"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." Daniel J. Boorstin

Science 

Below is a virtual tour of a Science classroom.

KS3 Overview of Topics

KS4 Subject Overview

We have restructured the curriculum pathways in Science at KS4 so that pupils follow the route that best suits their ability in the subject. Students will have studied the new KS3 curriculum in years 7 ad 8, so will start their GCSE science in year 9.

Route one: Dual award Science GCSE

Route two: Triple Science GCSE

 

Subject

Science (incorporating Additional Science)

Qualification awarded

GCSE Science

This is a double GCSE.  The subject has a Higher tier paper (A* to D) and a Foundation tier (C to G). 

Exam Board

OCR

 

Course content:                                              

This is a science based course that is designed to prepare students to have an understanding of science in the world around them.  This course covers aspects of biology, chemistry and physics through a modular approach. The subject material is taught in a relevant and up to date context, and student are taught to analyse and assess data and evidence from both their own work and external sources to explain how and why things happen.

Scheme of Assessment

Pupils complete the Core GCSE in Y10 and the Additional GCSE in Y11. Assessment is 75% exam at the end of each course and 25% Controlled Assessment task.

Special requirements

This course helps students to develop their scientific skills, particularly analytical skills to help them access sources of evidence and support predictions about why things happen.

 

Subject

Separate (Triple) Sciences

GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Physics

Qualification awarded

GCSE Separate Sciences

Three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

Exam Board

OCR

 

Course content:

As well as the Core and Additional units separate science pupils will also study the following:

B7 Further biology: Biology across the ecosystem

  • Living organisms are interdependent - energy flow through ecosystems. Soil.
  • Photosynthesis - importance of photosynthesis in the food chain.
  • Heterotrophic nutrition - symbiosis and commensalisms. Parasites.
  • New technologies - DNA technologies; social, ethical and economic implications.
  • Respiration - respiration and exercise.
  • Circulation - components of blood; blood types; the circulation system.
  • Skeletal systems - skeletal system; health and fitness.

C7 Further chemistry: Chemistry for a sustainable world

  • Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters. organic molecules and functional groups; alcohols; carboxylic acids; esters.
  • Energy changes in Chemistry. Why are there energy changes during chemical reactions?
  • Reversible reactions and equilibria - introducing dynamic equilibrium
  • Analysis - analytical procedures; chromatography; quantitative analysis
  • Green Chemistry - the chemical industry; the characteristics of green Chemistry; making ethanol.

P7 Further physics: Observing the Universe

  • Observing the sky with the naked eye - stars, planets and satellites.
  • How does a telescope work? making a real image with a converging lens and the use of a second lens to create a telescope.
  • What are the objects we see in the night sky and how far are they? Spectra and brightness of stars; parsec; Cepheid variables; Hubble constant.
  • What are stars? Birth and death of stars; nuclear processes.
  • How do astronomers work together?

Scheme of Assessment

Pupils will study the Core units in year 9 then spit into the separate disciplines in year 10 and 11. These will be assessed by 75% terminal exam and 25% Controlled assessment investigation.         

Special requirements

This course requires students to get to grips with a range of knowledge and understanding and apply it in their portfolio. Independent study for the coursework component is an essential skill.

 

Subject

Psychology

Qualification awarded

GCSE Psychology

Exam Board

AQA

 

“The human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place.” Jim Butcher, Turn Coat

Course content:                                            

In year 10 students will be introduced to the basic scientific research methods used throughout psychology. They will then go on to look at various areas such as: memory, non-verbal communication, developing personality, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, in an attempt to make sense of other people. Throughout year 11 they will build upon these skills an look at principles based around: learning, aggression, sex and gender, social influence and a more in-depth look at the research methods used within psychology, in an attempt to understand other people. Much of the learning will take place based around well known psychological studies, and indeed by the investigations pupils’ carryout themselves.

Scheme of Assessment

100% Examination

Comprising of 2 Units both will be examined at the end of year 11.

Special requirements

Students who take GCSE Psychology are expected to: -

  • Be working at a level 5 or above in English due to the heavy written element of the examinations.
  • Think creatively to link and evaluate psychological ideas and concepts.
  • Manage their own time and be responsible for keeping on top of their workload.
  • Be open minded and willing to consider the ideas and viewpoints of others.