Science

Science

Department staff:

Mrs P Holland: Subject Leader

Miss F Laverick: ASL i/c of Chemistry

Mr N Meldrum: ASL i/c of Key Stage 3

Mr T Norris: ASL i/c of Physics

Mr M Savory: ASL i/c of Biology

Mrs A Crossan: Acting ASL i/c of Applied Science

Mrs K Purnell: Senior Science Technician

Mrs L Cousins: Department Assistant and Admin and Office Team Leader

Mr D Clark Frew

Mr A Talbot

Miss R Dawber

Miss K Hutchison: House Tutor Leader Brontë House

Miss R Moylett

Mrs A Van Opstal

Dr K Pople

Mrs K Fanning: Science Technician

Miss G Rankin: Science Technician

Key Stage 3:

Overview of the course

Students follow a two year key stage 3 science course based upon the National Curriculum. They study a wide range of topics across the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics in their science lessons. Students will develop new practical skills and scientific techniques, linking ideas to the world around them and developing their understanding of working scientifically. This course prepares students for continuing their scientific study at GCSE from year 9.

What will I learn?

Year 7 Topic Areas Year 8 Topic Areas
Lab Detectives – an introduction to working safely and using science to answer questions

Cells, Tissues and Organs

Particles

Electricity and Circuits

Energy

Food Security

Reproduction

Chemical Elements

Mixtures and Compounds

Reactivity of Metals

Structure of the Earth

Gas Exchange

Speed

Forces, Pressure and Magnets

Skeleton, Muscles and Movement

Digestion, Nutrition and Health

Sound and Hearing

Light and Vision

Space

Key Stage 4: Science

For current Y11 students (June 2017 exam entry)

GCSE Core Science

Examination board: AQA Core Science A

GCSE Additional Science

Examination board: AQA Additional Science

GCSE Triple Science

Examination board: AQA Biology

AQA Chemistry

AQA Physics

Overview of the Courses:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

SCIENCE A

Keeping Healthy

Fundamental Ideas

Energy transfers and efficiency

Nerves and hormones

Products from rocks

Thermal Physics

The use and abuse of drugs

Products from oil

Generating electricity

Interdependence and adaptation

Plant oils

Waves

Energy and biomass in food chains

Earth and Atmosphere

Waste materials from plants and animals

Genetic variation and its control

Evolution

ADDITIONAL SCIENCE

Cells and simple cell transport

Bonding

Forces and motion

Tissues, organs and organ systems

Structures and properties

Electrical circuits

Photosynthesis

How much?

Electrical safety

Organisms and their environment

Rates of reaction

Nuclear radiation

Proteins – their functions and uses

Energy in reactions

Nuclear fission

Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

Acids and Bases

Nuclear fusion + stars

Cell division and inheritance

Electrolysis

Speciation

FURTHER TRIPLE UNIT

Dissolved substances

The Periodic table

Electromagnetism

Transport systems in plants and animals

Water

Optics (refraction and lenses)

Homeostasis

Energy calculations

Medical Physics

Humans and their environment

Analysis and synthesis

Physics of motion

Organic Chemistry

Assessment details for students studying Core Science A and Additional Science

Assessment details for students studying Core Science A and Additional Science

Each exam is 1 hour long and is worth 25% of the corresponding GCSE.

The controlled assessment for each GCSE is experiment-based and completed in school.

Each exam is 1 hour long and is worth 25% of the corresponding GCSE.

The controlled assessment for each GCSE is experiment-based and completed in school.

Entry Level Certificate

Overview of the course

The Entry Level Certificate follows the same topics as GCSE Science A. Students will build up a portfolio of evidence based on teacher devised assignments and externally set assignments.

Assessment details

Students need to submit one teacher devised assignment and one externally set assignment in Biology, Chemistry and physics. Students will be awarded an Entry Level Certificate graded at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 based on the work they submit.

Examination board: AQA Entry Level

NEW SPECIFICATION FOR CURRENT Y9 & Y10

(June 2018 exam entry onwards)

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy and Separate Sciences

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy Examination board: AQA Science Trilogy

GCSE Separate Sciences Examination board: AQA Biology

AQA Chemistry

AQA Physics

Overview of the courses

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Cell biology Atomic structure and the periodic table

Forces, motion and pressure

Organisation Bonding structure and properties of matter

Energy and energy resources

Infection and Response Quantitative Chemistry

Waves and optics

Bioenergetics Chemical Changes

Electricity

Homeostasis and response Energy Changes Magnetism and electromagnetism
Inheritance, Variation and Evolution Rate and extent of chemical change

Particle model of matter

Ecology Organic Chemistry

Atoms and nuclear radiation

Chemical Analysis

Space physics (GSCE physics only)

Chemistry of the atmosphere
Using resources

*Separate Science students study additional material within each topic.

GCSE Combined Science is worth 2 GCSEs.
The results from a student’s six science exams are combined to give an overall grade on a 17-point scale from “9-9” to “1-1”:

Highest possible grades:

Lowest possible grades:

9-9

9-8

8-8

8-7

7-7

7-6

6-6

6-5

5-5

5-4

4-4

4-3

3-3

3-2

2-2

2-1

1-1

There is no controlled assessment; GCSE Combined Science is 100% exam-based.

Practical work is an integral part of the course, students must complete a set number of ‘required practicals’ throughout the course. Student’s understanding of these practicals and the accompanying techniques will be assessed in the exams.

Assessment details for students studying separate sciences

Assessment details for students studying separate sciences

These exams are different to those sat by students studying Combined Science.

Students achieve 3 science GCSE grades in biology, chemistry and physics on the 1 to 9 scale.

There is no controlled assessment, GCSE Sciences are 100% exam-based.

Practical work is an integral part of each course, students must complete a set number of ‘required practicals’ throughout each course. Student’s understanding of these practicals and the accompanying techniques will be assessed in the exam.

Entry Level Certificate

Overview of the course

Students can be entered for two awards:

ELC – Single Award
ELC – Double Award

Candidates can receive: entry level 1, entry level 2 or entry level 3.

Course content includes:

  • Biology: The Human Body & Environment, evolution & inheritance
  • Chemistry: Elements, mixtures and compounds & chemistry in our world
  • Physics: Energy, forces & structure of matter & Electricity, magnetism & waves

Assessment details

Externally set assignments short written tests) and Teacher devised assignments (a short piece of practical work)

Single award: Students submit a portfolio of evidence containing: 3 Externally set assignments and 3 Teacher devised assignments (they do not have to be from the same topics).

Dual Award: Submit a portfolio of evidence from all six units.

Examination board: AQA Entry Level

Useful Subject Links:

BBC Bitesize – AQA Core Science Revision (2011-2017)

BBC Bitesize – AQA Additional Science Revision (2011-2017)

BBC Bitesize – Biology Revision (New Scheme)

BBC Bitesize – Chemistry Revision (New Scheme)

BBC Bitesize – Physics Revision (New Scheme)

BBC Bitesize – KS3 Science Revision

myGCSEscience Revision – YouTube video channel

Doodle Physics GCSE Revision – YouTube video channel