|Introduction||Science study allows us to understand, explain and therefore fully appreciate the incredible world around us. It paves the way for students to access the incredibly diverse and fascinating range of opportunities for study and careers in STEM subjects which really could change the way we all live.
The new GCSE Science curriculum is more relevant, more applicable and more rigorous than ever before. Based on a comprehensive introduction to key concepts in Year 7 and 8 and a thorough GCSE Foundation course in Year 9, students reach KS4 well prepared for either Triple Science (3 separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or Combined Science – Trilogy (2 Science GCSEs).
The course will see them study a wide range of topics which scale from the smallest particles to the largest phenomena and processes, and everything in between. All topics are taught with fully integrated, genuinely investigative practical research at their core.
|Why study Science?
|Exam Board and Specification||AQA Biology GSCE, AQA Chemistry GCSE, AQA Physics GCSE (Triple Science) or AQA Combined Science GCSE – Trilogy
Specifications can be found here:
|Key areas of content||All pupils will study the same core units but those taking the triple course will study additional content within these in order to prepare them for more in depth examinations. Students will have covered everything in the Paper 1s by the end of Year 10 and will finish and complete Paper 2s content in Year 11 before a period of consolidation and revision in the lead up to exams.
The big ideas studied are:
Cells and systems
Microbes and Health
Genetics and Evolution
Particles and Bonding
Trends and Patterns
Amounts and equations
Electricity and magnetism
|Assessment arrangements||All pupils will sit their only Science examinations at the end of Year 11 which make up 100% of their grade as there is no longer coursework included in this this programme.
Those pupils following the Triple Science programme will sit six 1hour 45 minute exams of 100 marks – a Paper 1 and a Paper 2 in each Science. They will receive an individual 1-9 grade for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Those following the Combined Science course – Trilogy will also sit 6 exams, a Paper 1 and a Paper 2 in each Science but these can be at either Higher Tier (for Grades 4-9) or Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5). These papers last 1 hour 15 minutes and are for 70 marks. Students on this course will receive two 1-9 grades formed as an average of their papers.
Students’ practical knowledge and skills are tested through a series of required practicals which students will be questioned on in the written examination, often as part of their extended response questions. Maths is now also more important with for instance 30% of the Physics papers being based purely on mathematical skills.
|Setting arrangements||There will be 5 Science groups set by ability as a result of the pupils’ grades throughout Year 9, as well as additional criteria such as attitude to study and homework record. About 60 pupils will complete the triple course forming two classes, there will be one class that sit the higher Trilogy papers and then two classes that will sit the foundation papers. Any decision surrounding grouping of pupils is made based on how best to increase the chances of the pupil achieving the highest possible grades at the end of Year 11.|
|Textbooks, websites and other relevant material||All pupils should already have a copy of the official Collins AQA GCSE All in one revision guide and workbook. All the details for these resources and the textbooks are in the curriculum booklet. Students are still encouraged to use BBC bitesize as an excellent consolidation and revision resource but must ensure they are accessing the right page for their AQA examination specification as content varies between the exam boards.|
Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department. The DNA of the Science Department can be viewed here:
To view the full subject curriculum for Key Stage 4 please click here: Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2017-18
If you have any queries please contact Head of Science Ms Wadham