Science

SCIENCE

Key stage 3 Science:

Pupils follow the national curriculum for science.

Units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied.

Assessment is by formative assessment within each unit and summative assessment at the end of each block of three units.

The block content is as follows:

A = Speed, contact forces

B = Particle model, metals and non-metals

C = Light, sound and wave properties

D = Variation, human rep and plant rep

E = Earth structure, Universe and gravity

F = Acids & alkalis, separating mixtures and the periodic table

G = Current, voltage & resistance and energy costs

H = Cells, movement and breathing

I = Elements, chemical energy and types of reactions

J = Pressure, electromagnets and magnetism

K = Interdependence, evolution and inheritance

L = Wave effects, climate and Earth resources

M = Energy transfer, work and heating & cooling

N = Digestion, respiration and photosynthesis

Key stage 4 Science

All GCSE courses are AQA specifications.

Students will follow one of two pathways:

Route 1:

Triple Science

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied separately throughout year 10 and 11 and lead to three separate science GCSEs.

Students will sit either foundation or higher tier papers.

Each GCSE comprises of two 1 hour 45 minutes examinations worth 50% of the final grade.

All examinations are taken at the end of year 11.

Biology specification: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-8461-SP-2016.PDF

Chemistry specification: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chemistry/specifications/AQA-8462-SP-2016.PDF

Physics specification: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF

Route 2:

This route leads to a combined science GCSE which is worth 2 GCSE grades and is awarded as a double grade from highest grade of 9-9 to 1-1.

Students will sit either foundation or higher tier papers.

Units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied and each of the contributing sciences are examined over two written papers, giving a total of six papers taken at the end of year 11.

Each paper is 1 hour 15 minutes and contributes 16.7% to the final mark.

Combined science specification: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF