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:
|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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science
This course is designed for learners who are interested in learning about applied science alongside other subjects, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in Applied Science. This BTEC qualification is usually taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A-levels.
What will you be learning?
This course is designed to develop your understanding of practical scientific techniques as well as key scientific concepts. The emphasis of the course is on work-related skills and knowledge. This two year course comprises 4 units:
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science. In this unit you will study:
- Periodicity and properties of elements
- Structure and functions of cells and tissues
- Waves in communication
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques. In this unit you will:
- Undertake titration and colorimetry to determine the concentration of solutions
- Undertake calorimetry to study cooling curves
- Undertake chromatographic techniques to identify components in mixtures
- Review personal development of scientific skills for laboratory work
Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills. In this unit you will study:
- Planning a scientific investigation
- Data collection, processing and analysis/interpretation
- Drawing conclusions and evaluation
- Enzymes in action
- Diffusion of molecules
- Plants and their environment
- Energy content of fuels
- Electrical circuits
Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems. In this unit you will:
- Understand the impact of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and their associated corrective treatments
- Understand the impact of disorder on the physiology of the lymphatic system and the associated corrective treatment.
Explore the physiology of the digestive system and the use of corrective treatment for nutritional deficiency.
Method of Assessment
|1||Externally assessed by a 90 minute written exam containing a range of different question types, including multiple-choice, calculations, short-answer, and extended open-response questions.|
|2||Internally assessed by means of four assignments, one for each of the learning aims.|
|3||Externally assessed through a written task (1hr 30mins) worth 60 marks.
Before sitting the written examination learners must complete a practical investigation (part A) under controlled conditions to obtain results and observations to analyse in the written task (part B).
|8||Internally assessed by assignments taken after the content of the unit has been taught. An assignment may take a variety of forms, including practical and written types. An assignment is a distinct activity completed independently by you that is separate from the work you have done in class to prepare for the assessment.|
Will this course suit you?
You will enjoy this course if you like the challenge of independent research, supported by directed classroom activities such as practical experiments, investigations and group work. You should have an interest in Chemistry and Biology. This course would suit organised students with good attendance, who enjoy producing a high standard of written work and who can manage their time effectively. You will need grade CC in Core and Additional Science before starting the course. Applied Science is a demanding course and students without these grades will find the work very challenging.
What happens when you have finished?
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-level, therefore there are several options available to school leavers: higher and further education, apprenticeships, and jobs that offer workplace learning.
What career options do you have?
Applied Science is a subject that is relevant to a wide variety of careers that directly use science, including those in the area of health and medicine. Students who have completed this course have gone on to study biology, nursing and sport science. The skills developed on this course are also applicable to many non-science careers, where research skills, independence and presentations skills are valued.
Where can I find out more information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.