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Science
Department Aims
To provide via well designed studies of experimental and practical science a worthwhile educational experience for all students.

To enable them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge of scientific concepts in all key stages.
Department Ethos
Our vision is to provide an environment where students can enjoy learning to their full potential and apply what they’ve learnt in the community.
Department Staff
- Mrs P Ike - Head of Department
- Mr D McCarthy – i/c key stage 4
- Mrs T Reid - Head of Year 7 and Science teacher
- Mrs L Harris - Head of Sixth Form and Science teacher
- Ms R Dean-Science Teacher
- Mrs F Mua - Science Teacher
- Mrs A Adefowora - Science Teacher
- Ms C. Wheeler-Quinnell- A level Psychology
Science Technicians
- Mrs M Fisher - Science Technician
- Mrs B Wright - Science Technician
Key Stage 3 Information
The department follows the KS3 programme of study.

Information can be found at:
http://curriculum.qca.org.uk/key-stages-3-and-4/subjects/index.aspx

The content of the curriculum is covered through an in house scheme developed based on the Collins KS3 scheme. KS3 curriculum content is covered over two years in Years 7 and 8. Students have a phased start to their GCSE course in year 9 with the Triple science group/s starting in September and the others in the Spring term. This ensures that we have enough curriculum time to deliver both the triple science and the combined science GCSE.

Programme of Study
Key processes
These are the essential skills and processes in science that students need to learn to make progress.
  • Practical and Enquiry Skills
  • Critical Understanding of Evidence
  • Communication.
Year 7 Scheme of work
In year 7 students study the following topics
  • Reproduction
  • Cells
  • Separating mixtures
  • Forces
  • Healthy Diet
  • Digestive system
  • Metals and Non metals
  • Energy Transfer
  • Breathing
  • Acid and Alkali
  • Particles
  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical reactions
Year 8 Scheme of work
  • Energy Transfer
  • Energy your body needs
  • Obtaining useful materials
  • Physical Changes
  • Forces
  • Plant and Ecosystem
  • Variation for Survival/li>
  • Earth’s sustainability
  • Motion on Earth
  • Solar system
  • Waves
  • Heating and cooling
Year 7 and 8 Assessment
Students are assessed formatively throughout the course including
  • Peer and self-assessments
  • Verbal feedback
  • Extended writing tasks
  • End of topic tests
  • End of year Examination.
The results of these assessments are used to monitor student progress and to place students in teaching groups based on ability.
In year 8 students take the end of KS3 exam. The result of this exam and other assessments throughout the year is used to place students in their GCSE sets.
2. Key Stage 4 Science( Year 10, 11) September 2015
In KS4, students complete their GCSE science following one of the following courses
  • Triple science
  • Core and Additional science
  • IGCSE Science
• GCSE Core, Additional and Further science The department follows the AQA Science specification.
Details of the specification can be accessed through:

http://web.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science.php

Triple Science

Students studying for Triple Science achieve 3 GCSE qualifications in Core, Additional and Further Science at the end of the course. There are 9 units of study. 3 units of Biology, 3 units of chemistry and 3 units of physics. Students also complete three controlled assessment units.

Core and Additional Science

Students studying the Core and Additional Science achieve 2 GCSE qualifications at the end of the course.
There are 6units of study. 2 units of Biology, 2 units of chemistry and 2 units of physics. Students also complete two controlled assessment units.

GCSE Controlled assessment Unit (CAU or ISA) for Core, Additional and Further Science.

Controlled Assessment is a form of internal assessment that has been introduced to replace coursework for all awarding bodies. This will contribute 25% of the overall GCSE grade.

IGCSE Science 2015 ( Year 11 set 6 and 7 only)

The specification is designed to give students a solid foundation in science without the need for them doing controlled assessment. To do this it covers the core sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The papers are tiered, foundation and higher and candidates can take a mixture of tiers between each subject.

Year 11 Sept 2015- July 2016

Yr 11 Science Set 1 and 2

Students in sets 3-4 have been studying the Core and Additional Science. They have already completed and achieved 1 GCSE Grades in Core Science. Students will be completing the Additional Science course in May/June 2016.

SYr 11 Science Sets 3, 4, 5

Students in sets 3-4 have been studying the Core and Additional Science. They have already completed and achieved 1 GCSE Grades in Core Science. Students will be completing the Additional Science course in May/June 2016.

