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“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”  Carl Sagan.

Director:  Mr C Donovan-Bayley ([email protected])

Key Stage 3 Science:

KS3 for science comprises Years 7 and 8. Pupils experience an introduction to the key concepts of biology, chemistry and physics as well as, an introduction to practical work, analysis and scientific thinking.

Areas studied in Year 7:

Term 1- Mixing, dissolving and separating (chemistry)

Term 2- Eating, drinking and breathing (biology)

Term 3- Energy transfers and sound (physics)

Term 4- Forces and their effects (physics)

Term 5- Cells; the building blocks of life (biology)

Term 6- Elements, compounds and reactions (chemistry)

Areas studied in Year 8:

Term 1- Getting the energy your body needs (biology)

Term 2- Looking at plants and ecosystems (biology)

Term 3- Explaining physical changes (chemistry)

Term 4- Explaining physical changes (chemistry)

Term 5- Exploring contact and non-contact forces (physics)

Term 6- Magnetism and electricity (physics)

Key Stage 4 Science:

"You learn things much more deeply than in lower school, you start to feel like you really understand science."  Vicki - Year 10.

Pupils start their GCSEs in year 9 and continue these through years 10 and 11. All examinations are sat at the end of year 11. The exam specification studied is OCR Gateway 9-1.

Pupils either take Combined Science or Separate Sciences. Both courses are 100% examination based and understanding of practical skills are assessed within the exam papers.

Combined Science is worth two GCSE qualifications and culminates in 6 exams at the end of year 11. There are two biology, two chemistry and two physics examinations. Each exam is worth 60 marks and lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes. All of the exams are equally weighted (16.7% each) and the average grade of all six papers is used to determine the final grades awarded.

Separate Science is worth three GCSE qualifications and also culminates in 6 examinations although each exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pupils sitting Separate Sciences will cover all the content in Combined Science but there is also additional content that is covered. Pupils are awarded three separate GCSEs; one for biology, one for chemistry and one for physics.

Information relating to the specific content of each course can be found in the specification links below.

Combined science: CLICK 

Separate sciences:

Biology: CLICK

Chemistry:  CLICK

Physics: CLICK

Key Stage 5 Science:

"You really start to build your practical skills and you can see how what you’re doing in your experiments helps scientists in the real world."  Emma - Year 12.

Course: AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Learners will cover topics such as:

  • scientific principles associated with the application of biology, chemistry and physics
  • experimental and practical techniques associated with applied science
  • the roles and skills of scientists, and the public and media perception of science.

Pupils will address many of the topic covered in A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will also develop analytical skills while reviewing science in the media.

Assessment methods:

50% internally assessed material, 50% exams (total 4 ½ hours of exams).

In the first year the course is 1/3 internally assessed practical work and 2/3 exams. Both of the exams will be sat in June. One of the exams covers the key scientific principals in biology, chemistry and physics. The second exam investigates science in the media and there are materials that the exam will be based around released 10 weeks before the exam.

Entry requirements:

Minimum C grade (Higher tier only) in Core and Additional Science. Minimum C grade in Maths and English.

Progression and career opportunities:

This qualification is supported by a range of universities and taken alongside other qualifications it can fulfil the entry requirements for a number of science-related higher education courses, including biomedical, forensic and sports science, as well as nursing. In addition, the qualification is eligible for UCAS points.

Link for specification and further course information: CLICK