SCIENCES LEARNING AREA
Mr. W. Sloane (Head of Learning Area/Physics)
Mr. S. Drennan (Physics)
Dr. S. Wilson (Chemistry)
Mr C. Knox (Chemistry)
Dr. R. Hogg (Biology)
All pupils study Science to GCSE level. At Key Stage 3 they are taught Science by a single teacher and have six periods of Science per week.
Below is an overview of the topics covered by pupils at KS3.
KS3 Science Scheme of Work
1 - 7
Who am I (Tissues & Transplants)
Ecology Matters and Photosynthesis
Food and Diet
Bubbles ,bangs and basic ideas.
Light and Sound (will run into term 2)
1 - 6
Energy and Sustainable Living
Circulation and Respiration
1 - 6
Acids and Alkalis
Forces and their effects.
7 - 11
The Solar System and Beyond
GCSE Double Award Science
All pupils study the Double Award – Unitised GCSE Science course. Pupils are taught by Subject Specialists and have a total of twelve Science periods per week, (4 Physics, 4 Chemistry and 4 Biology)
GCSE Double Award Science is a two year unitised course. This course covers Physics, Chemistry and
Biology and is the equivalent of 2 GCSE qualifications. You have the opportunity to be awarded a grade A*A*–CC at Higher Tier or CC–GG with Foundation Tier. The majority of pupils will sit the Higher Tier papers.
This specification encourages students to develop their curiosity about the living, material and physical worlds and provides insight into, and experience of, how science works.
It prepares students for further study in A level sciences and also is a valuable preparation for a range of careers, not only in the fields of science and engineering, but also, for example, in areas such as commerce and public service which value problem solving and practical skills.
At present we aim to complete Unit 1 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics during Year 11. Pupils will sit external exams in these units during the first year of their GCSE course with all remaining units examined at the end of Year 12.
The table below sets out the assessment objective weightings for each examination component and the overall GCSE qualification:
Nature of Assessment
Unit B1. Biology Unit 1: Living Processes and Biodiversity
Unit C1. Chemistry Unit 1: Structures, Trends and Chemical Reactions
Unit P1. Physics Unit 1: Force and Motion, Energy, Moments, and Radioactivity
Unit B2. Biology Unit 2: Body Systems, Genetics, Micro-organisms and Health
Unit C2. Chemistry Unit 2: Further Chemical Reactions and Organic Chemistry
Unit P2. Physics Unit 2: Waves, Sound and Light, Electricity, and the Earth and Universe.
Practical Skills Unit
Students complete at leasttwo controlled assessment tasks from a choice of six. The two tasks must come from different subject areas within the specification.
Internal Controlled assessment
CCEA GCSE Chemistry
- Unit 1 Structures, trends and Chemical reactions
- Controlled Assessment
- Unit 2 Further Chemical reactions and Organic chemistry
OCR AS Chemistry
- Atoms, bonds and groups
- Chains, Energy and resources
- Practical skills 1
OCR A2 Chemistry
- Rings, Polymers and Analysis
- Equilibria, Energetics and elements
- Practical skills 2
Thinking (logical) skills