Science

Welcome to the Science Faculty!

Why study Science?

Virtually all aspects of your life concern science and technology: your mobile, computers, satellite TV, navigation and medicine, to name just a few. Your generation is likely to experience changes in your lifetime beyond all imagination. We all need to be able to make informed choices, as the decisions we make in our lives may have major implications for the future, maybe even that of planet Earth itself. Science provides a knowledge and understanding of the natural world, the skills of investigation and experimentation, and an appreciation of the importance of science to individuals and society. Science helps to develop personal attributes such as curiosity, teamwork, motivation and the ability to communicate. These are particularly important skills and values and will help to prepare you for further study and a range of careers.

Key Stage 3

Science through Year 7, 8 & 9 is taught through our bespoke scheme of learning. We follow our own units written by our Science team to fulfil the National Curriculum. Units cover the Biology, Chemistry and Physics content whilst building investigation and Science specific skills. The course covers a cycle of units which develop a student’s knowledge over the academic year and through the course of Key Stage 3.

In Year 7 pupils will study the following topics:

  • Life Processes
  • Particles
  • Forces
  • Changing Earth
  • Changing Environment & Sustainability
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Behaviour
  • Energy & Electricity
  • Patterns in Chemical Reactions

In Year 8 pupils will study the following topics:

  • Earth, Space and Beyond
  • Life Processes
  • Particles
  • Forces
  • Changing Environment & Sustainability
  • Energy & Electricity – Sound
  • Variation & Interdependence

In Year 9 pupils will study the following topics all of which have been designed to link to the Key Stage 4 curriculum:

  • Factors Affecting MRS GREN
  • Microbes and Disease
  • Variation and Interdependence
  • Chemical Reactions 1
  • Chemical Reactions 2
  • Patterns in Chemical Reactions
  • Changing Force
  • Energy & Electricity – Light
  • Mission to Mars

Key Stage 4

All pupils studying the EBAC or Academic pathway will begin the Triple Science course for the duration of Year 10 as the modules covering Core, Additional and Triple Science are common units up to unit 4.

At the end of Year 10 we will decide your Science pathway for Year 11: Triple Science or Double Award Science. Each of the three Science disciplines are covered in depth, providing sound subject knowledge and a wide skill base to enable success in A Level Science courses.

Course Content - Common Units

This course is taught in discrete topics, with tests and assessments based upon examination questions. This provides you with frequent and accurate assessments of your performance against GCSE criteria, highlighting your strengths and areas for further development.

All students will study the following modules:

Biology:

Chemistry:

Physics:

B1 Understanding Organisms

C1 Carbon Chemistry

P1 Energy for the Home

B2 Understanding Our Environment

C2 Chemical Resources

P2 Living for the Future

B3 Living and Growing

C3 Chemical Economics

P3 Forces for Transport

B4 It’s a Green World

C4 The Periodic Table

P4 Radiation for Life.

Double Award (Core & Additional Science) Assessment

  • There are three units for each of the courses (Core and Additional Science):
  • Two externally set and marked unit examinations. These test three teaching modules as a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics units (totalling 75%).
  • One internal controlled assessment unit (25%).
  • All exams and controlled assessments in Science are entered at the end of Year 11.

Triple Science

In addition to those listed above you will study the following modules:

Biology:

Chemistry:

Physics:

B5 The Living Body

C5 How Much?

P5: Space for Reflection

B6 Beyond the microscope

C6 Chemistry Out There

P6: Electricity for Gadgets

Assessment

  • There are three units for each Science course (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Two externally set and marked unit examinations. Each test three teaching modules arranged as separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics papers (totalling 75%)
  • One internal controlled assessment unit (25%) per course.
  • All exams and controlled assessments in Triple Science are entered at the end of Year 11.

Cambridge Nationals

Pupils in the B pathway will take the Cambridge Nationals course in Science. Learners will explore the way in which scientific ideas have developed, how these ideas have been applied and how these applications have affected our lives. They undertake practical and investigatory activities throughout the course to explore the way in which scientists develop and test their ideas and they develop practical skills and skills in analysing, interpreting and evaluating evidence.

This is a vocational course which can achieve a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification and is examined through three units:

R071: How scientific ideas have an impact on our lives

In this unit, learners explore the way in which applications of science have an impact on our lives.  The unit has been divided into three teaching modules:

Module 1: Using energy

Module 2: Keeping healthy

Module 3: Materials for a purpose

In each module there are opportunities to undertake practical work and develop skills in analysing, interpreting and evaluating evidence.

Learners produce a portfolio of work incorporating nine assessment tasks which are internally assessed and moderated by OCR.

The unit is weighted at 50% of the overall marks

R072: How scientific ideas have developed

In this unit, learners explore the way in which scientific ideas have developed, by studying the work of a number of scientists.  

Learners sit a 1 hour written examination paper which is externally set and marked by OCR.

The unit is weighted at 25% of the overall marks

R073: How scientists test their ideas

In this unit, learners develop their skills in designing and carrying out experimental work, including the collection of data and its analysis, interpretation and evaluation.  

The assessment task is a practical investigation which is internally assessed and moderated by OCR. 

The unit is weighted at 25% of the overall marks.