Science

The aim of the science department is to develop an interest and understanding of the world around us through experimentation, investigation and the study of scientific concepts. To cultivate learners who are able to find solutions to problems through independent learning and working effectively with their peers.

Foundation Years

In year 7 and 8 students will use AQA Activate for KS3 Kerboodle which is tailored to the new AQA KS3 Syllabus and Big Ideas, and designed to support students through KS3 to success in the AQA (9–1) GCSEs.

AQA Activate includes understanding Enquiry processes, carrying out practicals, activities, support sheets, interactive activities, checkpoint assessments and End-of-big idea tests, interactive screens, progress tasks, progress quizzes and end-of-year tests.

In year 7 students will study a range of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Autumn 1 – Physics 1
Autumn 2 -Physics 1
Spring 1 – Chemistry 1
Spring 2 – Chemistry 1
Summer 1 - Biology 1
Summer 2 – Biology 1
In year 8 students will study a range of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Autumn 1 – Physics 2
Autumn 2 -Physics 2
Spring 1 – Chemistry 2
Spring 2 – Chemistry 2
Summer 1 - Biology 2
Summer 2 – Biology 2

KS4 GCSE Combined

Science: Trilogy

Double award

This double award is equivalent to two GCSEs and covers much of the same content as the current core and additional science GCSEs that many teachers and students are familiar with.

Exams

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.
KS4 Triple Science Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Two papers per each discipline: each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from different topics. The questions will use clearer and simpler language, to assess students only on their scientific ability.
Duration: both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.
Tier: Foundation and Higher.
Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.