Key Stage 3

Our KS3 Science Syllabus is based upon the national curriculum and AQA’s Big ideas principle.

We have created engaging lessons to promote thinking and learning, along with the necessary working scientifically skills to explore science all around us. We track progress throughout and the syllabus leads nicely onto our KS4 curriculum.

The content is structured under the 10 Big idea headings Forces, Electromagnetism, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems and Genes. Each idea contains four smaller topics: the building blocks for the Big ideas.

In science only years 7 and 8 will follow this course, year 9 will then start the GCSE (KS4) course.

Students will complete three progress tests a year which, along with other class assessments and practical work will be used for attainment trackers.

More details on the national curriculum can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

Additional science resources, revision material, games and tests can be found here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

 Part 1 - Taught in year 7Part 2 - Taught in year 8
ForcesGravity
Contact forces
PressureSpeed
ElectromagnetsVoltage and resistanceCurrent
Electromagnets
Magnetism
Energy
Energy costs

Energy transfer

Work
Heating and cooling
WavesSound
Light

Wave effects
Wave properties
Matter
Particle model

Separating mixtures

Periodic table
Elements
Reactions
Metals and non-metals

Acids and alkalis

Chemical energy
Types of reaction
EarthEarth structure
Universe

Climate
Earth resources
Organisms
Movement
CellsBreathingDigestion
Eco-system
Interdependence

Plant reproduction
RespirationPhotosynthesis
Genes
Variation

Human reproduction
EvolutionInheritance

Enquiry processes:  Working scientifically

Enquire
• Collect data
• Test hypotheses
• Plan variables
• Devise questions Analyse
• Discuss limitations
• Draw conclusions
• Present data
• Analyse patterns

Communicate
• Communicate ideas
• Justify opinions
• Critique claims
• Construct explanations Solve
• Interrogate sources
• Review theories
• Estimate risks
• Examine consequences

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11:

All students will do A or B

A Science: GCSE AQA Combined Science – Trilogy

What does the course involve?

This course focuses on the knowledge and understanding that you need to make sense of the science you will meet in everyday life. During the course, you’ll study many of the major theories of science in a way that enables you to appreciate their importance to everyday life. The course also explores how scientific information is obtained, how reliable it is, what its limitations are, and how this information helps society to make important decisions. We believe that science has something to offer every student. From a trainee chef to a nuclear physicist, a construction apprentice to a cancer researcher, everyone needs some level of relevant science understanding.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via 6 external papers, each paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long. Each paper is worth 16.7% of the final grade and are available in Higher and Foundation tiers. There is no coursework or Controlled Assessment, instead students will undertake a series of practicals over two years, students will be asked exam questions on these practicals as part of their final exams.

What could I do next?

A-Level Science or KS5 BTEC Science.

OR

B Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA)

This course involves the study of complex scientific concepts- for this reason we require that students who choose it achieve a Grade 3 or higher in Science at the end of Year 9. Students choosing this option must pick the separate science option as one of their four option choices.

What does the course involve?

Studying GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate sciences provides you with the opportunity to further develop your understanding of scientific explanations and how science works. You’ll be able to study elements of applied Biology, Chemistry and Physics with particular links to the work of professional scientists. These separate sciences cover the content of GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science with further material from each of the disciplines.

How will I be assessed?

The course for each of the separate sciences is currently comprised of 2 external exams each counting for 50% of the final grade. There are no Controlled Assessments or coursework, instead students will complete a series of experiments throughout the year, these will be assessed in the final exam. Each subject has the same assessment format and all exams are taken at the end of Year 11. This will mean a total of 9 exams.

What could I do next?

A/AS Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, BTEC Applied Science L3 or Psychology. This is the best preparation for A-Level Science.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13 (Sixth Form):

Applied Science

EXAMINATION BOARD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
The Applied Science sector is diverse and wide-ranging, including, for example, biomedical, forensic, physical and chemical sciences. There are approximately 5.8 million people employed in Applied Science occupations in the UK. This equates to approximately 20% of the workforce. The Applied Science sector has a crucial role to play in delivering economic growth in the UK and allowing companies to compete in a rapidly enlarging global market.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Grade 4 at GCSE Science or Separate Science.

YOU WILL STUDY
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted, in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the Applied Science sector.

Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units:
• Principles and Application of Science.
• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.
• Science Investigation Skills.

One further unit will then be studied taken from one of the main science content areas, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
Students develop transferable and higher order skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers. For example, when studying the science investigative unit, students will learn how to plan investigations, collect, analyse, and present data and communicate results, thus supporting some of the skills students need to progress into higher education, employment, self-employment or training.

ASSESSMENT
The Extended Certificate is assessed using a combination of:
• external assessment (Units 1 & 3), which the exam board set and mark, and
• internal assessment (Unit 2, and optional units), where the teacher assesses the learners’ work and the exam board externally moderate it.

Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* structure.

CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
This course is equivalent in size to 1 A Level. It is for students interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, but not necessarily in Applied Science.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
More information can be found here: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec- nationals/appliedscience-2016.html

Biology

EXAMINATION BOARD
OCR

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Are you intrigued with the incredible variety of organisms that inhabit our planet and wonder about their origin and how they have evolved? Are you interested in the physiology of living organisms or how they function in their environment? Are you concerned about climate change, our effect on our planet and populations of other living things? Are you interested in genetic engineering and how it will affect our future? If you enjoyed Biology at GCSE and would like to delve into it in more depth, then A Level Biology is the course for you.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Science or Biology.

YOU WILL STUDY
Year 12
The Development of Practical Skills in Biology, Foundations in Biology, Exchange and Transport, Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease.
Year 13
Topics covered include Communication, Homeostasis, Energy, Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
Develop your understanding of how science works by using theories and ideas to expand, challenge and modify scientific explanations. Practicals play an important role in the course which will help students to extend their observational and manipulative skills when carrying out experiments.

ASSESSMENT
There are three exams, taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: Biological processes: 2 hours 15 minutes, 37% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Biological diversity: 2 hours 15 minutes, 37% of grade.
• Paper 3: Unified Biology: 1 hour 30 minutes, 26% of grade.

There is no coursework element in the final grade. Students must complete required practical tasks to be awarded the practical endorsement with their final A-level grade.

CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Biology can be combined with almost any other A Level subject and may lead to many different careers in Science and Business. A Level Biology provides an essential foundation for many Higher Education courses such as Archaeology, Biochemistry, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Genetics, Marine Biology, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Veterinary Science and Zoology to name but a few.

Chemistry

EXAMINATION BOARD
OCR Chemistry B (Salter’s)

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
The course is a useful preparation for students entering a highly technological world, allowing them to make informed decisions in the wide range of scientific issues with which they will be confronted.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Science or Chemistry; and a Grade 6 in Mathematics is preferred.

Confidence in English Language – one of the A Level papers is ‘Scientific Literacy in Chemistry’.

Characteristics of a successful Chemistry student; resilient, conscientious, self-disciplined and proactive.

YOU WILL STUDY
• Year 1: Elements of Life, Developing Fuels, The Ozone Story, Elements from the Sea and What’s in a Medicine?
• Year 2: The Chemical Industry, Polymers and Life, Oceans, Developing Metals and Colour by Design.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
• Use scientific methods and acquire chemical knowledge.
• Use your knowledge and understanding to solve problems.
• Recognise and evaluate some of the social, environmental and economic implications involved in Chemistry.
• Carry out investigative work with precision and with due regard to safety.

ASSESSMENT
There are three exams, taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: Fundamentals of Chemistry: 2 hours 15 minutes, 41% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Scientific Literacy in Chemistry: 2 hours 15 minutes, 37% of grade.
• Paper 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry: 1 hour 30 minutes, 22% of grade.

There is no coursework element in the final grade. Students must complete required practical tasks to be awarded the practical endorsement with their final A-level grade.

CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
• Non-university; Apprenticeships for Engineering and working in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry.
• University courses always or often requiring chemistry; Biology, Chemistry, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Genetics, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences, Radiology, Physiology, Pharmacology and that is just to name a few!
• Chemistry is valued highly as an A level even if you do not enter into a scientific profession.

Physics

EXAMINATION BOARD
Edexcel

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Physics is the fundamental Science, covering everything from the innermost secrets of the smallest particles, to the origin and structure of the entire Universe. It is a fascinating and challenging subject with a strong practical approach to a wide range of interesting topics including Forces, Mechanics, Engineering and Imaging amongst others.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Science or Physics; and a grade 6 or above preferred in GCSE Mathematics.

YOU WILL STUDY
• The Salters Horners Physics course allows you to study the physics in interesting applications and contexts. The physics covered includes Mechanics, Electricity, Wave Theory, the Particle Nature of Light, Stars, Space, Astronomy, the Nature of the Universe, Discovery of Particles, Thermodynamics, Electrical and Gravitational Fields and Electromagnetic Machines.
• These fundamental physics contexts are studied in a variety of contexts including sports, medical physics, particle accelerators, space exploration, transport and the food industry.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
• Develop an enquiring approach working with precision, accuracy and perseverance during practical work.
• Handle abstract and complex problems, making links between areas.
• Develop and learn mathematical skills.
• Work with various specialist ICT applications.
• Investigative problem-solving skills across the topics listed above.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are three exams, taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: Advanced Physics 1: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Advanced Physics 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of final grade.
• Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of final grade.

There is no coursework element in the final grade. Students must complete required practical tasks to be awarded the practical endorsement with their final A-level grade.

CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Physics leads to a wide range of career and university pathways including Aeronautics, Astronomy, Engineering, Computer Games Designers, Architecture, Cartography, Research Physicist, Medical Physicists, Vehicle Designers and various careers in the Armed Forces.