YEAR 7

Students develop their mastery of the following key skills:

  • Scientific enquiry (the ability to investigate through experimentation and practical work, and to ask questions).

  • Scientific modelling (to be able to use theories and models to explain scientific principles).

  • Scientific numeracy (to be able to use mathematical skills to describe and explain scientific principles).

  • Scientific literacy (to be able to communicate scientific discoveries to a range of audiences using a range of skills).

 

Curriculum

The Year 7 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics, which are delivered as separate sciences.

The biology topics covered are cells, reproduction, organ systems, plants and photosynthesis.

The chemistry topics covered are acids and bases, atoms elements and compounds, pure and impure substances, combustion and energy in reactions.

The physics topics covered are space, magnetism, particle theory, and energy.

Assessment

Students are assessed by regular end of unit topic tests and termly key assessments.

YEAR 8

Students continue to progress in their mastery of the key skills introduced in year 7:

Curriculum

The Year 8 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics, which are again taught as separate subjects.

Biology topics covered are classification and food webs, variation, pathogens.

Chemistry topics covered are the periodic table, properties of materials, earth and atmosphere.

Physics topics covered are waves, motion and forces, and electricity.

Assessment

Students are assessed by regular end of unit topic tests and termly key assessments.

YEAR 9

Students aim to progress in their mastery of the following key skills:

  • AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific techniques and procedures

  • AO2: apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures

  • AO3: analyse information and ideas to interpret and evaluate, make judgments and draw conclusions, develop and improve experimental procedures

Curriculum

Students in Year 9 are following the AQA GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology topics are cell biology, organisation, ecology.

Chemistry topics are atomic structure, the periodic table and structure and bonding, chemical changes, energy changes.

Physics topics are energy, electricity, particles and matter.

Assessment

Students are assessed by regular end of unit topic tests and termly key assessments.

YEAR 10

Students aim to continue to develop their skills in AO1, AO2, AO3.

Curriculum

Students in Year 10 follow AQA GCSE Separate Sciences.

The Year 10 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics.

Biology - bioenergetics, infection and response, homeostasis and response.

Chemistry - chemistry of the atmosphere, organic chemistry, chemical analysis.

Physics - forces, waves and electromagnetism

Assessment

Students are assessed by regular end of unit topic tests and termly key assessments.

YEAR 11

Students aim to continue to develop their skills in AO1, AO2, AO3.

Curriculum

Students in Year 11 follow AQA GCSE Separate Sciences.

The Year 11 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics.

Biology - cells, organisms and energy, common systems.

Chemistry -  atomic structure and the periodic table, ionic compounds and analysis, covalent compounds and separation techniques, groups in the periodic table, chemical reactions, quantitative chemistry,

Physics - static and current electricity, controlling and using electric currents, motion and forces, momentum energy work and power, nuclear fission and fusion, benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials.

Assessment

Students are assessed by regular end of unit topic tests,termly key assessments and external exams.

POST-16

BIOLOGY

Who is this course for?

This course is for people contemplating a first degree or career in  Biochemistry • Medicine • Veterinary Science • Engineering • Pharmacy and many other fields.

 

What do you need to apply for the course?

You need to have four GCSEs including Combined Science or separate sciences and Maths at grade 5 or above.

 

What are the key things you'll learn?

Over the two years you will study a variety of practical, theoretical and applied Biology topics including:

  • Biological molecules  

  • Cells  

  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment

  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms  

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms  

  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

  • The control of gene expression

How will you be assessed?

Year 12 - 2 90 minute external exam papers

Year 13 - 3 120 minute external exam papers

CHEMISTRY

Who is this course for?

This course is for people contemplating a first degree or career in  Biochemistry • Medicine • Chemistry • Engineering • Pharmacy and many other fields.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You need to have four GCSEs including Combined Science or separate sciences and Maths at grade 5 or above.

 

What are the key things you'll learn?

Over the two years you will study a variety of practical, theoretical and applied Chemistry topics including:

  • Physical Chemistry

  • Inorganic Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry

How will you be assessed?

Year 12 - 2 90 minute external exam papers

year 13 - 3 120 minute external exam papers

PHYSICS

Who is this course for?

This course is for people contemplating a first degree or career in  Astrophysics • Medical physics • Physics • Engineering • Electronics and many other fields.

 

What do you need to apply for the course?

You need to have four GCSEs including Combined Science or separate sciences and Maths at grade 5 or above.

 

What are the key things you'll learn?

Over the two years you will study a variety of practical, theoretical and applied Physics topics including:

  • Measurements and their errors

  • Particles and radiation

  • Waves  

  • Mechanics and materials

  • Electricity  

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics

  • Fields and their consequences

  • Nuclear physics  

How will you be assessed?

Year 12 - 2 90 minute external exam papers

Year 13 - 3 120 minute external exam papers

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SCIENCE