Science

Key Stage 3

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Year 7 and year 8

This curriculum encourages familiarity of scientific concepts and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

The students develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them. KS3 curriculum is aimed to equip students with the skills they will need for KS4 whilst fostering an enjoyment of the subject.

Key skills are built into the programme of study, which enables students to be prepared for the challenges ahead. At this stage, practical activities are carried out regularly to ensure the students have a variety of hands-on experience with science.

KEY STAGE 4

GCSE SCIENCE TRILOGY (Double award)

The AQA Trilogy Science course introduces students to fundamental ideas in scientific theory and helps them learn practical skills through topical investigations. Science is a set of ideas about the material world. The course includes all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the specification will help to develop a deeper understanding of science.

This specification encourages the development of knowledge and understanding in science through opportunities for working scientifically.

Students will study seven topics in Biology; ten topics in Chemistry and seven topics in Physics. Further details are on the AQA website (www.aqa.org.uk/8464).

The topics covered within each subject are shown below:

Biology Topics

Paper 1 – topics 1-4

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics

Paper 2 – topics 5-7

  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation & evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry Topics

Paper 1 – topics 8-12

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure & properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes

Paper 2 - topics 13-17

  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics Topics

Paper 1 – topics 18-21

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Paper 2 – topics 22-24

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Students will take six examination papers

  • Two biology papers - 70 marks each (Duration - 1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Two chemistry papers - 70 marks each (Duration - 1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Two physics papers - 70 marks each (Duration - 1 hour 15 minutes)

All six exams will be taken in Year 11

There will be a new 9–1 grading system, replacing A*–G: foundation tier will cover grades 1–5 and higher tier will cover grades 4-9.

There are no controlled assessments, but students will be assessed on their understanding and application of practical skills in the exam papers. This will make up 15% of the exam paper.

Students will have the option of taking either the Higher Tier (covering grades 4-9) or Foundation Tier exam (covering grades 1-5). This decision will be made early in Year 11 following ongoing assessment

Students will need at least a grade 5 in Science and a grade 6 in Maths to study any of the Sciences (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at various sixth forms.         

Students have a wide range of careers available to them – from the fields of medicine and engineering to sectors that deal with manufacturing.  Please look up the website www.careerinscience.co.uk for further guidance.

AQA GCSE Separate sciences (3 GCSEs)

The AQA Trilogy Science course introduces students to fundamental ideas in scientific theory and helps them learn practical skills through topical investigations. Science is a set of ideas about the material world. The course includes all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the specification will help to develop a deeper understanding of science.

This specification encourages the development of knowledge and understanding in science through opportunities for working scientifically.

The separate science course results in three GCSEs. This makes the course very intense but nevertheless rewarding. Students who study this course need to have the academic ability and resilience to deal with the rigours of this, and it is not suited to all students. Separate Science is for students who find science particularly interesting and may consider pursuing a career in a science‐related discipline.

Across the two years the students will study seven topics in Biology; ten topics in Chemistry and eight topics in Physics. Details are on the AQA website (www.aqa.org.uk).

The topics covered within each subject are shown below:

GCSE Biology

Each paper is 1hr 45mins – 100 marks (50% of the GCSE)

Paper 1 – topics 1-4

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics

Paper 2 – topics 5-7

  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance
  • Variation & evolution
  • Ecology

GCSE Chemistry

Each paper is 1hr 45mins – 100 marks (50% of the GCSE)

Paper 1 – topics 1-5

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure & properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes

Paper 2 - topics 6-10

  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

GCSE Physics

Each paper is 1hr 45mins – 100 marks (50% of the GCSE)

Paper 1 – topics 1-4

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Paper 2 – topics 5-8

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism & electromagnetism
  • Space physics

All six exams will be taken in Year 11

There will be a new 9–1 grading system, replacing A*–G: foundation tier will cover grades 1–5 and higher tier will cover grades 4-9.

There are no controlled assessments, but students will be assessed on their understanding and application of practical skills in the exam papers. This will make up 15% of the exam paper.

Students will have the option of taking either the Higher Tier (covering grades 4-9) or Foundation Tier exam (covering grades 1-5). This decision will be made early in Year 11 following ongoing assessment

Students will need at least a grade 5 in Science and a grade 6 in Maths to study any of the Sciences (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at various sixth forms.         

Students have a wide range of careers available to them – from the fields of medicine and engineering to sectors that deal with manufacturing.  Please look up the website www.careerinscience.co.uk for further guidance.