The science faculty is highly successful and experienced and we all strive to achieve the best from all our students. We aim to deliver challenging work to students of all levels of ability, and we are proactive in staging many additional activities every year. These are designed to both accelerate student learning and interest in many varied aspects of science.
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
– Stephen Hawking
Years 7 and 8 follow a general science course covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics, alongside scientific skills. Practical investigations are an integral part of these lessons, to support the learning and progress of all students.
Exam board: AQA
Combined science – 8464
Biology – 8461
Chemistry – 8462
Physics – 8463
Science is a set of ideas about the material world. All the parts of what good science is at GCSE level are included: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. Students will learn about the development of scientific ideas and its power and limitations. They will also evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological advances.
Students will develop experimental, investigative and problem solving skills. The way scientific ideas flow through the specification support in building a deep understanding of science. This will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through models.
The course encourages the development of knowledge and understanding in science through opportunities for working scientifically. There are core practicals which must be carried out. Working scientifically is the sum of all the activities that scientists do. This is woven throughout the course and in written papers.
All students follow the same course in Year 9 and Year 10. The final decision on whether they take Combined Science, which leads to two GCSE grades, or the three separate GCSEs will be made in year 11. Both courses of study allow students to choose A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Students will learn about the development of scientific ideas and its power and limitations. They will also evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological advances. Students will develop experimental, investigative and problem solving skills.
All GCSE courses will be examined at the end of year 11. Students will complete a number of core practicals throughout the course and will be tested on these in their final examinations.
What will I study?
- Cell biology
- Infection and response
- Homeostasis and response
- Atomic structure
- Periodic table
- Quantitative chemistry
- Chemical changes
- Energy changes
- Rates of chemical change
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical analysis
- The atmosphere
- Using resources
- Particle model
- Atomic structure
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
How will I be assessed?
Examinations for separate sciences
- Biology: 2 x 1hr 45min exams
- Chemistry: 2 x 1hr 45min exams
- Physics: 2 x 1hr 45min exams
Examinations for combined science
- Biology: 2 x 1hr 15min exams
- Chemistry: 2 x 1hr 15min exams
- Physics: 2 x 1hr 15min exams