Science

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Money Claire 100X133
Claire Money
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KS3 - Years 7 and 8

Students in Years 7 and 8 follow an integrated QCA science course designed to incorporate all aspects of the National Curriculum recommendations and targets. During lessons a diverse range of teaching and learning methods are used to engage students and to help develop enthusiasm for science as a whole.

Over the 2 years, students will complete content from across the national curriculum which has been designed to support their transition from KS3 to KS4.  In addition to covering the content, students’ will also complete mini investigations designed to develop their practical skills building an essential foundation for their KS4 studies.

KS4 GCSE Sciences - Years 9 All Students

Students move onto a programme of Combined science in Year 9, following the NEW AQA specification. They are examined internally throughout the year in each of the three sciences to support the end of year identification of GCSE science progression route.
The students study each of the sciences in a block of teaching allowing students to experience and develop their understanding if the separate strands. Each science covers a range of the core science principles including practical work which allow a solid foundation to be created prior to commencing year 10.
On entry into year 10 the students are separated into two science pathways both of which allow progression onto further science study at post 16, although the volume, pace and demand of the science covered varies between the routes.
Double award students study towards two GCSE grades, whilst the separate science students prepare for 3 individual science GCSE's.
Both courses comprise of engaging, relevant and key science principles which can be linked with everyday life allowing students to develop their knowledge and understanding of “How science works”. During their studies students will experience lessons which will develop independent learning and study skills, as well as examination technique and practical skills which will allow them to develop in to well-rounded scientists of the future.

KS4 Applied Sciences - Years 10 and 11 (Collingwood & Lord Collingwood)

Students on the Collingwood, Lord Collingwood pathways will study for two separate awards; the first in Principles of applied science in year 10 and the second in Application of science during year 11. They are continually assessed internally via the production of assignment work and then examined externally. There will be one exam during year 10 and one during year 11.

Both awards comprise of engaging, relevant and key science principles which are linked with a vocational context allowing students to develop their knowledge and understanding of “How science works” in the real world and prepare learners for the workplace. During their studies students will experience lessons which will develop independent learning and study skills, as well as examination technique and practical skills which will help them in everyday life.

P16 Biology

The NEW GCE AS course has been developed to follow on directly on from the double and triple GCSE science courses, with BB in science and a B in maths as the entry requirement. Biology is popular with both genders and is widely regarded as a good entry qualification for university courses. The course includes a variety of practical activity such as investigating the rate of reaction of enzymes, cellular microscopy and organ dissections.
The AS course comprises of 4 main areas biological molecules, cells, organisms exchange substance with their environment and genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. Students will sit 2 papers in the summer examination window which will test their knowledge and understand of the year’s content. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are 1 hour 30 minutes and comprises of 65 marks worth of short answer questions and 10 marks of comprehension style questions. Each paper is worth 50% of the candidates overall AS grade.
The NEW GCE A2 course comprises of energy transfer in and between organisms, organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and control of gene expression.
The legacy current A2 course comprises of 300 UMS and is examined as module 4 (100 ums) Populations and environment and module 5 (140 ums ) Control in cells and in organisms with the final marks being awarded for the completion of the ISA (60 practical skills) component.
The courses are varied, challenging and very rewarding. Biology combines well with and complements many AS and A-Level courses especially the other sciences and maths. It helps students to develop numerical, practical and literacy skills as well as the ability to deal with abstract concepts and independent study techniques.

