Academic Information

Science

Aims

  • To stimulate pupils’ curiosity and enthusiasm to develop a sense of wonder in science
  • To developing skills in scientific methods of enquiry
  • To engage pupils to develop understanding of the processes of science as well as content of scientific knowledge

Staff

Mrs Open
Mrs Dinsmore
Mrs Hawthorne
Mrs Best
Mrs Butterworth
Miss Toner


Key Stage 3

Year 8

  • I’m a scientist now
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Cells and reproduction
  • Forces
  • Electricity
  • Space

Year 9

  • Microbes and disease
  • Elements, mixtures and separation techniques
  • Energy
  • Organ systems
  • Digestion

Year 10

  • Food and diet
  • Health
  • Metals and compounds
  • Light and sound
  • Waves and the EM spectrum

Key Stage 4

GCSE Single Award Science

Exam Board: CCEA. 75% exam, 25% controlled assessment.

  • Biology (Section A) – Staying Alive
  • Biology (Section B) – Human Activity and Health
  • Chemistry (Section A) – Chemical Patterns and Our Environment
  • Chemistry (Section B) – Materials and Their Management
  • Physics (Section A) – Electricity, Waves and Communication
  • Physics (Section B) – Fossil Fuels, Road Transport and Safety, Radioactivity, and Earth in Space

GCSE Double Award Science

Exam Board: CCEA. 75% exam, 25% controlled assessment.

  • Biology Unit 1 (B1): Living Processes and Biodiversity
  • Biology Unit 2 (B2): Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health
  • Chemistry Unit 1 (C1): Structures, Trends and Chemical Reactions
  • Chemistry Unit 2 (C2): Further Chemical Reactions and Organic Chemistry
  • Physics Unit 1 (P1): Force and Motion, Energy, Moments and Radioactivity
  • Physics Unit 2 (P2): Waves, Sound and Light, Electricity, and the Earth and Universe

Post 16

Double Award Applied Science

Exam Board: AQA. Portfolio work: 67%, Written examination: 33%.

  • Sports Science
  • Physics of Performance Effects
  • The Actions and Development of Medicines
  • Colour Chemistry
  • The Role of the Pathology Service
  • Ecology, Conservation and Recycling

A-Level Biology

Exam Board: CCEA. 100% Written examination.

Students acquire and develop skills that are valued in further and higher education, as well as in the workplace. These include analysis, evaluation, problem solving, research and an ability to understand complex processes, along with practical skills such as using a microscope, fieldwork and handling apparatus.

Knowledge of biological processes is useful in a wide range of areas, including health, food production, conservation and, increasingly, technology.

The specification encourages students to:

  • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for biology (including an interest in further study and biology-related careers)
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • Take part in practical activities that support the specification content and develop essential scientific skills
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues
  • Understand how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

CE Biology has two levels: AS and A2. There are three units in each level. Students can take the AS qualification or complete both levels to achieve the full A-Level qualification. The AS units make up 40% of the full A level qualification, and the A2 units make up 60%.

At each level, students must study all three units:

AS Level

  • Unit AS 1: Molecules and Cells
  • Unit AS 2: Organisms and Biodiversity
  • Unit AS 3: Practical Skills in AS Biology

A2 Level

  • Unit A2 1: Physiology, Coordination and Control, and Ecosystems
  • Unit A2 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends
  • Unit A2 3: Practical Skills in Biology

Skills Developed

  • Analysis
  • Analytical and synoptic skills
  • Evaluation
  • Ability to apply knowledge and skills in appropriate vocational contexts
  • Ability to understand complex processes
  • Ability to plan, work and think independently through portfolio work
  • Practical skills, including the ability to plan, carry out and evaluate investigative work
  • Problem-solving
  • Research
  • Written communication skills
  • Practical skills such as using a microscope, fieldwork and handling apparatus.
  • Understanding of the science that affects nearly every aspect of our lives

Careers

  • Botany
  • Chemical industries
  • Dentistry
  • Environmental science
  • Food and catering industries
  • Forensic science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Nursing and healthcare
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Psychology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports and leisure sectors
  • Teaching
  • Zoology

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