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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 3: 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 (AS and A2) Level Biology B

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 3

Course Overview

AS Content:

Module 1- Biological Molecules
Module 2 - Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
Module 3 - Classification and Biodiversity
Module 4 - Exchange and Transport

A2 Content

In addition to AS content

Module 5 - Energy for Biological Processes
Module 6 - Microbiology and Pathogens
Module 7 - Modern Genetics
Module 8 - Origins of Genetic Variation
Module 9 - Control Systems
Module 10 - Ecosystems

There are 2 examinations for the AS qualification (Core Cellular Biology and Microbiology, Core Physiology and Ecology), each of the examinations are worth 50% of the AS course.

There are 3 examinations for the A2 qualification (Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics; Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology; and General and Practical Principles in Biology), each of the first two examinations are worth 30% of the course whereas General and Practical Principles in Biology is worth 40% 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 a modified Activate course, 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 at the end of 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

In the first term, all communities follow the same pathway through the curriculum. Learning discrete modules of biology, chemistry and physics.

Hawking: Working Scientifically, Periodic Table, Particle Model
Turing: Working Scientifically, Periodic Table, Particle Model
Pankhurst: Working Scientifically, Periodic Table, Particle Model
Seacole: Working Scientifically, Periodic Table, Particle Model

Term 2

Hawking: Particle Model, Cells
Turing: Particle Model, Waves
Pankhurst: Particle Model, Forces and Motion
Seacole: Particle Model, Respiration

Term 3

Hawking: Electricity and magnetism, Respiration
Turing: Cells, Forces and Motion
Pankhurst: Respiration, Electricity and Magnetism
Seacole: Forces and Motion, Cells

Term 4

Hawking: Respiration, Waves
Turing: Forces and Motion, Respiration
Pankhurst: Electricity and Magnetism, Cells
Seacole: Cells, Waves

Term 5

Hawking: Forces and Motion, mock examination preparation
Turing: Electricity and magnetism, mock examination preparation
Pankhurst: Waves, mock examination preparation
Seacole: Electricity and Magnetism, mock examination preparation

Term 6

Hawking: Reproduction
Turing: Reproduction
Pankhurst: Reproduction
Seacole: Reproduction

 

Year 8

Term 1

Hawking: Periodic Table, Enzymes
Turing: Periodic Table, Energy
Pankhurst: Periodic Table, Pressure
Seacole: Periodic Table, Enzymes

Term 2

Hawking: Chemical Reactions, Energy
Turing: Energy, Enzymes, Chemical Reactions
Pankhurst: Energy, Enzymes
Seacole: Forces and Motion, Separation Techniques

Term 3

Hawking: Mock examination preparation, Energy
Turing: Mock examination preparation, Chemical Reactions
Pankhurst: Mock examination preparation, Separation Techniques
Seacole: Mock examination preparation, Separation Techniques

Term 4

Hawking: Separation Techniques, Pressure
Turing: pressure, Separation Techniques
Pankhurst: Separation Techniques, Forces and Motion
Seacole: Pressure, Photosynthesis

Term 5

Hawking: Photosynthesis, Forces and Motion
Turing: Forces and Motion, Photosynthesis
Pankhurst: Forces and Motion, Chemical Reactions, Photosynthesis
Seacole: Energy and Chemical reactions

Term 6

Hawking: Forces and Motion
Turing: Photosynthesis
Pankhurst: Photosynthesis
Seacole: Chemical Reactions

 

Year 9

Term 1

All bands will study the following topics:

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

Term 2

All bands will study the following topics:

  • B1C1P1 review
  • P2: Forces
  • Part of C2: Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

Term 3

All bands will study the following topics:

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

Term 4

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Completion of B2: Scaling Up
  • P3: Electricity and Magnetism

Term 5

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Completion of P3: Electricity and Magnetism
  • B3: Organism Level Systems

Term 6

All bands will study the following topics:

  • C4: Predicting and Identifying Reactions and Products

 

Year 10

Term 1

All bands will study the following topics:

  • C3: Chemical Reactions
  • P3: Electricity and Magnetism

Term 2

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Completion of P3: Electricity and Magnetism
  • B5: Genetics and Evolution

Term 3

All bands will study the following topics:

  • P4: Waves and Radiation
  • C5: Monitoring and Controlling Chemical Reactions

Term 4

All bands will study the following topics:

  • Completion of C5: Monitoring and Controlling Chemical Reactions
  • P5: Energy

Term 5

All bands will review the following topics:

  • Revision: Units 1-3
  • Revision: Units 4-5

Term 6

All bands will review 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

  • Completion of P6: Global Challenges
  • 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
Wright Science
OCR - Combined Science
 

Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

For Year 7 and 8, the following guide is recommended:

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

For Years 9-11, the following revision guides and workbooks are recommended:

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 for Year 11 is held on Monday after school (3pm-4pm)