P16 Chemistry

The NEW GCE AS course has been developed to follow on directly on from the double and triple GCSE science courses, with BB in science and a B in maths as the entry requirement. Chemistry is popular with both genders and is widely regarded as a good entry qualification for university courses. The course includes a high proportion of practical activity such as quantitative analysis by titration and various organic synthesis experiments. There are weekly practical sessions with marks awarded for this aspect in the end of course examinations.
The AS course comprises of 3 key areas of study, Organic, Inorganic and Physical totalling 160 marks : Chemistry 1(80), Chemistry 2 (80) each exam is 1hr30 in length and consists of long, short and multiple choice questions.
The NEW GCE A2 course comprises of extended study of Organic, Inorganic and Physical and further practical components. 3 A2 exams totalling 300 marks are taken in the summer of year 13. Paper 1 and 2 will both be 2hr in length (105 long and short answers), paper 3 will examine the full specification including the practical aspects and will include a section of multiple choice questions within the 2hr exam (90 marks).
The legacy current A2 course comprises of 300 marks and is examined as module 4(120), further organic and physical and module 5 (120) further inorganic and physical with the final marks being awarded for the completion of the ISA (60 practical skills) component.
The courses are varied, challenging and very rewarding. Chemistry combines well with and complements many AS and A-Level courses especially the other sciences and maths. It helps students to develop numerical, practical and literacy skills as well as the ability to deal with abstract concepts and independent study techniques.

P16 Physics

The NEW GCE AS course has been developed to follow on directly on from the double and triple GCSE science courses, with BB in science and a B in maths as the entry requirement. Physics is traditionally more popular with boys although we are narrowing the gender gap; it is widely regarded as an excellent entry qualification for university courses. The course includes a proportion of practical activity such as the resistivity of a length of wire and the electromotive force of a cell. There will be 6 compulsory practicals during the 1st year that are assessed by the class teacher and moderated by an external verifier.
The AS course comprises of 3 key areas of study, Particles and Quantum Phenomena, Electricity and Mechanics totalling 140 marks : Physics 1(70) and Physics 2 (70) each exam is 1hr30 in length and consists of long, short and multiple choice questions.
The NEW GCE A2 course comprises of extended study of Mechanics and thermal Physics, Fields and their consequences and an optional component of Turning Points in Physics. 3 A2 exams totalling 250 marks are taken in the summer of year 13. Paper 1 and 2 will both be 2hr in length (85 marks long and short answers), paper 3 (section A, 45 marks) will examine the full specification including the practical aspects and will include a section of multiple choice questions. Section B (35 marks) will be on the optional component of Turning Points in Physics.
The legacy current A2 course comprises of 200 marks and is examined as module 4(75 marks), fields and further mechanics and module 5 (75 marks) compulsory section of Nuclear and thermal Physics (40 marks) and the optional module of Turning Points in Physics (35 marks) with the final marks being awarded for the completion of the ISA (50 practical skills) component.
The courses are varied, challenging and very rewarding. Physics combines well with and complements many AS and A-Level courses especially the other sciences and maths. It helps students to develop numerical, practical and literacy skills as well as the ability to deal with abstract concepts and independent study techniques.

BTEC National Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science

The BTEC NCF Level 3 qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications provide progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions or straight out to employment opportunities.

This BTEC qualification provides students with ample opportunity to develop lab and investigation skills that will help prepare them for future pathways in jobs such as nursing, physiotherapy, lab assistant and midwifery. They attract UCAS points that equate to similar-sized general qualifications within education institutions within the UK.

Students will have 8 lessons of Applied Science per week with 3 different teachers. For half of each year of study they will be working on different assignments with a focus on a mixture of class based learning and independent research that will allow the students to complete each assignment. For the second half of the year the students will be studying Physics, Biology and Chemistry that will be externally examined during the year.

The BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and give vocational emphasis. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCE AS Level. Applied Science BTEC Students have to study 3 mandatory units that allow them to develop wide ranging skills and knowledge. Students must then also complete an external exam that is worth 50% of their grade.

In Year 12 students have to study 1) Principles and Applications of Science 1 (external exam, externally marked) and 2) Practical Scientific Procedure and Techniques, which is 4 pieces of coursework.  Half of the year of the year will be spent preparing for each.

In year 13 students have to study 1) Scientific Investigation, an externally assessed Individual skills assessment and 2) an option module.

Successful completion of the course in Year 12 allows students to carry on and complete the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma which is one GCE A Level equivalent. Entry requirements A minimum of two 5 grades in Science. Students must also have GCSE Maths and English to grade 5 standard.

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