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SCIENCES LEARNING AREA

Staff

Mr. W. Sloane (Head of Learning Area/Physics)

Mr. S. Drennan (Physics)

Dr. S. Wilson (Chemistry)

Mr C. Knox (Chemistry)

Dr. R. Hogg (Biology)

 

The Curriculum

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

 

Term

Weeks

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

1

1 - 7

Who am I (Tissues & Transplants)

Ecology Matters and Photosynthesis

Food and Diet

 

8 -14

Bubbles ,bangs and basic ideas.

 

Electrical Circuits

Light and Sound (will run into term 2)

2

1 - 6

Energy and Sustainable Living

Water

Materials.

 

7 -14

Reproduction

Classified

Circulation and Respiration

3

1 - 6

Acids and Alkalis

Physical Chemistry

KS3 Testing.

 

Forces and their effects.

 

7 - 11

Olympics

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.

 

Assessment Weightings

 

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:

 

Assessment Component

Nature of Assessment

Component weighting

Unit B1. Biology Unit 1: Living Processes and Biodiversity

External

11%

Unit C1. Chemistry Unit 1: Structures, Trends and Chemical Reactions

External

11%

Unit P1. Physics Unit 1: Force and Motion, Energy, Moments, and Radioactivity

External

11%

Unit B2. Biology Unit 2: Body Systems, Genetics, Micro-organisms and Health

External

14%

Unit C2. Chemistry Unit 2: Further Chemical Reactions and Organic Chemistry

External

14%

Unit P2. Physics Unit 2: Waves, Sound and Light, Electricity, and the Earth and Universe.

 

External

14%

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

25%




Chemistry


KS4

CCEA GCSE Chemistry

Year 11

  • Unit 1 Structures, trends and Chemical reactions
  • Controlled Assessment

Year 12

  • Unit 2 Further Chemical reactions and Organic chemistry

 

KS5

OCR AS Chemistry

Year 13

  • Atoms, bonds and groups
  • Chains, Energy and resources
  • Practical skills 1

 

OCR A2 Chemistry

Year 14

  • Rings, Polymers and Analysis
  • Equilibria, Energetics and elements
  • Practical skills 2

 

Career relevance

Pharmacy

Chemical Engineering

Medicine

Veterinary medicine

Dentistry

Food technology

Geology

 

Skills needed:

Mathematical

Thinking (logical) skills

 

Skills developed:

Practical:

  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Evaluative

Problem solving

Abstract thinking