Year 11 Science sets 6 and 7

Students in sets 6 and 7 were studying the BTEC Science from Sept 2013 till April 2015. Following the changes to the GCSE curriculum these students have had to change from BTEC science to IGCSE Science.

Year 10

All students in Yr 10 follow the AQA GCSE science course.

Year 10 Set 1

Students in set 1 are completing the Triple science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). They will be completing the Biology and Chemistry course in May/June 2016. They will be completing the Physics course at the end of Year 11 in May/June 20 17.

Sets 2-7

Students in set 2-7 are following the core and Additional GCSE Science. They will complete the Core GCSE in May/June 2016 and the Additional Science in May/June 2017.

Year 9 Science 2015

Students In set 1 and 2

Students in set have started the New GCSE course following the separate science route of Physics, chemistry and Biology. They will be examined on all three sciences in May/June 2018.

Yr 9 sets 3-5

Students in sets 3 -5 are continuing with the ks3 curriculum till January 2016. They will be starting the New GCSE Trilogy course in January 2016 to be examined in May/June 2018.

Year 9 set 6 and 7

Students in year 9 sets 6 and 7 are following the Entry level course in year 9. They will start the New GCSE Trilogy course in Sept 2016 to be examined in May/June 2016.

Changes to GCSE Science from Sept 2015

  • Students in the Triple Science class will be studying for Physics, Chemistry and Biology qualifications. (Typically set 1)
  • All others will study the Combined Science. (2 GCSE sets 2-7)
  • BTEC Science will be discontinued.
  • All examinations will be linear - taken at the end of the course.
  • No Controlled Assessment (CAU or ISA)
Key Stage 5 Information
The department offers the following A level Qualifications

  • A level Biology
  • A level Applied science
  • A level Psychology.
A level Biology

The department follows the context led approach of the Edexcel A level Biology course.
Details of the specification can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/demo/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/biology-a-2015.html
This approach begins with the consideration of an application that draws on many different areas of biology, and then moves on to the biological concepts underlying this application. The design of this approach is based on the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Project.

A2 Level Biology

Course Content

Unit 4: The Natural environment and species survival.Unit code 6B104
Content summary:
  • Photosynthesis; energy transfer within ecosystems
  • Evidence for global warming
  • Evolution through natural selection and speciation
  • nutrient recycling
  • DNA profiling and PCR
  • Structure of bacteria and viruses
  • infectious diseases (eg AIDS and TB) and immunology.
Assessment:
This unit is assessed by means of a written examination paper, which lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination *Unit code 6BI05
Content summary:
  • ATP, glycolysis, anaerobic/aerobic respiration
  • Control and functioning of heart; ventilation and cardiac output
  • Homeostasis
  • The nervous system
  • Impact of exercise on body, and improving performance
  • Hormonal coordination
  • Brain structure and development
  • Imbalances in brain chemicals
  • Human Genome Project.
Assessment:
This unit is assessed by means of a written examination paper, which lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.

Unit 6: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills *Unit code 6BI06
  • Internally assessed
Summary:
Students will complete a written report of an experimental investigation, which they have devised and carried out.

Assessment:
Teachers have the option of marking the report or having it externally marked by Pearson. The work must reflect the standard expected at Advanced GCE level.

AS level Biology Sept 2015
The department follows the Salter’s Nuffield of the new A level Biology syllabus 2015.Information can be found at:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html
Changes to A level 2015

AS is a stand-alone qualification from September 2015, it will no longer form part of students’ A level grades. As such, students could choose to take AS and A level exams to receive grades for both qualifications, or just A level papers at the end of Year 13 to gain an A level grade. The qualification structure is the same for all AS and A level Sciences, regardless of exam board. To achieve an AS Qualification students need to take

AS paper 1+AS paper 2=AS grade.
Note: AS exam papers will include questions on some of the core practicals in the AS specification.
To achieve A level Grade students will need to take
A Level Paper 1+ A level paper 2+ A level paper 3
Note: A level exam papers will include questions on some of the core practicals in the specification.
All content in the AS specification is included in the A level specification.

