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 – Biology, Chemistry and Physics

The AQA triple science GCSE has been designed to meet ‘world class qualification principles’. It allows students to experience a wide breadth of science and explore chemical systems in a working scientific context.

The assessment consists of two externally-examined papers per subject (six in total) available at either foundation tier or higher tier. Students must complete all assessments in the same tier, during May/June in any single year.

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
Topics 1-4: cell biology; organisation; infection and response; and bioenergetics
Topics 5-7: homeostasis and response; inheritance, variation and evolution; and ecology

Chemistry
Topics 1-5: atomic structure and the periodic table; bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; quantitative chemistry, chemical changes and energy changes
Topics 6-10: the rate and extent of chemical change; organic chemistry; chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources

Physics
Topics 1-4: energy, electricity, particle model of matter, and atomic structure
Topics 5-8: forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism, and space physics

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

Combined Science

The AQA Combined Science GCSE has been designed to meet ‘world class qualification principles’. It allows students to experience a wide breadth of biology, chemistry and physics and explore practical science in a working scientifically context.

The assessment consists of six externally-examined papers in two in each of the three sciences: biology, chemistry and physics, available at either foundation tier or higher tier. Students must complete all assessments in the same tier, during May/June in any single year. This will lead to two science GCSE qualifications.

Method of assessment:
There is a paper 1 and paper 2 for each science subject – biology, chemistry and physics

Topic areas covered:

Biology: cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance,
variation and evolution, and ecology.

Chemistry: atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, the rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemistry of the atmosphere, and using resources.

Physics: forces, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism, particle model of matter, and atomic structure