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SCIENCE

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 students will study the following topics:

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  • Particle Model
  • Forces Introduction
  • Forces and speed
  • Reproduction and Growth
  • Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
  • Energy
  • Sound
  • Ecology
  • Space.

In Year 8 students will study the following topics:

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  • Plants and Survival
  • Chemical reactions
  • Patterns in Chemical reactions
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Heat Transfer
  • Forces and matter.

In Year 9 students will study topics which have been designed to prepare students for the GCSE curriculum:

  • Introduction to GCSE 1 - Magnets and Variation and Interdependence
  • Introduction to GCSE 2 - The Atmosphere and Light.

Following the completion of these topics students 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

 

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

 

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

7 – Energy - Forces doing work

8 – Forces and their effects

9 – Electricity and circuits

10 – Magnetism and the motor effect

11 – Electromagnetic induction

12 – Particle model

13 – 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.

In addition to studying Science, the faculty offers optional subjects at Key Stage 4 including Psychology and Heath and Social Care.

Psychology GCSE

We study Psychology to understand ourselves and other people by learning about aspects of human behaviour, including interactions with others, learning and memory performance, and the understanding of psychological disorders. Studying Psychology develops sound analytical skills through the application of scientific method. Psychology is a science. In Psychology we use this scientific approach to learn about behaviour and mental health. Psychology provides an excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are applicable to a broad range of careers.

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. The qualification is examined by 2 papers:

Paper 1 - 1 hour and 45 minutes is 55% of the qualification and 98 marks in total. The topics examined are:

  • Topic 1: Development – How did you develop? 
  • Topic 2: Memory – How does your memory work? 
  • Topic 3: Psychological problems – How would psychological problems affect you? 
  • Topic 4: The brain and neuropsychology – How does your brain affect you? 
  • Topic 5: Social influence – How do others affect you?

Paper 2 - 1 hour and 20 minutes is 45% of the qualification and 79 marks in total. The topics examined are 2 optional units from:

  • Topic 6: Criminal psychology – Why do people become criminals? 
  • Topic 7: The self – What makes you who you are? 
  • Topic 8: Perception – How do you interpret the world around you? 
  • Topic 9: Sleep and dreaming – Why do you need to sleep and dream? 
  • Topic 10: Language, thought and communication – How do you communicate with others?

Plus Topic 11: Research methods – How do you carry out psychological research?

Health and Social Care BTEC

Our aim is to promote the skills, knowledge and techniques needed to work in the Health and Social Care sector. This focuses on the understanding of care values and services, human lifespan development and the well-being of individuals. Health and Social Care enables students to consider aspects of life and the importance of support networks. It makes students aware of Social Care services and the importance in making sure that people who use these services get the care they need. Through the application of these skills and knowledge students will gain confidence and develop strategies to deal with life in the future.

This course is assessed through 3 components: 

  • Human Lifespan Development - Assessed Assignment 
  • Health and Social Care Services and Values - Assessed Assignment  
  • Health and Wellbeing - External Examination 

 

 

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