Science

Faculty Leader: Mr S King
Subject Leader:  Miss N Jones

Aims of the department

  • To stimulate and create students interest and enjoyment of Science
  • To enable students to communicate and apply their scientific knowledge
  • To enable students to develop intellectual and practical skills which will allow them to explore and investigate the world of Science
  • Develop pupil’s scientific literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Help students understand key scientific concepts to help solve problems.
  • Allow students to develop scientific methods of investigation to solve problems.
  • Encourage students to develop their awareness of the importance of Science in everyday life, and appreciate the contribution science makes to society, moral and ethical issues.
  • Allow students access to careers information in Science and Technology at various levels.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

What will students study?

Students are taught through an exciting school developed course based on the AQA/Exploring Science scheme of work. During the course students will be provided with opportunities to develop their planning, observational and analytical skills in Science through scientific investigations.  During the course of these investigations they will be encouraged to: 

  • Make predictions
  • Make observations
  • Use measuring instruments
  • Interpret observations
  • Solve problems
  • Analyse data
  • Evaluate scientific evidence

This will enables students to develop the intellectual and practical skills that allow them to explore the world of science.

How will students be assessed?

Throughout the course students will be assessed on their ability to identify, describe, explain, apply and link scientific concepts through banded activities and end of topic tests. In the summer term Year 7 and 8 are assessed by an end of year exam covering all the topics taught in the year.

Year 7 Topics

  • Tissues and transplants (Cells)
  • Sex and science (Reproduction)
  • Ecology matters (Interdependence)
  • Classified (Classification)
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Bubbles, bangs and burning (Types of reaction)
  • What a waste! (Particles)
  • In the drink (Separating techniques)
  • Energy and sustainable living (Energy transfer)
  • Electrical circuits (Current)
  • Forces and their effects

Year 8 Topics

  • Food, glorious food! (Digestion)
  • Going for gold (Breathing)
  • Doctors and diseases (Immune system)
  • The way of the dodo (Evolution)
  • Materials and recycling (Elements)
  • 8G All that glitters (Compounds)
  • Explaining the Earth (Rocks)
  • Heat transfers
  • On the move (Forces and Speed)
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Light fantastic (Light)
  • Sound and hearing

Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 and 11)

Set 1

What course do Set 1 students follow?
 
GCSE Biology: AQA 8461, GCSE Chemistry: AQA 8462, GCSE Physics: AQA 8463
 
Aims of the course

Awarding Grades
 
The aim of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics course is to develop a critical approach to scientific evidence, explore the implications of science for society and to develop scientific literacy.  Students are encouraged to explore, explain and theorise using scientific models, and develop a critical approach to scientific evidence.

Each qualification is graded on a 17 point scale: 1–1 to 9–9 where 9–9 is the best grade. Students taking Higher Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 4–4 to 9–9 for each of the subjects.

Subject Content
 
Biology

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and Evolution
  7. Ecology

Chemistry

  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
     

 
 
Physics

  1. Forces
  2. Energy
  3. Waves
  4. Electricity
  5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  6. Particle model of matter
  7. Atomic structure

Assessment
 
There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. These take place at the end of Year 11. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
 
Biology Paper 1
 
What's assessed

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Biology Paper 2

What's assessed

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 1
 
What's assessed

Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes.

How it's assessed
  
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE 

Chemistry Paper 2
 
What's assessed

Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

How it's assessed
 
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Physics Paper 1
 
What's assessed

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

How it's assessed
 
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Physics Paper 2
 
What's assessed

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Where can I find more information?

More information about the course can be found using the links below. 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463


Assessment Resources

Sets 2-5
 
Specimen paper questions can be found using the links below.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/assessment-resources

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462/assessment-resources

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463/assessment-resources

What course do students follow in Sets 2-5?
 
GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy: AQA 8464

Aims of the course 

Awarding Grades
 
The aim of the Science course is to develop a critical approach to scientific evidence, explore the implications of science for society and to develop scientific literacy.  Pupils are encouraged to explore, explain and theorise using scientific models, and develop a critical approach to scientific evidence.

The qualification is graded on a 17 point scale: 1–1 to 9–9 – where 9–9 is the best grade. A student taking Foundation Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 1–1 to 5–5. A student taking Higher Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 4–4 to 9–9.

Subject Content
 
Biology 

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology 

Chemistry

  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

Physics

  1. Forces
  2. Energy
  3. Waves
  4. Electricity
  5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  6. Particle model of matter
  7. Atomic structure

Assessment
 
There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. These take place at the end of Year 11. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas
 
Biology Paper 1
 
What's assessed

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed
 
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Foundation & Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Biology Paper 2

What's assessed

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, Variation and Evolution and Ecology.

How it's assessed
 
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Foundation & Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 1
 
What's assessed

Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes.

How it's assessed
 
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 2
 
What's assessed

Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

How it's assessed
 
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Foundation & Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Physics Paper 1

What's assessed

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

How it's assessed
 
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Foundation & Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Physics Paper 2
 
What's assessed

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

How it's assessed
 
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Foundation & Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Where can I find more information?
 
More information about the course can be found using the link below. 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/introduction

Assessment resources

Specimen paper questions can be found using the link below.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/assessment-resources

Careers Information
 
Useful information on Science careers can be found using the links below.

http://www.futuremorph.org/wp-content/uploads/games/scienceandmaths/index.html#/intro

http://www.futuremorph.org/

https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/770/what-are-stem-subjects

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/science-and-research

http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com/a-z-of-roles/

https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors/science

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles

https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/whats-on/useful-websites/

https://successatschool.org/careerzonesummary/34/Science-Research

GCSE Science Revision Support Video Tutorials

Useful revision support videos can be found using the links below.

https://www.my-gcsescience.com/aqa/biology/

https://www.my-gcsescience.com/aqa/chemistry/

https://www.my-gcsescience.com/aqa/physics/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights/curations/zwq2tv4

GCSE Science Revision Support Websites

Useful revision support materials can be found using the links below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z9ddmp3 (Biology)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zs6hvcw (Chemistry)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpm6fg8(Physics)

http://www.docbrown.info/page17/2016-0-index.htm#AQA