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Science

Science class

Science class

Science at KS3

When students join us in Year 7, they spend a full term extensively learning vital investigative and experimental skills in the ‘Working Scientifically’ unit. This will give them confidence to tackle the rest of the KS3 programme of study and get the most out of the practical side of the subject.

Following this introduction we teach a programme of learning based on the brand new Smart Science publications which has been designed specifically for the new KS3 National Science Curriculum in 2014.

The program studies Key scientific ideas in a sensible way, and makes clear where students are studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will study each science in turn in successive 10 lesson blocks. The key topics in each of the three sciences for both Years 7 and 8 are shown below:

Biology Chemistry Physics
Living Systems The Particle model Forces and motion
Diet and Heath Atoms elements and compounds Levers, moments and pressure
Genetics and evolution Reactions Electricity and electromagnetism
Photosynthesis and respiration Acid and Alkali Energy
Reproduction and growth Materials Waves
Ecosystems The earth and atmosphere Space

The programme of study features effective differentiation in each lesson to support less able students while extending high-ability students. Each unit also contains opportunities to develop literacy in Science and Maths as well as further develop methods of working scientifically.

Students are assessed by regular tests on the delivered content, with a variety of style of questions which serves as great preparation for the GCSE tests further up the College.

GCSE Science

Combined Science: Trilogy

Most students will study Combined Science: Trilogy, and it covers the three Science disciplines in the traditional fashion, much like the old Core and Additional Science GCSEs. Combined Science: Trilogy takes a logical and coherent journey through the content.

The topics:

Biology Chemistry Physics
  • cell biology
  • organisation
  • infection and response
  • bioenergetics
  • homeostasis and response
  • inheritance, variation and evolution
  • ecology
  • atomic structure and the periodic table
  • bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • quantitative chemistry
  • chemical changes
  • energy changes
  • the rate and extent of chemical change
  • organic chemistry
  • chemical analysis
  • chemistry of the atmosphere
  • using resources
  • forces
  • energy
  • waves
  • electricity
  • magnetism and electromagnetism
  • particle model of matter
  • atomic structure

We know that practicals are not only one of the most engaging parts of a science education but are also essential for students understanding of scientific theory. There are 16 required practicals, but we will deliver many more through the course of the GCSE.

Assessment
Six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each will assess different topics.
Duration: all the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.
Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and have 70 marks.
Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.

Separate Sciences, also known as Triple Science

Studying the separate sciences means students will cover more content than GCSE Combined Sciences. GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics will provide great preparation for AS and A-levels here at the College without significantly overlapping content.

Broadly speaking, the separate sciences cover the same topics as the Combined Science: Trilogy course, but in more depth and detail. In some cases topics are only studied in the separate science option, for example Space Physics is an additional unit only studied in the separate Science Physics GCSE. Full details of the content is listed below:

Biology Chemistry Physics
  • cell biology
  • organisation
  • infection and response
  • bioenergetics
  • homeostasis and response
  • inheritance, variation and evolution
  • ecology
  • atomic structure and the periodic table
  • bonding, structure and the properties of matter, quantitative chemistry
  • chemical changes
  • energy changes
  • the rate and extent of chemical change
  • organic chemistry
  • chemical analysis
  • chemistry of the atmosphere
  • using resources
  • forces
  • energy
  • waves
  • electricity
  • magnetism and electromagnetism
  • particle model of matter
  • atomic structure
  • space physics

 

Assessment: (For each science subject)
Two papers: each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from different topics. (half of the content in paper one and the other half in paper two) The questions will use clear and simple language, to assess students only on their scientific ability.
Duration: Both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.
Tier: Foundation and Higher.
Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

A-level Sciences

Biology

Chemistry

Electronics

Physics