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Science

Subject Leaders: Mrs A Williams and Miss S Ward

KS4

GCSE Gateway Combined Science A

Exam Board: OCR
Level: 2

Course Overview

Gateway Combined Science A is two GCSE qualifications that are studied over 3 years. During the 3 years students will study discrete modules of biology, chemistry and physics (topics)

The biology topics are B1: Cell-level systems; B2: Scaling up; B3: Organism-level systems; B4: Community-level systems; B5: Genes, inheritance and selection; B6: Global changes. The chemistry topics are C1: Particles; C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures; C3: Chemical reactions; C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products; C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions; C6: Global challenges. The physics topics are P1: Matter; P2: Forces; P3: Electricity; P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields; P5: Waves in mater; P6 Radioactivity. Students will study practical skills as an integral part of each module. At the end of Year 11 students will sit 6 science papers in total; two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Paper one in each science discipline will test modules 1, 2 and 3 with paper 2 assessing student understanding of modules 4, 5 and 6. Each paper lasts 70 minutes and being equally weighted, each will account for 16.7% of the final grade. Practical skills and scientific literacy will be assessed throughout each paper.

Assessment: 100% examination.

 

BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Animal Care

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 1/2

Course Overview

The BTEC First in Animal Care provides a balance of practical skill development and knowledge, some of which is theoretical. Instruction in the classroom is only part of the learning process. We aim to reinforce the links between the theory and practical application in a vocational setting. In doing so we will reinforce understanding of issues surrounding the careful and productive care of a range of animals and the law governing its direction. Teaching methods and materials will allow learners to apply their learning to actual events and activities related directly to animal care and its vocational application.

The course consists of 4 units in total. Two mandatory units (units 1 and 2) and 2 optional units (chosen from units 3, 4 and 5);

Unit 1: Animal Health
Unit 2: Animal Handling
Unit 3: Animal Welfare
Unit 4: Animal Housing and Accommodation
Unit 5: Principles of Animal Behaviour

Assessment: Unit 1: Animal Health is assessed externally in a 1 hour examination paper (contributing 25% of overall grade). Further units take the form of extended investigations and evidenced based research. These assignments are internally assessed and contribute the remaining 75%.

 

KS5

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Science

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 3

Course Overview

Students will study separate biological, chemical and physical concepts. In unit 2, Students will develop their abilities to independently construct academic reports which relate the theory of taught concepts in unit 1 to vocational scenarios. 

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 4: Science Investigation Skills

Assessment of Mandatory Units: 
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science is assessed externally in a 1.5 hour (90 mark) examination paper marked by Edexcel.
Unit 2: Internal assessment of externally set practical activities and research based on vocational settings.
Unit 3: Is assessed via a practical examination. All students will sit this examination in June 2018.
 

Internally assessed optional units (only one of which one must be studied):
Unit 8: Physiology of Human body Systems
Unit 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction
Unit 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
Unit 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
Unit 12: Diseases and Infections
Unit 13: Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
Unit 14: Applications of Organic Chemistry
Unit 15: Electrical Circuits and their Application
Unit 16: Astronomy and Space Science

Assessment: Externally assessed units 1 and 3 contribute 25% and 33% respectively towards the final grade with the internally assessed units 2 and the optional unit contributing 25% and 17% respectively. It is expected that students attend an externally delivered field studies course to compliment the development of a field practical skills and analysis techniques.

 

Advanced (A2) Level  Physics

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 3

Course Overview

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

There are 3 examinations (Modelling Physics, Exploring Physics and Unified Physics), each of the first two examinations are worth 37% of the course whereas Unified Physics is worth 26% of the course.

Assessment: 100% examination, although students will have to demonstrate their practical abilities and attain practical skill endorsement.


 

Curriculum Content

During years 7 and 8, pupils follow the Activate which provides them with a fresh, engaging and complete suite of resources designed to bring Key Stage 3 science to life, with a view to the longer-term objective of maximising students’ potential and preparing them for their studies and examinations at Key Stage 4. Pupils are assessed during each topic by sitting a formal written assessment. Homework and classwork are also closely monitored to provide an accurate teacher assessment.

