Science

Director of Studies

Mr K Downie    

 

Deputy Director of Studies                       

Miss L Gilchrist

 

Other Teaching Staff

Mr A Richards

Mr D Marsh

Mr A Hartley

Mr M Brereton

Miss H Norman

 

 

Technicians

Mrs S Bloor

Mrs C Caldecott

                            

Brief overview of curriculum content

 

Key Stage 3

 

Year 7

Students study a curriculum based across all three of the major Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also experience an introduction into safety procedures and basic lab equipment. Students cover energy, electricity, acids and alkalis and chemical reactions in the first term; cells, reproduction, forces and the solar system in the second term and particles, solutions, variation and the environment in the third term. Key skills including independent learning, literacy, numeracy and ‘how science works’ are threads running throughout normal lessons.

Year 8

Students again study a curriculum based across all three of the major Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also improve and develop their practical skills throughout the year. Students cover heat, magnetism, nutrition and respiration in the first term; atoms, mixtures and compounds, microbes and ecology in the second term and the rock cycle, rocks and weathering, light and sound in the third term. Key skills including independent learning, literacy, numeracy and ‘how science works’ are again threads running throughout normal lessons.

Year 9

Students continue to study a curriculum based across all three of the major Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also improve and develop their practical skills throughout the year in preparation for GCSE Science. Students cover reactions, inheritance and selection, reactivity, health and fitness, patterns in reactions and gravity and space in the first term and speed, environmental chemistry, photosynthesis, pressure and moments, using chemicals and food in the second term. The end of Key Stage 3 assessment takes place towards the end of the second term and the third term is devoted to enhancing scientific and coursework skills in preparation for the GCSE course. Key skills including independent learning, literacy, numeracy and ‘how science works’ continue to be threads running throughout normal lessons.

Key Stage 4

 

GCSE course overview:-

There are several GCSE courses on offer.

Core Science – This is taken by most Year 10 students and runs throughout Year 10. It certificates at the end of year 10 meaning that students enter Y11 with one GCSE grade already achieved in Science. Higher and foundation levels are available.

The course combines all three of the main Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

In the Biology section of this course, students study units on keeping healthy, nerves and hormones, the use and abuse of drugs, adaptations, energy in biomass and food chains, the carbon cycle, genetic variation and evolution.

In the Chemistry section of this course, students study units on atoms, limestone and building materials, extracting metals, crude oil and fuels, products of crude oil, plant oils and their uses and changes in the Earth and its atmosphere.

In the Physics section of this course, students study units on thermal energy transfers, energy and efficiency, the usefulness of electrical appliances, methods of generating electricity, waves and their uses and the expanding universe.

Additional Science – This is taken by most Year 11 students and runs throughout Year 11. As for Core Science, Higher and foundations are available. Those achieving well on the higher level may be able to access A-Level science courses.

The course combines all three of the main Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

In the Biology section of this course, students study units on cells and cell transport, tissues, organs and systems, photosynthesis, organisms and their environment, proteins, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, cell division and inheritance and evolution and extinction of species.

In the Chemistry section of this course, students study units on structure and bonding, influence of structure on chemical properties, quantitative chemistry, rates of reaction, exothermic and endothermic reactions, acids, bases and salts and electrolysis.

In the Physics section of this course, students study units on forces and their effects, energy of moving objects, electricity and electrical circuits, mains electricity, radioactive decay, and nuclear fission and fusion.

Separate Science – This is usually taken by the more academic students and is the ideal preparation for the study of individual Sciences at A-Level. The course is taught as three separate subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. One GCSE is awarded in each subject. All three subjects must be taken. It is not possible to study just one or two.

In each subject the content covered includes all Core and Additional Science work. Each subject then covers new areas unique to the Separate Science course.

Biology

Students cover movement of molecules in and out of cells, transport systems in animals and plants, homeostasis and humans and their environment.

Chemistry

Students cover the periodic table, water, calculating and explaining energy changes, further quantitative chemistry, the production of ammonia and alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters.

Physics

Students cover medical applications of physics, centre of mass, moments and circular motion, motors, transformers and generators.

All courses are with the AQA exam board (www.aqa.org.uk) and further information can be found by clicking on the specifications below.

Core Science Specification A

Additional Science Specfication

Biology Specification

Chemistry Specification

Physics Specification

Assessment overview:-

Core Science is assessed by 3 x 60 min exams (1 each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics)taken at the end of Y10. Each exam is 25% of the overall grade. The remaining 25% is based upon coursework carried out in class. The overall grade is calculated based on students combined performance in all of these assessments.

Additional Science is assessed by 3 x 60 min exams (1 each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics)taken at the end of Y11. Each exam is 25% of the overall grade. The remaining 25% is based upon coursework carried out in class. The overall grade is calculated based on students combined performance in all of these assessments.

Separate Science subjects (current Y10 onwards) are examined at the end of Y11. Each subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) has 3 x 60 min exams. The unit 1 exam covers the Core content, the Unit 2 exam covers the Additional Science content and the Unit 3 exam covers the Separate Science content. Each exam is worth 25% of the GCSE grade in that subject. For each subject the remaining 25% is based upon coursework carried out in class. A piece of coursework must be carried out for each of the three Separate Science subjects.

Key Stage 5

Four Science courses are offered at A-Level:-

  • Biology AS and A2 levels
  • Chemistry AS and A2 levels
  • Physics AS and A2 levels
  • Environmental Science AS and A2 levels

Each course offers an opportunity to extent the student’s learning far beyond GCSE level, studying a wide range of advanced and complex concepts fundamental to our existence and how the world around us works. They form the gateway though which students can gain a deeper understanding of Science and provides students a route to further study at degree level and beyond.

All courses are initially run as AS level. Students performing well at AS level can opt to continue to study the course at A2 level.

Click on the links below to access further information and exam specifications.

Biology

Environmental Science

Chemistry

Physics 

Assessment overview

Physics

AS Physics has 2  exams in June (1 x 60 min) worth 30% of the AS grade (15% A level) and June (1 x 105 mins) worth 50% of the AS grade (25% A level) along with 20% coursework (10% A level) done in class.

A2 Physics has a 75 min exam y (15% A level) and a 120 min exam in June (25% A level) along with coursework (10% A level) done in class.

Chemistry

AS has 2  exams in June (1 x 60 min) worth 30% of the final grade (15% A level) and  (1 x 105 mins) worth 50% of the final grade (25% A level) along with 20% coursework (10% A level) done in class.

A2 consists of a 75 min exam  (15% A level) and a 120 min exam in June (25% A level) as well as coursework done in class (10% A level)

Biology

AS  has exams in January (1 x 75 min) worth 33.3% of the final grade (16.7% A level) and June (1 x 105 mins) worth 46.7% of the final grade (23.3% A level) along with 20% coursework (10% A level) done in class.

A2 consists of a 90 min exam in January (16.7% A level) and a 135 min exam in June (23.3% A level) as well as coursework done in class (10% A level)

Environmental Studies

AS has 2 exams in June -  (1 x 60 min) worth 40% of the AS grade (20% A level) +  (1 x 90 mins) worth 60% of the AS grade (30% A level).

A2 consists of a 90 min exam worth 25% of the A level and a 120 min exam in June worth 25% of the A level.

Other information

A trip to Ecuador will run in summer 2014.

 

 

Subject Leaflet Biology AS/A Level
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Subject Leaflet Chemistry AS/A Level
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Subject Leaflet Physics AS/A Level
Physics.pdf
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