to study A Level Sciences.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

Combined Science is delivered in the following units:

Year 10

Biology 1:         Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response, and Bioenergetics

Chemistry 1:  Atomic structure and the Periodic table, Bonding, Structure, the
                           Properties of Matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes

Physics 1:        Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure

Year 11

Biology 2:        Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation and Evolution, Ecology

Chemistry 2: The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using resources

Physics 2:       Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism

In all subjects there will be a greater emphasis on the acquisition and development of Scientific, Investigative and Analytical skills than in previous years. 

N.B. All combined Science GCSE exams will take place at the end of Year 11, and there is no longer a coursework component as skills relating to practicals will be assessed in the terminal exams.

GCSE Separate Sciences is an option for students with a particular interest in science and requires them to use one of their option choices. It provides the very best preparation for the study of science at A-Level and beyond. In this course, Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately by experts in their field and upon completion students will receive 3 GCSEs (one for each subject). 

 

AQA ENTRY LEVEL CERTIFICATE IN SCIENCE

Exam Board: AQA   Course Number: 5960

Entry Level in Science is specifically designed to meet the needs of students for whom GCSE Science is not appropriate. Students will complete the double award, which covers the KS4 programme of study, and comprises units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and links closely to the new GCSEs. A select number of students may then be entered for AQA GCSE Science in Year 11. This decision will be reached in consultation with parents/carers and the students’ teachers.

This course covers the KS4 Science Programme of Study and contains the following two units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology

  • 1. Component 1- Biology: The human body
  • 2. Component 2 - Biology: Environment, evolution and inheritance

Chemistry

  • 3. Component 3 - Chemistry: Elements, mixtures and compounds
  • 4. Component 4 - Chemistry: Chemistry in our world

Physics

  • 5. Component 5 - Physics: Energy, forces and the structure of matter
  • 6. Component 6 - Physics: Electricity, magnetism and waves


How are the courses assessed?

Combined Science: 6 x 75 minute terminal exams each contributing 16.7% of the course grades.

Question Types: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

AQA Entry Level Certificate in Science

AQA ELC contains two different assessments:

Students need to submit six externally-set assignments (ESAs) which consist of a short written test, as well as six teacher-devised assignments (TDAs) which consist of a short piece of practical work. Students are graded from Entry 1 up to Entry 3. Some students may also be entered for the Combined Science GCSE at the end of Year 11.

GCSE Separate Sciences: Students will obtain a separate grade for each subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Biology 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

Chemistry 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

Physics 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

Combined Science: Science affects all areas of life and it allows you to make informed decisions. Scientific skills are highly regarded by employers and are essential for many A-Level courses.

GCSE Science Triple Award: All careers require the discipline of scientific study, rigorous investigative skills and carefully considered evaluation. This course will provide the ideal route into A-Level sciences which are required for medical, engineering, environmental, educational and forensic careers.

AQA Entry Level Certificate in Science: The Entry Level Certificate course develops scientific practical and theory skills and is a good route to go on to Combined Science.

CHEMISTRY A LEVEL - COURSE OVERVIEW

The A level chemistry course covers three main areas - physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.  All areas of the course have practicals and analysis and many areas have a significant amount of mathematics. It is a very interesting course which builds on GCSE knowledge as well as introduces new concepts.

COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
Chemistry is found in all sciences and impacts on every aspect of our lives. It is an essential course for those wishing to study medicine and veterinary medicine. It is a subject that is valued by many university courses and is an invaluable bank of knowledge for any science profession.

In Y12 we extend the AQA GCSE study of atomic structure moles and bonding, introduce physical and inorganic Chemistry and embark on an organic Chemistry Unit. Two modular exams are sat in the first year based on AS content. During Year 13 we extend this work to include dynamic equilibria, kinetics, redox and further organic work. 

Twelve required practicals are carried out, six in each year, as well as extra practical work to support the learning of the course content. 