Year 7

Term 1

Normans – Working scientifically, Elements Atoms and Compounds
Stuarts – Working scientifically, Elements Atoms and Compounds
Tudors – Working scientifically, Elements Atoms and Compounds

Term 2

Normans – Light, Sound and Cells
Stuarts – Cells, Chemical Reactions
Tudors – Chemical Reactions, Acids and Alkalis

Term 3

Normans – Cells, Chemical Reactions
Stuarts – Acids and Alkalis, Forces
Tudors – Light, Forces

Term 4

Normans – Acids and Alkalis, Forces
Stuarts – Sound, Light
Tudors – Cells, Sound

Term 5

Normans – Forces, Revision
Stuarts – Particles and their Behaviour, Revision
Tudors – Particles and their Behaviour, Revision

Term 6

Normans –Reproduction
Stuarts – Reproduction
Tudors – Reproduction

 

Year 8

Term 1

Normans – Periodic Table, Separation Techniques
Stuarts – Motions and Pressure, Health and Lifestyle
Tudors – Ecosystems and Processes, Adaptations and Inheritance

Term 2

Normans – Energy, Health and Lifestyle
Stuarts – Energy, Separation techniques
Tudors – Periodic Table, Metals and Acids

Term 3

Normans – Ecosystem Processes, Adaptation and Inheritance
Stuarts – Periodic Table, Adaptation and Inheritance
Tudors – Motion and Pressure, Health and Lifestyle

Term 4

Normans – The Earth, Metals and Acids
Stuarts –  Ecosystem Processes, Metals and Acids
Tudors – Energy, Separation Techniques

Term 5

Normans – Motion and Pressure, Exam Revision
Stuarts – The Earth, Exam revision
Tudors – The Earth, Exam revisions

Term 6

Normans – Practical Skills and Revision
Stuarts – Practical Skills and Revision
Tudors – Practical Skills and Revision

 

Year 9

Term 1

All bands will study the following topics:

  • B1: Cell Level Systems
  • C1: Particles
  • P1: Matter

Term 2

All bands will study the following topics:

  • B1C1P1 review
  • B2: Scaling Up
  • Part of C2: Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

Term 3

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Part of C2: Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
  • P2: Forces

Term 4

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Part of P2: Forces
  • B2C2P2 review
  • B3: Organism-Level systems

Term 5

All bands will study the following topics:

  • C3: Chemical Reactions
  • Part of P3: Electricity

Term 6

All bands will study the following topics:

  • B3C3P3 review
  • Begin year 10 topics

 

Year 10

Term 1

All bands will study the following topics:

  • B4: Community and Level Systems
  • P3: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Unit 1 – 3 revision:

Term 2

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Unit 1 – 3: Revision:
  • C4: Predicting and Identifying Reactions and Products
  • P4: Waves and Radiation

Term 3

All bands will study the following topics:

  • P4: Waves and Radiation
  • B5: Genetics and Evolution

Term 4

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Part of B5: Genetics and Evolution
  • C5: Chemical Reactions
  • P5: Energy

Term 5

All bands will study the following topics:

  • P5: Energy
  • C5: Rates of Chemical Reactions

Term 6

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Revision: Units 1 – 3
  • Revision: Units 4 – 5
  • Begin Year 11 Topics

 

Year 11

Term 1

  • B6: Global Challenges
  • C6: Global Challenges

Term 2

  • Revision for Biology Chemistry and Physics
  • Mock Examination: B1 – 3
  • Mock Examination C1 – 3
  • Mock Examination P1 - 3
  • P6: Global Challenges

Term 3

  • Revision B1, B2, B3,
  • Revision C1, C2, C3

Term 4

  • Revision of P1, P2, P3
  • Revision of B4
  • Revision of C4
  • Revision of P4

Term 5

  • Examination Preparation and Revision of B5 and B6
  • Examination Preparation and Revision of C5 and C6
  • Examination Preparation and Revision of P5 and P6

Term 6

  • Revision of topics prior to GCSE examinations.

 

Useful Website Links:

BBC Bitesize 
S-cool Science

Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

CGP KS3 Science Complete Study & Practice – Available from ParentPay for £3

CGP GCSE Combined Science For OCR Gateway (Grade 9-1) Revision Guide: Foundation/Higher – Available from ParentPay for £6

CGP GCSE Combined Science For OCR Gateway (Grade 9-1) Exam Practice Workbook: Foundation/Higher – Available from ParentPay for £6

 

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

OSL is held on Monday after school (3pm-4pm)