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Science

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 pupils have 3 hours of science per week. Pupils work through Science Progress 1 and 2, published by Hodder. This course covers the new science curriculum and introduces a variety of different contexts. Pupils will start by training to be a scientist and begin developing the skills needed to investigate scientific ideas. In year 7 students will cover the big ideas of science including: Reproduction, Particles, Variation & Classification, Adaptations & Environment, Energy Transfers I, Acids & Alkalis, Space and Forces & Effects. In year 8 students will cover the big ideas of science including: Breathing & Respiration, Digestion, Movement, Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions I, Earth, Application of Forces, Electricity & Magnetism and Energy transfers II. In year 9 students begin to prepare for their GCSE science courses.

Year 7 link their ideas Year 7 chemical testing

 

Key stage 4

We have a range of pathways for Science at Key Stage 4 which provide for a range of abilities. All of these pathways follow AQA schemes. Pupils will begin studying during year 9 and continue through into year 11.

Year 11 are continuing on the AQA Science and Additional Science. Some students, who have taken the science option, will also do Further Additional Science or separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These students will still be graded from A* to G in each of the science GCSEs they sit.

Year 10 will be starting the new Science qualifications.

Separate Sciences: Biology GCSE, Chemistry GCSE and Physics GCSE.

Some pupils will be able to take an option to follow this route which enables them to gain three GCSE grades. Pupils begin the course in year 9.
For each GCSE students will sit 2 GCSE exams which are 1 hour 45 minutes long. These will be sat at the end of year 11. They will also have carried out a number of required practicals that will be assessed in the final exam papers.

Combined Science GCSE

This route will be taken by all other students and is worth 2 GCSE grades. These will be awarded as grades 9-9, 9-8, 8-8 etc. Students will sit 6 exams which are 1 hour and 15 minutes long. They will also have carried out a number of required practicals that will be assessed in the final exam papers.

Entry Level Certification ELC

For some students it will be appropriate to use this course to help them build their level of understanding before they encounter the Combined Science course.

Pupils studying for their GCSE science work

Post Sixteen

At Paulet Sixth Form College we offer GCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All three courses are with the AQA exam board.

GCE Biology builds on concepts and skills that have been developed at GCSE. It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. Pupils study biological molecules, cells, organisms exchange with the environment, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms in Year 12. In Year 13 they then study how organisms respond to changes in their environment, genetics, populations, evolution, ecosystems and the control of gene expression. The AS exams are sat at the end of year 12 but as a linear course the A level exams are at the end of Year 13. The practical endorsement required praticals are carried out throughout year 12 and 13 but the qualification is awarded at the end of year 13.

The objective of the GCE Chemistry specification is to ensure that learning is enjoyable, and enhances a pupil’s enthusiasm for chemistry. Pupils study various aspects of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry in Year 12 and 13. The AS exams are sat at the end of year 12 but as a linear course the A level exams are at the end of Year 13. The practical endorsement required praticals are carried out throughout year 12 and 13 but the qualification is awarded at the end of year 13.

Year 12 model cell division
Year 12 build a cell
Y13 field work 

GCE Physics provides a seamless transition to A level from previous studies and develops pupils’ interest and enthusiasm for physics. Pupils study particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials and electricity. In Year 13 students study further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences and nuclear physics. They also study the option of medical physics. The AS exams are sat at the end of year 12 but as a linear course the A level exams are at the end of Year 13. The practical endorsement required praticals are carried out throughout year 12 and 13 but the qualification is awarded at the end of year 13.

 

Teacher Responsible: Ms Ingle

 

 

Updated 06/06/2016  JM

 
 

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