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
This is a two year program of study which has no national assessment at its end. Progress is closely monitored over this period to ensure students achieve or exceed their expected target grades each year.

In years 7 and 8, students study a combined science course, incorporating a variety of themes based on Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the Environment. The students are guided and monitored through a thoroughly differentiated course, over the two years, to ensure that they access work that is appropriate to their ability.
All students start their GCSE course in year 9, allowing for an extended teaching period for the qualification. At the end of year 11 those students undertaking the Separate Science course will sit a total of nine 1 hour examinations across the three science disciplines (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) equating to 3 separately named science GCSE’s.

At the end of year 11 those students undertaking the Combined Trilogy Science course will sit a total of six 1 hour examinations across the three science disciplines (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) equating to 2 science GCSE’s.

(These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course).

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Syllabus & Curriculum

Year 7

Year 7 students receive four 50 minute lessons each week. The students follow a bespoke scheme of work devised by the academy but based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Specification at a glance:

Chemistry

  • Safety in the laboratory
  • Particles and reactions
  • Separating Mixtures
  • Salts and solutions

Biology

  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • Reproduction
  • Keeping Healthy
  • Studying disease

Physics

  • Energy transfers
  • Forces and speed
  • Magnetism
  • The Universe

Year 8

Year 8 students receive four 50 minute lessons each week. The students follow a bespoke scheme of work devised by the academy but based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Specification at a glance:

Chemistry

  • Chemical Patterns
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Geology
  • The Earths structure

Biology

  • Drugs and behaviour
  • Variation
  • Humans and the environment
  • Classification and food webs

Physics

  • Sound and Heat
  • Energy Transfers
  • Generating Power
  • Pressure, Forces and Moments

Year 9

Specification at a glance: (Draft: ratification by DoE expected February 2016)

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Physics

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Year 10 (Science A GCSE)

Three one-hour exams for each of physics, biology and chemistry (Units 1, 2 and 3) with a controlled assessment (Unit 4). Each unit carries a 25% weighting. The controlled assessment is not tiered but students take either the Foundation Tier or the Higher Tier for the written papers. Specification at a glance:

Chemistry

  • The fundamental ideas in chemistry
  • Limestone and building materials
  • Metals and their uses
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Other useful substances from crude oil
  • Plant oils and their uses
  • Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

Biology

  • Keeping Healthy
  • Nerves and Hormones
  • The use and abuse of drugs
  • Interdependence and adaptation
  • Energy and biomass in food chains
  • Genetic variation and its control
  • Evolution

Physics

  • The transfer of energy and the factors that effect the rate energy is transferred
  • Energy and efficiency
  • The usefulness of electrical appliances
  • Methods we use to generate electricity
  • The use of waves in communication and to provide evidence of the expanding universe.

Controlled Assessment (ISA)

  • Planning and investigation.
  • Carry out a practical.
  • Collect primary data.
  • Analyse and interpret data.

Year 11 (Additional Science GCSE)

Three one-hour exams for each of physics, biology and chemistry (Units B2, C2 and P2) with a controlled assessment (Unit 4). Each unit carries a 25% weighting. The controlled assessment is not tiered but students take either the Foundation Tier or the Higher Tier for the written papers. Specification at a glance:

Chemistry

  • Structure and bonding
  • How structure influences the properties and uses of substances
  • Rates of reaction
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Electrolysis

Biology

  • Cells and simple cell transport
  • Tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Photosynthesis
  • Organisms and their environment
  • Proteins their function and uses
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
  • Cell division and inheritance.
  • Speciation.

Physics

  • Forces and their effects
  • The Kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down
  • Currents in electrical circuits
  • Using mains electricity safety and the power of electrical appliances
  • What happens when radioactive substances decay. Their dangers and emissions
  • Nuclear fission and fusion

Controlled Assessment (ISA)

  • Planning and investigation
  • Carry out a practical.
  • Collect primary data.
  • Analyse and interpret data

Examination Details

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