Science

Key Stage 3 Course Information

All students are taught a rolling programme of topics, covering Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The year involves a variety of practical work and enquiry learning. At the end of each topic, there will be a test which covers the content that has been taught. The results of these tests will be used to ensure students are in the most appropriate classes to support and extend their learning. The order of units taught throughout KS3 depends on the set, all topics will be covered for all students.

In addition to in class learning, home learning forms a vital component. Students will be set a variety of home learning tasks including learning projects which correspond to the topics they are being taught in the class. These are levelled tasks that allow students to be imaginative and creative in the way they present their learning. These are designed to encourage independent learning skills.

GCSE (Edexcel) Course Information

Combined Science (2016 Specification)

The Combined Science course covers a selection of Biology, Chemistry and Physics content. Students will be awarded two GCSEs at the end of Year 11. The grades awarded for Combined Science will use a 17 point grading scale, from 9-9, 9-8 through to 2-1, 1-1. It is not possible for students to select only two of the science disciplines.

Students will sit six exams, two in each of the science areas, in the June of Year 11. These papers will involve a mixture of multiple choice, structured closed short answer and open response questions. They are available at Higher and Foundation Tier. And each exam is worth around 17% of the final mark. There will be no coursework component to this examination pathway.

To support their understanding in Science, the papers will also contain Mathematics questions which will make up 20% of the total marks for Combined Science.

Chemistry, Biology and Physics GCSE (2016 specification)

Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate sciences, achieving a GCSE in each. It is not possible to select only one or two of the science subjects.

Students will sit two papers for each of the GCSE’s in the June of Year 11. These papers will involve a mixture of multiple choice, structured closed short answer and open response questions. They are available at Higher and Foundation Tier. The final grade awarded to students will come solely from the examination process and will be in the form of a number from 9-1. There will be no coursework component to this examination pathway.

To support their understanding in Science, the papers will also contain Mathematics questions which will make up 10% of the Biology assessment, 20% of the Chemistry assessment and 30% of the Physics assessment.