Science Overview

A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We believe that all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods and uses of science. Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, students are encouraged to recognise the power of rational thought and develop a sense of curiosity about science in the world around them.
Core skills developed in all science lessons across all year groups within the academy:
  • Observation as a stimulus to investigation
  • Designing an investigation
  • Making measurements
  • Societal aspects of scientific evidence
  • Presenting data
  • Using data to draw a conclusion
  • Evaluation
  • Limitations of scientific evidence
  • How science works
  • The thinking behind the doing
  • Fundamental ideas

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Syllabus & Curriculum

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students follow a course of lessons that leads them directly into the programme of study for Edexcel GCSE Combined science upon reaching Year 9. As such the Academy follows a 5 year plan of study to offer students a well-structured & balanced curriculum and depth of study.

Year 7

Year 7 students receive three 60 minute lessons each week. The students follow a bespoke programme of study developed from the Edexcel 5 year scheme of work which follows the National Curriculum for England & Wales.

Biology

  • Cells & Organisation
  • Reproduction
  • Breathing
  • Nutrition & Digestion
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Skeletal & Muscular Systems

Chemistry

  • Periodic Table, Atoms, Elements & Compounds
  • Concept of a Reaction
  • Pure & Impure Substances
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Particles & Changes of State

Physics

  • Forces & Motion
  • Sound Waves
  • Changes & Transfers
  • Energy in Matter
  • Static Electricity
  • Pressure

Year 8

Year 8 students receive three 60 minute lessons each week. The students follow a bespoke programme of study developed from the Edexcel 5 year scheme of work which follows the National Curriculum for England & Wales.

Biology

  • Photosynthesis
  • Relationships in an Ecosystem
  • Inheritance, Chromosomes, DNA & Genes
  • Microbes & Disease

Chemistry

  • Explaining chemical Changes
  • Making Useful Materials
  • Earth Science
  • Energy in Matter

Physics

  • Current, Electricity & Magnetism
  • Motion, force & Space
  • Energy & Auditing change

Key Stage 4

GCSE study in the sciences provides the foundation for understanding the material world. Scientific understand is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future development. Students study the sciences in a way that helps them to develop curiosity about the natural world, that give them insight into how science works and that enable them to appreciate the relevance to their everyday lives.

The GCSE in Combined Science should enable students to:
  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Students receive four 60 minute lessons each week starting from year 9. This allows the Academy to follow the Edexcel 3 year GCSE programme, giving students the opportunity to explore science in depth to develop a greater understanding for its principles.

Working scientifically

The GCSE in Combined Science requires students to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of working scientifically. Working scientifically will be assessed through examination and the completion of the eighteen core practicals. Students will need to use their knowledge and understanding of these practical techniques and procedures in the written assessments.

Year 9

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Photosynthesis
  • Earth & Atmospheric Science
  • Transport Systems

Chemistry

  • Atomic Structure & Periodic Table
  • Strucure & Bonding

Physics

  • Electricity
  • Waves in Matter

Year 10

Biology

  • Inheritance, Variation & Evolution
  • Co-ordination & Control
  • Ecosystems

Chemistry

  • Chemical Industries
  • Chemical Changes

Physics

  • Energy
  • Atomic Structure
  • Particle Model of Matter
  • Liquids Under Pressure

Year 11

Biology

  • Health, Disease & Development of Medicines
  • Variation & Evolution

Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Rate & Extent of chemical Change
  • Energy changes in Chemistry

Physics

  • Light & Electromagnetic Waves
  • Forces & Motion
  • Magnetism & Electromagnetism
  • Space Physics

Examination Details

The Edexcel GCSE (1-9) in Combined Science consists of six externally examined papers. These are available at foundation & higher tier.  Exam Information Sheet

Combined Science

Contact: Mr N. Davies
Applies to: Year 10
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Spec Code: 8464
Specification: Download

Science A

Contact: Mr N. Davies
Applies to: Year 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Spec Code: 4405
Specification: Download

Additional Science

Contact: Mr N. Davies
Applies to: Year 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Spec Code: 4408
Specification: Download