Science

Key Stage 3

During year 7 and 8 students will have the opportunity to carry out investigations and complete practical as well as written work on: Organisms, Behaviour and Health, Chemical and Material Behaviour, Energy, Electricity and Forces and Environment, The Earth and the Universe. Students will develop communication, analytical and evaluation skills which will enable them to approach problems in a scientific way. Assessment will take place throughout the year and will focus on these skill areas which will support students in their KS4 courses.

 

Key Stage 4

What will I study?

In Science, you will build up on what you achieved in Key Stage 3. You will either study GCSE Triple Science where you will have 3 separate GCSE’s: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Combined Science worth the equivalent of 2 GCSEs.

 

GCSE TRIPLE SCIENCE: The most able students in Science will initially study the same units as all other Science groups. In Year 10 there will be an assessment that contributes towards deciding who will be able to follow the separate sciences pathway (leading to qualifications in Chemistry, Biology and Physics) which will be examined at the end of Year 11.

 

What can this course lead to?

This course should provide insight into and experience of how science works, stimulating your curiosity and encouraging you to engage with science in your everyday life and to make informed choices about further study and about career choices.  There are lots of fascinating and crucial roles that  science can prepare you for:

  • Designing ecologically friendly energy sources
  • Developing new modes of communication
  • Helping people to live more sustainably
  • Producing safe, environmentally friendly and healthy products; from aeroplanes to chocolate bars
  • Working with farmers to improve crop production
  • Protecting the environment and combating the effects of climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions and limiting global warming
  • Finding alternative methods for supplying clean water
  • Discovering new medicines and vaccines for treating killer diseases, techniques for surgery or gene therapy

 

How will this course be assessed?

Examination: 100%

 

COMBINED SCIENCE: This course allows you to gain two GCSEs in Science.  You will follow a balanced curriculum involving some topics from Biology, Physics and Chemistry.  These will be examined at the end of year 11.

How will this course be assessed?

Examination: 100%