Science

Vision

The faculty firmly believes the learning about the sciences enables both the individual and society as a whole to grow. Understanding how the world works and the development of critical thinking skills through challenging and engaging lessons promotes a sense of achievement.

We create opportunities for our students to think about the relevant application and implication of science. We teach them to think scientifically when exploring the world around them, analysing information in order to make informed decisions with respect to their own well-being and their environment. Most importantly we expect our students to learn from their mistakes and to ask questions.

The teachers are committed to providing an environment conducive to successful teaching and learning. We aim to motivate our students to become well-informed about current scientific developments and to create accomplished scientists of the future.

Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 Science programme is based on Oxford Science ‘Activate’ which is a 2 Year KS3 consisting of Year 7, 8.  Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as separate units of work.

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 GCSEs

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 include Combined Science Trilogy (equivalent to 2 GCSEs) and Separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) equivalent to three GCSEs.

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

This is a ‘double awards’ course in GCSE science. It explores exciting topics in biology, chemistry and physics and sit a total of six exams – gaining the equivalent of two GCSEs. It’s excellent preparation if you want to study science after Key Stage 4.

COURSE CONTENT

Biology for Combined Science: Trilogy

  • B1 Cell structure and transport
  • B2 Cell division
  • B3 Organisation and the digestive system
  • B4 Organising animals and plants
  • B5 Communicable diseases
  • B6 Preventing and treating disease
  • B7 Non-communicable diseases
  • B8 Photosynthesis
  • B9 Respiration
  • B10 The human nervous system
  • B11 Hormonal control in humans and plants
  • B12 Reproduction
  • B13 Variation and evolution
  • B14 Genetics and evolution
  • B15 Adaptations, interdependence, and competition
  • B16 Organising an ecosystem
  • B17 Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Mathematical skills
  • Working scientifically

Chemistry for Combined Science: Trilogy

  • C1 Atomic Structure
  • C2 The periodic table
  • C3 Structure and bonding
  • C4 Chemical calculations
  • C5 Chemical changes
  • C6 Electrolysis
  • C7 Energy changes
  • C8 Rates and equilibrium
  • C9 Crude oil and fuels
  • C10 Chemical analysis
  • C11 The Earth’s atmosphere
  • C12 The Earth’s resources
  • Mathematical skills
  • Working scientifically

Physics for Combined Science: Trilogy

  • P1 Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • P2 Energy transfer by heating
  • P3 Energy resources
  • P4 Electric circuits
  • P5 Electricity in the home
  • P6 Molecules and matter
  • P7 Radioactivity
  • P8 Forces in balance
  • P9 Motion
  • P10 Force and motion
  • P11 Wave properties
  • P12 Electromagnetic waves
  • P13 Electromagnetism
  • Maths skills for Physics
  • Working scientifically

ASSESSMENT

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

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.

COURSE CONTENT

  • B1 Cell structure and transport
  • B2 Cell division
  • B3 Organisation and the digestive system
  • B4 Organising animals and plants
  • B5 Communicable diseases
  • B6 Preventing and treating disease
  • B7 Non-communicable diseases
  • B8 Photosynthesis
  • B9 Respiration
  • B10 The human nervous system
  • B11 Hormonal coordination
  • B12 Homeostasis in action
  • B13 Reproduction
  • B14 Variation and evolution
  • B15 Genetics and evolution
  • B16 Adaptation and interdependence
  • B17 Organisation of an ecosystem
  • B18 The effect of human interactions on ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Maths skills for Biology
  • Working scientifically for Biology

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.

COURSE CONTENT

  • C1 Atomic structure
  • C2 The periodic table
  • C3 Structure and bonding
  • C4 Chemical calculations
  • C5 Chemical changes
  • C6 Electrolysis
  • C7 Energy changes
  • C8 Rates and equilibrium
  • C9 Crude oil and fuels
  • C10 Organic reactions
  • C11 Polymers
  • C12 Chemical analysis
  • C13 Our atmosphere
  • C14 The Earth’s resources
  • C15 Using our resources
  • Maths skills for Chemistry
  • Working scientifically for Chemistry

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.

  • P1 Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • P2 Energy transfer by heating
  • P3 Energy resources
  • P4 Electric circuits
  • P5 Electricity in the home
  • P6 Molecules and matter
  • P7 Radioactivity
  • P8 Forces in balance
  • P9 Motion
  • P10 Force and motion
  • P11 Force and pressure
  • P12 Wave properties
  • P13 Electromagnetic waves
  • P14 Light
  • P15 Electromagnetism
  • P16 Space
  • Maths skills for Physics
  • Working scientifically for Physics

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 at the end of their A-level course.

BIOLOGY

COURSE CONTENT

Year 12

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 13

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

CHEMISTRY

COURSE CONTENT

Year 12

  • 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
  • Inorganic chemistry3.2.1 Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens
  • Organic chemistry3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis

Year 13

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases
  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

PHYSICS

COURSE CONTENT

Year 12

  • 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