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Science

Department/subject info and philosophy:

Our mission is to provide an engaging program of study in which all students develop:

  • the necessary knowledge and conceptual understanding of Science to achieve academic success at the end of KS4
  • an appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives

Students will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science which demonstrate how much of the world around them can be explained by key scientific ideas which are both inter-linked, and of universal application. We aim to equip students with a sound scientific skills base to be able to observe, predict, plan, analyse, evaluate and to be curious and excited by the process of understanding how science works.

We will develop and build upon the science skills and knowledge acquired at KS2 to ensure seamless transition and appropriate stretch and challenge from KS3 through to GCSE

Programme of study in Y7-Y9:

The Key Stage 3 Science curriculum has been specifically designed to ensure students are ‘GCSE ready’ by the end of year 8. The topics and practical’s that are included as part of the curriculum, ensure students transition into year 9 equipped with the necessary foundation of scientific knowledge and practical skills.

The main topic areas that are studied as part of the Key Stage 3 Science curriculum include:

• Forces
• Electromagnets
• Energy
• Waves
• Matter
• Reactions
• Earth
• Organism
• Ecosystems
• Genes

A foundation of GCSE content and processes are developed in Year 9 to ensure students enter KS4 with a level of proficiency.

Assessment in Science across Key Stage 3 takes the form of midterm tests and are composed of a range of exam style questions and practical questions, used to allow the teacher to identify gaps in knowledge and understanding, which can then be closed following on from the assessment.

Programme of study Y10-Y11:

Programme of study Y10-Y11:
All Y10 and Y11 students have the option of studying either the AQA combined Science course (2 GCSE’s) or the AQA separate Science course (3 GCSE’s). Both courses cover the fundamental concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are suitable for students wishing to study science subjects at A-level. For some students it may be more practical for them to study the Entry Level certificate in Science.

Biology

Biology is the study of living organisms and their structure, life-cycles, adaptations and environment.

  • Biology GCSE topics of study:
  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the composition, behaviour and properties of matter, and of the elements of the Earth and its atmosphere.

  • Chemistry GCSE topics of study:
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

Physics is the study of energy, forces, mechanics, waves, and the structure of atoms and the physical universe.

Physics GCSE topics of study:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space (triple only)

 

GCSE Exam information:

Combined Science
All exams are taken at the end of Year 11. There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Exams are either foundation or higher tier and are 1 hour 15 minutes in duration. Each exam is worth 16.7% of the final GCSE grade. The papers assess knowledge and understanding, as well as assessing recall of ‘required practicals’ and application of science skills. Papers will be a combination of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Triple Science
Each science is taught separately and by the end of Y11 students can aEach science is taught separately and by the end of Y11 students can achieve three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are two papers for each of the three GCSEs (50% per paper). Each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes. The papers assess knowledge and understanding, as well assessing recall of the ‘required practicals’ and application of science skills. Papers will be a combination of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response. Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics will be covered in more detail and in greater depth than for the combined Science qualification.


Useful links/websites:

Exam board specifications


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

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

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

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


Key contact(s):

Head of Department – Melissa Clement-Omaison

Email: momaison@brigantiatrust.net

Second in Department – Caitie Travis

Email: ctravis@brigantiatrust.net