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Science

Time Allocation: 7 hours per week for Triple award, 5 hours per week for Double, 5 periods per week for the Core Science Programme (Year 11 only).

Exam Board: AQA

Course Content: Dependent on choice (see below)

“Triple Award” – Separate Awards in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space physics

“Double Award” - Combined Science (trilogy)

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Single Award – Core Science Programme (Year 11 only)

The single science course has been phased out in the latest set of curriculum reforms with an expectation that the majority of students will study for at least the double award. However, there will be some students for whom the double award GCSE may not be suitable. For these we are providing a programme that will deliver the same material but using a different assessment route. Part of this will be the already established BTEC Horticulture course and the rest is an OCR National qualification in Science

Formative Assessment:

Regular testing of students at the end of each topic is undertaken using exam resource material from AQA’s online exampro software. Homework is set in line with the published homework timetable.

 Summative Assessment:

There will now be no coursework component in Science. In its place, students will complete a series of set practicals which will be formally written up. These will be assessed in the written papers at the end of the course. In year 11 triple science students will sit 2 1 hour 45 minute exam papers in each of the three sciences. The double science students will sit 6 1 hour 15 minute papers that cover the biology, chemistry and physics topics.

The assessment will take place at the end of Year 11 ________________________________________________________________________________________________

What you will get out of studying Science:

This is an exciting course which allows you the opportunity to explore the world around you. You will cover all aspects of a good science education: evaluating evidence; the implications of science for society; explaining, theorising and modelling in science; and procedural and technical knowledge of science practice.

What skills profile a GCSE Science student should have:

A successful Science student will be curious, well organised, methodical and imaginative. They will have good practical skill, with a desire to solve problems independently, and able to analyse and evaluate their work. They should also have good English and Mathematics skills.

What opportunities will a GCSE in Science lead to:

A Science qualification offers students the ability to develop good science knowledge, understanding and the skills needed for adult life, but they also offer a good basis for further study. The skills gathered throughout the course are numerous and attractive to all employers from a health and safety point of view through to practical, analytical and problem solving abilities. Possible career paths include: Medicine, Dentistry, Design, Politics, Zoology, Engineering, Horticulture, Aeronautics, Teaching, Architecture, Research, Forensic Science, Mechanics........to name only a few!

Famous Scientists include:

Professor Heinz Wolff, Sir David Attenborough, Dr Michael Mosley, Dr Marie Curie, Professor Robert Winston (who has spoken at the school), Professor Brian Cox, Dr Henrietta Leavett, Professor Stephen Hawking, Dr Samit Bose, Albert Einstein.               

For more information, contact Mr J Cronin – Curriculum Leader for Science