Science

Key Stage 3

Year 7

All pupils will follow the National Curriculum for Science using the Exploring Science scheme as a framework.

Pupils will cover 12 modules of content:
• 4 Biology (Cells, tissues, organs and systems; Reproduction in animals; Muscles and bones and Ecosystems);
• 4 Chemistry (Mixtures and separation; Acids and alkalis; The particle model and Atoms, elements and molecules);
• 4 Physics (Energy; Current electricity; Forces and Sound).

Each module will have ‘Working Scientifically’ and ‘Literacy and Communication’ skills in taught in them.
Assessment is made up of end of topic tests and end of term tests.

Year 8

All pupils will follow the National Curriculum for Science using the Exploring Science scheme as a framework.

Pupils cover 12 modules of content:
• 4 Biology (Food and nutrition; Plants and their reproduction; Breathing and respiration and Unicellular organisms);
• 4 Chemistry (Combustion; The periodic table; Metals and their uses and Rocks);
• 4 Physics (Fluids; Light; Energy transfers and Earth and space).

Each module will have ‘Working Scientifically’ and ‘Literacy and Communication’ skills in taught in them.
Assessment is made up of end of topic tests and end of term tests.
Key Stage 3 Level Descriptors

 

Key Stage 4

All pupils will be working on AQA GCSEs in Science from Year 9 to Y11. The GCSEs have terminal exams in year eleven and whilst there is no formal coursework, there are required practicals which can be assessed within the exams. These required practicals can be found on the VLE in the Science section.

Pupils will either follow one of two routes.
1. Combined Science: Trilogy (Double award)
This is assessed through six exam papers of one hour fifteen minutes duration (seven and half hours of assessment).
2. Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple award).
This is assessed through six exam papers of one hour forty-five minutes duration (ten and a half hours of assessment).
Both routes cover exactly the same modules and both have a higher and foundation tier of entry.

Irrespective of the strand undertaken by a pupil, both courses allow entry into the Sixth Form to study pure Science A levels. The exact criteria for entry to study A level sciences will be published during the course of the year in which your son/daughter begins year eleven.

Pupils will cover the following modules:
Biology

 

1.Cells and Transport

2- Cell Division

3- Organisation and the digestive system

4- Organising animals and plants

5- Communicable diseases

6-Preventing and treating disease

7-Non-communable diseases

8-Photosynthesis

9-Respiration

10- The human nervous system

11-Hormonal coordination

12-Homeostasis in action

13-Reproduction

14-Variation and evolution

15-Genetics and evolution

16- Adaptations, interdependence and competition

17- Organising an ecosystem

18- Biodiversity and ecosystems

 

• Biology paper 1 is chapters 1-9 (some content from chapter 13 is also needed).
• Biology paper 2 is chapters 10-18 (content from chapters 1, 2 and 9 will also be examined).
• Chapters 5, 6,10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 all have extra content for Separate Sciences (therefore Trilogy students will not cover all the content for these modules)
• Chapter 12 is for Separate Science students only.

Chemistry

1 Atomic Structure

2 The periodic table

3 Structure and bonding

4 Chemical calculations

5 Chemical changes

6 Electrolysis

7 Energy changes

8 Rates and equilibrium

9 Crude oil and fuels

10 Organic reactions

11 Polymers

12 Chemical analysis

13 The Earth’s atmosphere

14 The Earth’s resources

15 Using our resources

• Paper 1 is chapters 1-7. Paper 2 is chapters 8-15 (and also some content from chapters 1-4).
• Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 12 all have extra content for Separate Science students (Trilogy students will not be taught all content for these modules).
• Chapters 10, 11 and 15 are for Separate Science students only.

Physics

1.   Conservation and Dissipation of Energy

2.   Energy Transfer by Heating

3.   Energy resources

4.   Electric Circuits

5.   Electricity in the home

6.   Molecules and Matter

7.   Radioactivity

8.   Forces in balance

9.   Motion

10. Force and motion

11. Force and pressure

12. Wave properties

13. Electromagnetic waves

14. Light

15. Electromagnetism

16. Space

 

• Paper 1 Chapters 1-7

• Paper 2 Chapters 8-16 (the concepts of energy changes and transfers along with the conservation of energy from paper 1 will also be examined).

• Modules 4, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 15 have additional content for Separate Science students (Trilogy students will not be taught all of the content of these modules).

• Modules 11, 14 and 16 are Separate Science students only.

Key Stage 5

A-Level Biology
Exam Board: AQA
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammoths. Biology is a dynamic subject never far from the headlines.

In the first year you will study 4 main topics:
• Biological molecules;
• Cells;
• Organisms exchange substances with their environment;
• Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

In addition will there are numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip you with the essential practical skills you need.
Y12 is assessed by two internal written papers.

Year 13 helps you build on that firm foundation and you will study:
• Energy transfers in and between organisms;
• Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments;
• Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems;
• The control of gene expression.

At A-level you will assessed by 3 written papers, each of 2 hours.
Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments. A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of your competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

A-Level Chemistry

Exam board: OCR
Course: OCR level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry A.
The scheme of work can be found in the Science VLE.
This is a linear two year course with 3 exams covering 6 modules (module content and examinations are outlined in the table below).

Assessment overview

Periodic table, elements and physical Chemistry  (01)

100 marks: 15 marks of multiple choice. 85 marks for short and extended answer questions.

2hr 15 minutes

Written paper

Content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

37% of A level

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02)

100 marks: 15 marks multiple choice. 85 marks for short and extended answer questions.

2hr 15 minutes

Written paper

Content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

37% of A level

Unified Chemistry (03)

70 marks: All marks are for short and extended answer questions.

1hr 30 minutes

Written paper

All modules 1-6

26% of A level

Practical endorsement in Chemistry (04)

Non exam assessment

Reported separately

 

Content overview

Module 1- Development of practical skills in Chemistry.

Module 2-Foundations in Chemistry

Module 3-Periodic table and energy

Module 4-Core organic Chemistry

Module 5-Physical Chemistry and transition elements

Module 6-Organic Chemistry and analysis

 

A-Level Physics

Exam board: Edexcel
Course: Pearson Edexcel level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics.
This is a linear two year course with 3 exams covering 12 modules and practical principles (as detailed below).

Assessment overview

A level Paper 1 – Advanced Physics I 

90 marks 1 hour 45 minutes 

Question types: multiple choice, short and long answer questions, and calculations. 

Questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up 40% of the exam papers.

• Working as a Physicist

• Mechanics

• Electric Circuits

• Further Mechanics

• Electric and Magnetic Fields

• Nuclear and Particle Physics

30% of A level

A level Paper 2 – Advanced Physics II 

90 marks  1 hour 45 minutes 

Question types: multiple choice, short and long answer questions, and calculations.

 

Questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up 40% of the exam papers.

 • Working as a Physicist

• Materials

• Waves and the Particle Nature of Light

• Thermodynamics

• Space

• Nuclear Radiation

• Gravitational Fields

• Oscillations

30% of A level

A level Paper 3 – General and Practical Principles in Physics 

120 marks         2 hours 30 minutes 

• All topics across the full A level specification.

• Half of the paper will also focus on testing students’ knowledge and understanding of 

  practical skills and techniques.

40% of A level

There are 16 core practicals that cover all of the 12 techniques required for the practical competency measure.

• Knowledge of all core practicals can be tested within exam papers.

• Core practicals form part of the practical competency assessment.

Reported separately

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