Science

Welcome to Science

The teaching staff within the Science department share a desire to make Science education accessible and exciting to all students.
The department contains 7 teachers, 2 technicians and a dedicated 1:1 tutor, who are based in a suite of 7 modern and fully resourced laboratories.
All lessons contain an element of enquiry and are based on the theory that learning is easier when you have experienced an idea rather than just reading or writing about it.
Students’ are asked to challenge their own viewpoints on a number of controversial and current issues including genetic modification, the use of nuclear fission as an energy source and the impact of chemical processes on ecosystems.

Staff

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Key Stage 3

The Science course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access either the AQA Separate Science or Combined Science pathways in Key Stage 4. In year 7 and 8, students are introduced to the fundamentals of Science in the three specialisms of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Due to the breadth of each subject, new content will always be introduced, which will stimulate the learner broaden their subject knowledge and understanding of how our environment around us works. We pride ourselves on developing an enquiry based approach which includes many practical elements to the scheme of work.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Ms Barker (KS3 Coordinator)

Key Stage 4

It is important to note that all students will study Science, either in the Separate Science pathway (Biology-8461; Chemistry-8462; Physics-8463) or the Combined Science pathway (Combined Science:Trilogy-8464), this will be decided as students move from Y10 to Y11; hence all students will achieve 2 Science GCSE’s as a minimum or 3 if they take separate sciences. Therefore all students (in either pathway) will take 6 exams at the end of Y11 (see below for details).

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Biology (8461)

Students should have a basic understanding of the following biological principles as outlined below:

  1. The structure and functioning of cells and how they divide by mitosis and meiosis.
  2. That variation occurs when gametes fuse at fertilisation.
  3. The two essential reactions for life on Earth: photosynthesis and respiration.
  4. Metabolism is the sum of all the reactions happening in a cell or organism, in which molecules are made or broken down.
  5. All molecules are recycled between the living world and the environment to sustain life.

Subject content

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology
  8. Key ideas

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Biology (8461) is assessed in the following way:

This course is 100% exam assessed.

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Kanwar (Head of Science).

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Chemistry (8462)

Subject content

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Chemistry (8462) is assessed in the following way:
This course is 100% exam assessed.

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AQA GCSE (9-1) in Physics (8463)

Subject content

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  8. Space physics (physics only)

*AQA GCSE (9-1) in Physics (8463) /is assessed in the following way:
This course is 100% exam assessed.

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact:* Mr Kanwar (Head of Science).*

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

Subject content Biology

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology
  8. Chemistry
  9. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  10. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  11. Quantitative chemistry
  12. Chemical changes
  13. Energy changes
  14. The rate and extent of chemical change
  15. Organic chemistry
  16. Chemical analysis
  17. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  18. Using resources
  19. Physics
  20. Energy
  21. Electricity
  22. Particle model of matter
  23. Atomic structure
  24. Forces
  25. Waves
  26. Magnetism and electromagnetism

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science: Trilogy (8464) is assessed in the following way:

This course is 100% exam assessed.

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Kanwar (Head of Science).

Enrichment Opportunities for Science

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.