Department Leader: Sophie Dale

In the science department we follow the AQA GCSE Science specifications. Our students study either combined science: trilogy and obtain 2 GCSEs (this still covers topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics!) or they study the three separate science GCSEs.

In KS3 we assess our students against the ‘key performance indicators’ (KPIs) produced by United Learning. These link with the national curriculum and so provide an excellent foundation for our students to then achieve well in their GCSEs. More detail of what is in each topic can be found in the knowledge organisers on this web page.

At KS4 the AQA specification is both broad and deep and allows students to understand a range of key ideas from the scientific world in plenty of detail. Both the double award GCSE and the 3 separate science GCSEs provide a great grounding for studying science at A-level and beyond.

Students will come away with a wide range of skills from their education in the science department. These include problem solving, risk assessment, planning, evaluation and consolidation of many of the key mathematical skills including displaying data and working with equations.

After completing science GCSEs at KBA our students move into a whole range of careers and further study. One of the main benefits of good science qualifications is that they make you very desirable to both universities and employers. GCSEs and A-levels in science will allow you to move onto study degrees in subjects such as engineering, genetics, midwifery, medicine, pharmacy, pharmacology, sports science, nutrition science and forensic science (amongst a whole array of others!). You may want to move onto a more practical application of your skills and take part in an apprenticeship in, for example, engineering. The business world is also very keen to recruit scientists so don’t rule out science when deciding the route of your future!

Students follow the course developed by AQA and will cover the following units:

Year 7: Cells, tissues and organs; Energy, Digestion and Nutrition; Particles; Chemical Reactions; Forces and Motion; Reproduction and Variation; Light and Space.

Year 8: The Periodic Table; Biological Systems and Processes; Matter; Electricity and Magnetism; Ecological Relationships and Classification; Reactivity; Sound; Materials and the Earth

Year 9: Ecological Processes; Metals and Acids; Motion and Pressure.

Start of GCSE Course after the Christmas break in Year 9: GCSE Skills; Cell Biology; Atomic Structure and Bonding; Changes in Energy Stores; Energy Transfer and the Particle Model; Organisms and Disease.

Students will complete their Key Stage 3 course at the end of the Autumn term (December) in Year 9. After the Christmas break students will begin to study the KS4 curriculum. Analysis of KPI data and assessment data will be used by staff to determine those students suitable for studying Separate Sciences – formally known as ‘Triple Science’. Otherwise, students will study ‘Combined Science: Trilogy’. This course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. See Key Stage 4 course information for more details.

For students studying Separate Sciences, this course will take up one of their options allocations when they complete their Options during Year 9.

There will be Key Stage 3 exams at the end of the winter term, the end of the spring term and an end of year assessment in the summer term, based on all the content covered that academic year. Outcomes from these assessments together with KPI analysis will be used to determine the streaming of students for when they enter Year 9.

Students will either follow Science Trilogy or Separate Sciences, determined by their teacher.

Science Trilogy:

Students will follow AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy. This course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is a double award: equivalent to two GCSEs.

In Year 10 the students will study: The Periodic Table; Organisms and Disease; Infectious Disease; Chemical Changes; Reactions in Biology; Rates of Reaction; Electricity; Quantitative Chemistry; Generating Electricity; Nuclear Radiation; Forces and Motion.

In Year 11 the students will study: Controlling the Body; Organic Chemistry; Waves; Chemical Analysis; Magnetism and Electromagnetism; Inheritance; Ecology; The Earth and Resources

There is no coursework component for this course. There are six exam papers, which students will sit during the summer term of Year 11. There are two biology, two chemistry and two physics papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each exam is 1 hour 15 minutes, has a maximum of 70 marks and represents 16.7% of the total GCSE. Questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured closed short answer and open response.

Biology paper 1 will assess from Biology topics 1-4: Cell Biology, Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology paper 2 will assess from Biology topics 5-7: Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry paper 1 will assess from Chemistry topics 8-12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative Chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry paper 2 will assess from Chemistry topics 13-17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics paper 1 will assess from Physics topics 18-21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics paper 2 will assess from Physics topics 22-24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism.

Separate Sciences:

There is no coursework component for this course. There are two exam papers for each subject, which students will sit during the summer term of Year 11. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes, has a maximum of 100 marks and represents 50% of the total GCSE in that subject. Questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured closed short answer and open response.

Biology

Students will follow AQA GCSE Biology. The course is worth one GCSE.

In Year 10 the students will study: Organisms and Disease; Infectious Disease; Reactions in Biology.

In Year 11 the students will study: Controlling the Body; Inheritance; Ecology;

Biology paper 1 will assess from Biology topics 1-4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2 will assess from Biology topics 5-7: Homeostasis and response; inheritance; variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry:

Students will follow AQA GCSE Chemistry. The course is worth one GCSE.

In Year 10 the students will study: The Periodic Table; Chemical Changes; Rates of Reaction; Quantitative Chemistry.

In Year 11 the students will study: Organic Chemistry; Chemical Analysis; The Earth and Resources.

Chemistry paper 1 will assess from Chemistry topics 1-5: Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry paper 2 will assess from Chemistry topics 6-10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics:

Students will follow AQA GCSE Physics. The course is worth one GCSE.

In Year 10 the students will study: Electricity; Quantitative Chemistry; Generating Electricity; Nuclear Radiation; Forces and Motion.

In Year 11 the students will study: Waves; Magnetism and Electromagnetism.

Physics paper 1 will assess from Physics topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics paper 2 will assess from Physics topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due t heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

Resources

Each year 11 student will be provided with an exam practise book that will be used in school and in revision/intervention sessions. As this book is fully subsidised it must remain in school but students will be able to copy pages to use outside of lessons.

More detail will follow about resources available for year 9 and 10 GCSE students.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

BBC Bitesize - Useful for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 revision.

http://www.logonscience.com/html/

Available for all GCSE students. They are provided with a username and password by their Science teacher. Exam practice - questions and answers provided. This resource will be used for homework tasks set by the teacher.

www.showmyhomework.co.uk

Students are provided with a username and password. This website will contain any homework tasks set by class teachers.

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science/

Available for all KS3 teachers – you will be provided with a username and password by your teacher. This resource can be used alongside the knowledge organisers to test your knowledge at home. Your teacher will also use this resource to set homework tasks.

 

 

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