WHAT NEXT?
Studying Chemistry A Level could lead to a career in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Medicine, Forensic Science, Dentistry, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering and Veterinary Medicine. It is a highly regarded A-Level for all University courses due to its complexity and its analytical and mathematical skills.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Students require 5 GCSE's 9-5. Two good level 5 in Science, 6 in Maths and English. AS Chemistry lasts one year, with two exams at the end (each 1.5 hours). A level Chemistry lasts two years, with all three exams (each 2 hours) at the end of the second year. At least 15% of the marks are based on what is learned in practicals.

BIOLOGY - COURSE OVERVIEW

Biology is the study of life, from the molecular level, through cells and organisms to populations and ecosystems.

CONTENT: 

Biological Molecules
Composition and function of the fundamental molecules of life. Understanding the structure of essential biological molecules, how they are synthesized and their importance in biological processes.

Cells
Cells and their function in producing and transporting biological molecules. Specialised cells and their role in the immune, nervous and endocrine Systems. 

DNA and the Genetic Code
Structure and replication of DNA and RNA synthesis. Genetic mutation, gene expression and the effect of epigenetics. Gene technology and therapy including amplification and recombination techniques.

Exchange and Transport Systems
Structure and function of biological exchange systems and surfaces. Study of the respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive systems of animals and the transport system in plants.

Bioenergetics
The process of respiration and photosynthesis and the biological molecules involved. Study of the movement of energy and nutrients through ecosystems and their productivity.

Inheritance
Studying patterns of inheritance and the effect of genes. Population genetics, variation, selection and speciation.

Ecosystems
Study of dynamic relationships within ecosystems, population size, succession and conservation.

ASSESSMENT
Assessment is via terminal exams at the end of Year 13. There are three exams, each lasting two hours. In addition there is a continual assessment of practical and analytical skills that is Pass/Fail but is not connected to the overall examination grade.

WHAT NEXT?
One of the most popular A-level courses, Biology attracts students studying a wide range of other subjects and opens up many career options. Biology is required for Medicine, Dentistry and many other health and clinical professions. Students often go on to study related degree courses such as Marine Biology, Forensic Science and Environmental Sciences. As an academic course, the study of A Level Biology also facilitates entry to many other unrelated courses or degrees.

Whatever field you choose to study further, A-level Biology a rewarding and challenging course which develops a wide range of desirable skills relatable to any future career.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Students require at least 5 GCSE's 9-5, two of these must be in Science. We also require a Grade 6 in both Maths and English.

APPLIED HUMAN BIOLOGY - BTEC Extended Certificate - Equivalent to 1 A Level

 
PHYSICS (Edexcel) GCE A LEVEL

COURSE OVERVIEW
Students of A level Physics will gain an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and will develop skills in designing and executing experiments.  You will also develop an appreciation of the importance of Physics in a social, philosophical, economic and industrial context.  Students are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills developed throughout the course.  Students will also be expected to analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of scientific information, ideas and evidence.

COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
The course is linear and consists of 12 units which can be viewed in the specification.  The foundation principles of energy and forces are taught and then applied in topics such as electricity, materials, cosmology, quantum and particle physics.  The aim of the course is to improve knowledge and understanding of many areas of physics as well as to develop skills in various scientific methods.  It is hoped that you will develop an appreciation of the role and contribution of physics to society.

There will be three exams at the end of the course, two of which are 1 hour 45 minutes testing specific aspects of the syllabus and one of 2 hours 30 minutes assessing general practical principles.  There are also 16 required practical’s which must be completed to achieve a science practical endorsement certificate.

WHAT NEXT?
A physics qualification opens doors to a variety of jobs and courses.  All the technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of Physics, so if you are considering working in any area related to technology from Music to Medicine, or Lasers to Law – studying Physics is an essential first step.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Students require 5 GCSE's 9-5 including 2 good level 5s in Combined or Separate Science and a good level 6 in English and Maths.

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