1. Practical Endorsement
From September 2015, AS and A level Biology will be 100% externally assessed; this means there are no coursework elements in the new courses.
Instead, students will be required to complete a number of core practicals throughout the courses that cover specific skills and techniques.
Students’ investigative skills and knowledge and understanding of core practicals will be tested in exam papers and will contribute to their final grades.
In addition, students’ skills and technical competency when completing practical work will be assessed by teachers.
This will form the basis for the award of a Practical Endorsement at A level. This is separate to the A level grade and, if awarded, will be reported as a ‘Pass’ on A level certificates for students who achieve it.

2. Assessment
AS level First assessment 2016.
Exam questions will test students’ knowledge and understanding of the relevant specification topics.
  • Each paper will also assess students’ knowledge and understanding of experimental methods, based on the core practicals in the specification.
  • Question types: multiple choice, short and long answer questions (up to 9 marks), and calculations.
  • Questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up 10% of the exam papers.
Paper 1 – Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health.
80 marks 50% weighting 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
  • Topic 2: Genes and Health
Paper 2 – Development, Plants and the Environment
80 marks 50% weighting 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
  • Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
Note: All AS exams must be taken in the same examination series. Results from AS examinations will count towards the AS grade but will not form part of the A level grade.

A level Applied science ( AS and A2)

The department follows the AQA applied Science specification. Details can be found at
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/applied-science-8770
A-level Applied Science offers students the chance to concentrate on some of the vocational aspects of Science. As well as being ideal for students seeking a broad background in Science, it also suits those entering this vocational area for the first time.
Course Content

As Applied science( Yr 12)

In As students study 3 units.
Unit 1: Investigating Science At work.(33% of the total As mark)
Unit 2: Energy Transfer System( 33% of the total AS mark)
Unit 3: Finding out about substances( 33% of the total AS mark)
A2 Applied Science( Yr 13)

In A2 Applied science students study 3 units
Unit 7- Planning and Carrying out a scientific investigation
Unit 14: The Healthy Body
Unit 16- Ecology, conservation and Recycling.
Assessment/b>

The Scheme of Assessment has a unitised structure. The Advanced Level GCE comprises three assessment units from the AS Scheme of Assessment plus three assessment units from the A2 Scheme of Assessment. All three AS assessment units are compulsory.
Unit 1 and Unit 3 are internally assessed portfolio units, and Unit 2 is assessed by an external examination. Three units must also be completed from the A2 Scheme of Assessment: Unit 7, a compulsory portfolio unit, plus one from Unit 8, 11 or 14 and one from Unit 9, 10, 12, 13, 15 or 16 to complete the requirement of six units.

Career Path

A-level Applied Science is a good choice for students considering higher education in any Science-based course, including: Biochemical Sciences, Chemistry, Food Technology, Human Physiology, Nursing, Sports Science, Materials Science, and Medical Physics.

AS level Psychology (Year 12)

AS Specification
The course follows the context led approach AQA AS Psychology A specification. In Year 12 (AS) students will cover 2 units.

AS units
  • Paper 1: Social influence, Memory, Attachment
  • Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, Research methods
Method of assessment:
  • Two written examinations of 1 hour and 30 minutes duration (Paper 1 and Paper 2 will both be taken in May/June).
  • Each exam accounts for 50% of the AS grade.
A level Specification The course follows the context led approach AQA AS Psychology A specification. In Year 13 (A level) students will cover 3 units.

A2 level Psychology (Year 13)

A2 Specification
The course follows the context led approach AQA AS Psychology A specification. In Year 13 (A2) students will cover 2 units.

Paper 3
  • Topic 1: Relationships
  • Topic 2: Eating behaviour
  • Topic 3: Aggression
Paper 4
  • Topic 1: OCD
  • Topic 2: Media psychology
  • Topic 3: Research methods
A2 level method of assessment
  • Two written examinations taken in May/June
  • Each exam accounts for 25% of the A2 grade
  • Paper 3 is a 1 hour 30 minute paper and includes extended writing questions in which QWC will be assessed.
  • Paper 4 is a 2 hour paper and includes stimulus material, short answer questions and extended writing questions in which QWC will be assessed.
Please note there will be changes to the A2 specification in September 2016. Students currently studying the AS level will move on to the new A level qualification – details of which are below:

A level units (2016 onwards):
  • Paper 1: Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology
  • Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods
  • Paper 3: Issues and debates in Psychology, Relationships, Eating behaviour, Aggression
Method of assessment:

  • Three written examinations of 2 hours duration (Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 will all be taken in May/June at the end of the two year course).
  • Each exam accounts for 33.3% of the A level grade.
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