Science

Key Stage 3
A new course based on Oxford Science Activate will be introduced in September covering a 2 Year KS3 consisting of Year 7, 8. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as separate units of work. KS3 pupils are set based on their Key Stage 2 assessment information and base-line tests carried out during the first 2 weeks of the term. These classes are assessed throughout the year in Years 7and  8.

In Year 7, students study a varied curriculum of 9 separate topics such as Cells, Particles and behaviour,  Forces, Structure and function, Elements, compounds and reactions,  Light & Sound, Reproduction , Acids & alkalis and  Space

Year 8 topics build on the knowledge acquired in Year 7 and include Health & lifestyle, The periodic table & Separation techniques, Electricity & Magnetism, Ecosystem processes, Metals & acids, Energy, Adaptation & inheritance, The Earth and Motion & pressure.

When students reach Year 9 they commence their KS4 Science GCSE’s

Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, Key Stage 3 assessment results are analysed and students are guided towards a route suited to their needs and abilities. These courses may include Double Science (equivalent to 2 GCSE’s and Separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) equivalent to three GCSE’s. Programme of study suitable for all pupils.

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

This is one of our two ‘double awards’ in GCSE science. It draws much of its content from the single science qualifications. You’ll explore exciting topics in biology, chemistry and physics and sit six exams – gaining the equivalent of two GCSEs. It’s excellent preparation if you want to study science after Key Stage 4.

Assessments

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Our separate science qualifications

GCSE Biology

This engaging qualification provides an excellent foundation for A-level Biology and combines core biological topics including Cell Biology and Infection and Response, with the latest biological findings.

Topics include:

  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology

GCSE Chemistry

You’ll learn a mixture of old and new topics – including the periodic table, Organic Chemistry and Energy Changes. You can progress to A-level Chemistry afterwards.

Topics include:

  • 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 10. Quantitative chemistry
  • 11. Chemical changes
  • 12. Energy changes
  • 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 14. Organic chemistry
  • 15. Chemical analysis
  • 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 17. Using resources

GCSE Physics

This qualification is useful, interesting and thought-provoking. You’ll cover a host of interesting topics, including forces, electricity and space physics. Everything it covers will prepare you for the step up to A-level.

Topics include:

  • 18. Energy
  • 19. Electricity
  • 20. Particle model of matter
  • 21. Atomic structure
  • 22. Forces
  • 23. Waves
  • 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

KS5

At KS5 we follow the AQA programme of study for all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) these qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

Subject content

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

Subject content: Biology

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)
  • The control of gene expression (A-level only)

Subject content: Chemistry

  • Physical chemistry3.1.1 Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Thermodynamics (A-level only)
  • Rate equations (A-level only)
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems (A-level only)
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)
  • Acids and bases (A-level only)
  • Inorganic chemistry3.2.1 Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens
  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides (A-level only)
  • Transition metals (A-level only)
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution (A-level only)
  • Organic chemistry3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis
  • Optical isomerism (A-level only)
  • Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)
  • Aromatic chemistry (A-level only)
  • Amines (A-level only)
  • Polymers (A-level only)
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA (A-level only)
  • Organic synthesis (A-level only)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)
  • Chromatography (A-level only)

Subject content: Physics

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Options

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics