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Science

Key Stage 3

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Key Stage 4

Combined Science (2 GCSEs) – Core


Biology, Chemistry and Physics will be covered equally, with the end award being based on a combination of all three subjects, giving two science GCSEs. A series of exams will be sat in June of Year 11; these exams will determine the final grade. All students will begin to study this qualification at the start of year 9. The lessons will be taught on a rotational basis with each students spending approximately a third of the year studying each of the three sciences with a specialist teacher. At the end of Year 10 students will sit a series of mock exams which will determine their set for Year 11. If a student achieves their target and wishes to study Triple Science, they will be placed in the appropriate set to do so in Year 11.

Triple Science (3 GCSEs) – Optional

In addition to the Combined Science course of study, students will study additional units to complete the Triple Qualification. Students who opt for Triple Science will need to have achieved their target grade in Years 9 and 10, demonstrate a strong and consistent ATL and have the support of their teacher (written recommendation). Successful students will then be entered for the Triple Science qualifications where they will achieve three GCSEs instead of two. Below shows the programme of study for the triple science qualification, with the combined programme of study also including these topics to a lesser degree.

Biology:

  • Cell biology
  • Transport systems
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Coordination and control
  • Photosynthesis
  • Ecosystems
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution

Assessment: 2 Exams – Combined Science (1h15m) / Triple Science (1h45m)

Chemistry:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Structure, bonding and the properties of matter
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes in chemistry
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemical and allied industries
  • Earth and atmospheric science

Assessment: 2 Exams – Combined Science (1h15m) / Triple Science (1h45m)

Physics:

  • Energy
  • Forces
  • Forces and motion
  • Waves in matter
  • Light and electromagnetic waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Assessment: 2 Exams – Combined Science (1h15m) / Triple Science (1h45m)

Key Stage 5

Applied Science Level 3

The Level 3 BTEC National Award in Applied Science (Environmental Science) offers students an alternative route to the traditional AS/A2 level that is currently on offer academically. It is designed with the workplace in mind, but also offers an alternative route into higher education.

All work is assessed by portfolio work. There are 6 units of work to complete.
• Fundamentals of Science
• Working in the Science Industry
• Physiology of Human Body Systems
• Using Science in the Workplace
• Scientific Investigations

Biology A Level

Biology A Level covers many topics including Biological molecules; Cells; How organisms exchange substances with their environment; Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms; Energy transfers in and between organisms; How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments; Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystem; and the control of gene expression.

Chemistry A Level

The course is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry.

Physical Chemistry: This includes atomic structure; amount of substance; Bonding;Energetics; Kinetics; Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc; Oxidation, reduction and redox equations; Thermodynamics; Rate equations; Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems; Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells; and Acids and bases.

Inorganic Chemistry:This includes Periodicity; Group 2, the alkaline earth metals; Group 7(17), the halogens; Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides; Transition metals; and reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry: This includes introduction to organic chemistry; Alkanes; Halogenoalkanes; Alkenes; Alcohols; Organic analysis; Optical isomerism; Aldehydes and ketones; Carboxylic acids and derivatives; Aromatic chemistry; Amines; and Polymers.

Physics A Level

Core content
1 Measurements and their errors
2 Particles and radiation
3 Waves
4 Mechanics and materials
5 Electricity
6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
7 Fields and their consequences
8 Nuclear physics

Options
9 Astrophysics
10 Medical physics
11 Engineering physics
12 Turning points in physics
13 Electronics

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