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Science

Course description 

Science is such an inspiring subject that has something to offer every student. It impacts on every aspect of modern life. Science is the study of everything around you. You will use scientific methods in an attempt to discover the answers to many questions and in the process you may even realise why we do not have all of the answers yet!

When our science curriculum gets started in Year 7, our sights are already set beyond GCSE. Our curriculum and resources help introduce science skills and concepts early, building naturally to more complex ideas and approaches – while assessing progress at every stage.

Key Stage 3 

Students begin to learn the skills needed in preparation for the GCSE examination courses.

They develop their working scientifically skills through out each topic.

Year 7 Topics

Living Systems

Diet and health

Genetics and evolution

Forensics

Atoms, elements and compounds

Reactions

Forces and movement

Levers, moments and pressure

Year 8 Topics

Accident and emergency

Photosynthesis, respiration and circulation

Ecosystems

Acids and alkalis

Materials and everyday chemistry

The Earth and atmosphere

Electricity and electromagnetism

Energy

Waves

Key Stage 4 

Exam board AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Double award ,this is equivalent to two GCSEs.

Summary of content

Biology

• Cell biology

• Organisation

• Infection and response

• Bioenergetics

• Homeostasis and response

• Inheritance, variation and evolution

• Ecology

 

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

 

Physics

• Forces

• Energy

• Waves

• Electricity

• Magnetism and electromagnetism

• Particle model of matter

• Atomic structure

 

Assessment 

Six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each will assess different topics.

Duration: all the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.

Tiers: Foundation and Higher.

Weighting: the papers are equally weighted.

Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and has 70 marks.

Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.

 

Students will be assessed on their practical skills in their exams with at least 15% of the marks coming from questions relating to practicals.

Each specification includes a list of apparatus that students must be able to use and techniques they must be able to demonstrate. There are 16 required practicals.

 

Combined Science will have a 17 point grading scale, from 9–9, 9–8 through to 2–1, 1–1.

Homework 

How is it set?

Home work is set on show my homework. Homework is set every two weeks using worksheets, examination questions or activities on Doddle, Kerboodle or GCSEPOD.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

A computer with internet access at home would give students an advantage on this course.

Students will be provided with a Kerboodle Log in which will give them access to online textbooks , examination questions and support sheets.

Students will be issued lab books for all of the required practicals

Opportunities for Study beyond Key Stage 4 

With a qualification in Combined Science trilogy, students can continue on to take Advance level Biology Chemistry or Physics. Alternatively they can pursue a vocational qualification with a level 3 Certificate in Applied Science.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

Science will help you to access all types of careers. Some careers requiring Science include teaching, veterinary science, car mechanics, medicine, space technology, hairdressing, beauty therapy, engineering, meteorology, farming, researching diseases and catering to name a few.

Useful links

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login