Science

 

Science is one of the most enlightening subjects, which allows exploring and studying the behaviour of physical and natural world. To deepen this understanding, our lessons include practical aspects, ranging from in-depth scientific investigations to kinaesthetic activities.

 

Key Stage 3

Students follow a general Science course which comprises of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students explore topics such as cell structure and biological reactions, acids, alkalis and chemical reactions, forces, energy, electricity and Earth’s atmosphere. Students develop inquiry, problem-solving, thinking and learning skills.

At the end of every topic, students sit an internal assessment to consolidate their understanding of the topic.

 

Key Stage 4

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Science course (new linear course) in Years 9 to 11. We offer Combined Science in Years 9 and 10, Combined and Separate Science in Year 11. Combined Science comprises of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and eight mandatory Core practicals. Students will be chosen to study Separate Science in year 11. These students will be taught the separate contents that come up in each of the Sciences. At the end of every topic, students will sit an internal assessment to consolidate their understanding of the topic.

 

Assessment

Combined Science and Separate Science students in Year 11 will be sitting external exams in May/June. There are six externally examined papers. Each Combined Science paper is 1 hour 10 minutes long and each Separate Science paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long.

 

Key Stage 5

Students follow the Edexcel GCE Biology B and the Edexcel GCE Chemistry (new linear course) in Years 12 and 13. Students carry out mandatory Core practical activities in both sciences. At the end of each topic students sit an internal test which is of GCE standard. They take quick knowledge based tests regularly.

 

The aims and objectives of GCE Biology-B and GCE Chemistry are to enable students to develop:

  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
  • their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

 

Biology

Students follow the following topics during the two years: Biological Molecules, Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things, Classification and Biodiversity, Exchange and Transport, Energy for Biological Processes, Microbiology and Pathogens, Modern Genetics, Origins of Genetic Variation, Control Systems and Ecosystems.

 

Assessment

Two papers which are 1 hour 45 minutes long and one paper which is 2 hours 30 minutes long.  Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

 

Chemistry

Students follow these topics during the two years: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, Bonding and Structure, Redox I and II, Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table, Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance, Energetics I and II, Equilibrium I and II, Acid-base Equilibria, Transition Metals, Organic Chemistry I, II and III, Modern Analytical Techniques I and II, and Kinetics I and II.

 

Assessment

Two papers which are 1 hour 45 minutes long and one paper which is 2 hours 30 minutes long.  Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

 

Applied Science

Some students in year 12 and 13 follow Edexcel Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science which is equivalent in size to one A Level. There are 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.

 

Level 3 Applied Science is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses. Applied Science can be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

 

Assessment

Unit 1 – Principles of Applications of Science I – mandatory and examined externally

Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques – mandatory and examined internally

Unit 3 – Science Investigation Skills – mandatory and examined externally

Unit 9 – Human Regulation and Reproduction – optional