Science

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8):

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

Year 7 Topics:

  • Cells and the Human Body
  • Electricity and Electromagnetism
  • Food and Diet
  • Forces and Motion
  • Materials
  • Substances

Year 8 Topics:

  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Genetic Evolution
  • Material cycles, energy, interactions and interdependencies
  • Reactions
  • The Periodic Table

 

For Key Stage 4 options information, please click here.

Key Stage 5

At the academy students receive 6 lessons a week in science.

AS Chemistry

Course Name – Chemistry

Exam Board & Syllabus Number – OCR H032

 

Course Aims

This course enables students to:

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry;
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.

Course Content

Content is split into four teaching modules:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Scheme of Assessment

Both components assess content from all four modules.

Breadth in chemistry (01)*

70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

50% of total AS level

Depth in chemistry (02)*

70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

50% of total AS level

Progression

Choosing Chemistry at GCE will provide you with plenty of opportunities for further progression. At AS/A Level, in colleges and universities, Chemistry is a very relevant subject.

Combining Chemistry with Physics and Mathematics provides a sound basis for technically based degrees such as Engineering.

 

A2 Chemistry

Course Name – Chemistry

Exam Board & Syllabus Number – OCR H432

Course Aims

This course enables students to:

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry;
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.

Course Content

Content is split into six teaching modules:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Scheme of Assessment

Periodic Table, elements and physical chemistry (100 marks) 2hrs 15mins written paper

37% of total A level

Synthesis and analytical techniques (100 marks) 2hrs 15mins written paper

37% of total A level

Unified Chemistry (70 marks) 1hr 30mins written paper

26% of total A level

Progression

Choosing Chemistry at GCE will provide you with plenty of opportunities for further progression. At AS/A Level, in colleges and universities, Chemistry is a very relevant subject.

Combining Chemistry with Physics and Mathematics provides a sound basis for technically based degrees such as Engineering.

 

Biology

Course Name – Biology

Exam Board & Syllabus Number – AQA (AS) 50023391

(A2) 50023524

 

Course Aims

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. It offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and opportunity for independent progression from GCSE Science or Biology. There are a total of six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by written exam. Two units assess investigative and practical skills which can be marked by schools, colleges or by AQA .This specification allows all students to show what they can do, as well as being suitable for those looking for a challenge .A-level Biology builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent. Students who study A-level Biology may go on to a Biology-related degree course.

Course Content

There are a total of six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by written exam. Two units assess investigative and practical skills which can be marked by schools, colleges or by AQA.

Scheme of Assessment

The course is assessed through externally set written examination and internally assessed coursework.

Progression

Choosing Biology at GCE will provide you with plenty of opportunities for further progression. At AS/A Level, in colleges and universities, biology is a very relevant subject.

 

Forensic Science (BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Forensic Science)

Course Name – Level 3 Applied Science – Forensic Science

Exam Board & Syllabus Number – Edexcel 500/6673/0

 

Course Aims

BTEC Nationals are Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give students the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.

 

Course Content

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus from the Level 3 BTEC Certificate. The course is studied over a two year period. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level. To complete the course, students study six units.

The first three core units are:

  • Fundamentals of Science, the aim of this unit is to be able to communicate scientific information.
  • Working in the Science Industry, this unit provides an opportunity for learners to explore science in the workplace.
  • Scientific Practical Techniques, the aim of this unit is to allow students to develop scientific enquiry skills. To carry out scientific investigations and to interpret and evaluate results achieved.

Students then study a further three units of work:

Genetics & Genetic Engineering, the aim of this unit is for students to develop their understanding of genetics and the applications of genetics in the workplace.

Forensic Evidence: Collection and Analysis, the aim of this unit is to consider how forensic scientists work and to practice techniques used in forensics and how information is collected and analysed.

Chemical Laboratory Techniques: The aim of this unit is to give learners many opportunities to prepare, purify and analyse compounds made by reactions and by extraction. There is also a focus on qualitative and quantitative analysis, including analysis of compounds contained within commercial formulations.

Scheme of Assessment

All units are currently internally assessed. BTEC Level 3 assessment is currently under review by HM government and we will have a fuller idea when detailed specifications are published. All assessment for BTEC Nationals is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

During the course students will undertake a variety of different assessment methods, these could include; planning, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating scientific investigations, written reports, presentations, designing different publications such as posters, leaflets or booklets.

Progression

On completion of the course students will be prepared for some areas of employment within the Science Industry as well as providing them with a suitable grounding for Science related degrees or courses.

 

Physics

Course Name – Physics

Exam Board & Syllabus Number – EDEXCEL 8PH01/9PH01

Course Aims

AS and A Level courses based on this specification should encourage candidates to:

  • to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for physics, including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

 

Course Content:

Unit 1: Physics on the go (AS)

Unit 2: Physics at Work (AS)

Unit 3: Exploring Physics (AS)

Unit 4: Physics on the Move (A2)

Unit 5: Physics from Creation to Collapse (A2)

Unit 6: Experimental Physics (A2)

Scheme of Assessment:

Key changes introduced from September 2015:
The new A level in Physics is a linear qualification. All assessments for A level take place at the end of the course. The AS level Physics will still exist, as a standalone qualification. This means that results of AS level examinations will not contribute towards an A level. However, learners may still take an AS level in Physics and then go on to the A level.

The list below highlights some of the main changes to the physics specification:

The largest change is the movement of momentum (in one dimension) being moved to AS level Physics.

Questions involving the use of mathematical skills within Physics will contribute to 40% of the assessment.

Coursework to be removed in all science subjects.

Practical work to be assessed through questions in written examination papers at AS level and A level.

A separate assessment of ‘practical competency’ will assess the ability of learners in practical skills at A level only.

This assessment will be made by teachers and will be reported separately to the A level grade (it will not contribute to the overall A level grade).

Progression

This course can lead onto further study in Physics at university level.  Physics can help support a wide range of university course and career options.  Some careers that benefit from having Physics are: research scientist, lecturer, meteorologist, patent attorney and geophysicist!

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