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Science

Key Stage 3

The science faculty offers students in years 7, 8 and 9 a range of interesting and practical-based lessons covering all three areas of science – biology, physics and chemistry.

The Key Stage 3 course is based on schemes of work which are written in-house by experienced teachers in accordance with the APP (assessing pupil progress) guidelines.

Key Stage 4

Triple Science

Students choosing the triple science option will study the same content as those studying the double award, but in greater depth. To study triple science students need to achieve Level 6 science by the end of Year 9 to be recommended by science staff.

At the end of this course students would achieve a GCSE in biology, a GCSE in chemistry and a GCSE in physics.

Students choosing this option should do so for positive reasons:

  • They really enjoy science as there will be a lot of it, and be prepared to do large extended homework.
  • They intend to take at least two sciences at AS level and probably aim for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or other sciences degrees at university.
    (Students need to be aware that all A Level and higher education options are still available by following the double science route).

Topics covered:

Biology

  • Cell biology & microscopy
  • Organisation of living things
  • Infection & response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Physics

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Exams contribute to 100% of the GCSE, however practical skills will be assessed throughout and exam questions will also assess these.

Double Science

All of us, as citizens, need to be able to cope with the science that shapes our lives. We will be on the receiving end of scientific ideas and technical information in many different roles such as householder, parent, patient, voter or juror. As well as this, some young people aspire to be scientists, or to work in careers where knowledge of science is essential, so educating the next generation of science practitioners is also crucial.

This GCSE will allow you to take a science subject at A Level. Topics covered:

Biology

  • Cell Biology & microscopy
  • Organisation of living things
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance variation and evolution
  • EcologyPhysics
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

At the end of Year 11 the assessment will be two exams in biology, chemistry and physics respectively. These are examined with written papers, which are marked externally. At the end of Year 11 students will be awarded two GCSE grades 9 – 1. These grades may be different.

If you are unsure as to what you should choose in the future then you should choose to study Double Science as this will give you more choice Post 16.

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