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Head of Science: Mr R Chotai

Key Stage 3 Coordinator: Mr S Moore

Key Stage 4 Coordinator: Mr P Randall

Key Stage 5 Coordinator: Mr R Chotai

Science Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9, the students study the three sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate modules. A different module is completed every half-term. Students’ progress through the modules in the order shown below.

The content of the modules in Year 7 are:

Biology 1 – Cells and Reproduction
Chemistry 1 – Particles, Atoms and Elements
Physics 1 – Sound and Light
Biology 2 – Body Systems
Chemistry 2 – Chemical Reactions (including acids and alkalis)
Physics 2 – Forces and Space

The content of the modules in Year 8 are:

Chemistry 3 – Atoms, Elements, Compounds and Reactions
Physics 3 – Energy Transfers and Magnetism
Biology 3 – Food, Digestion and Respiration
Chemistry 4 – Rocks and Weathering
Physics 4 – Light and Sound
Biology 4 – Microbes, Disease and Ecological Relationships

In Year 9, students progress through six different topics, which are as follows:

Physics 5 – Gravity, Space and Speed
Biology 5 – Variation and Inheritance and Fit and Healthy
Chemistry 5 – Reactions of Metals and Using Chemistry
Physics 6 – Energy and Electricity
Biology 6 – Plants, Photosynthesis and Food
Chemistry 6 – Chemistry and the Environment

Science Key Stage 4

The majority of students are following the GCSE Edexcel Combined Science (9-1) course. This will be examined at the end of year 11. It will contain aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and lead to the of award 2 grades at the end of the 2 years.  There will be 6 papers, two for each science, each of 1hr 10mins

Some students are following the Separate sciences pathway, which will lead to 3 separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These students will also sit all exams at the end of year 11.  There will be two papers for each science, each of 1hr 45mins

A Level Biology; Exam board: AQA

Year 1
Biological Molecules, Cells, Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment, Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships Between Organisms.

Year 2

Energy Transfers in and Between Organisms, Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Environments, Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems and the Control of Gene Expression.

A Level Chemistry A; Exam board: AQA

Year 1

Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry.

Year 2

Thermodynamics, Rate Equations, Acids and Bases, Properties of Period 3 Elements and their Oxides, Transition Metals, Reactions of Ions in Aqueous Solutions, Further Organic Chemistry

A Level Physics A; Exam board: AQA

Year 1

Particles and Radiation, Waves and Optics, Mechanics and Materials, Electricity

Year 2

Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Fields and their Consequences, Nuclear Physics, Option Module - Astrophysics/Medical Physics/Engineering Physics/Turning Point in Physics/Electronics.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science; Exam board; Edexcel

The course is 58% externally assessed in the form of a 1 ½ hour written exam at the end of year 12 and a controlled assessment taken in year 13. The other 42% is internally assessed and is based on assignment work completed in the lesson.

Year 1

Unit 1 – Principles and applications of science

Unit 2 – Practical scientific procedures

Year 2

Unit 3 – Scientific investigation skills

And an optional unit from the following: Physiology of human body systems, Human regulation and reproduction, Biological molecules and metabolic pathways, Genetics and genetic engineering, Diseases and infections, Applications of inorganic chemistry, Applications of organic chemistry, Electrical circuits and their application and Astronomy and space.

September 2018