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 & the beginning of year 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
  • Reproduction and Growth
  • Ecology
  • Particles
  • Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
  • Forces and Speed
  • Energy
  • Sound

In Year 8 pupils will study the following topics:

  • Healthy Bodies
  • Plants and Survival
  • Chemical reactions
  • Patterns in Chemical reactions
  • Electricity
  • Heat Transfer
  • Forces and their effects
  • Space

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

  • Variation and Interdependence
  • Changing Earth
  • Magnets, Motors and Static Electricity
  • Energy & Electricity – Light

Following the completion of these topics pupils will begin their GCSE units

Key Stage 4

All students will take Edexcel Combined Science course which is equivalent to 2 grades at GCSE. The course covers content from across the Biology, Chemistry and Physics curriculum.

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

 

What will I learn about?

 

Topic

1 – Key concepts in Biology

2 – Cells and control

3 – Genetics

4 – Natural selection and genetic modification

5 – Health, disease and the

development of medicines

6 – Plant structures and their functions,

7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

8 – Exchange and transport in animals

9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

CHEMISTRY A

 

What will I learn about?

 

Topic

1 – Key concepts in chemistry

2 – States of matter and mixtures

3 – Chemical changes

4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

6 – Groups in the periodic table

7 – Rates of reaction & energy changes

8 – Fuels and Earth science

PHYSICS A

 

What will I learn about?

 

Topic

1 – Key concepts of physics

2 – Motion and forces

3 – Conservation of energy,

4 – Waves

5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

6 – Radioactivity

8 – Energy - Forces doing work

9 – Forces and their effects

10 – Electricity and circuits

12 – Magnetism and the motor effect

13 – Electromagnetic induction

14 – Particle model

15 – Forces and matter

Combined Science Assessment

  • Six externally set and marked unit examinations worth 16.7% each. These will be a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • The papers are 1 hour 10 minutes each and worth a total of 60 marks.
  • Each paper is worth 16.7% of the final grade.

 

Triple Science - Option

What will I learn about?

The modules for Triple Science are the same as the Combined Science, however triple science has additional content in each of the modules and certain areas have triple Science only modules. This leads to obtaining separate qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Assessment

  • Six externally set and marked unit examinations. These will be a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • The papers are 1 hour 45 minutes each and worth a total of 100 marks.
  • Each paper is worth 50% of the final grade toward one of the three qualifications e.g. Two Biology papers each worth 50% make up the Biology qualification.