Our Curriculum

Science

Subject Leader: Mrs A Williams

Key Stage 5 Leader: Mr D Edwards
Key Stage 4 Leader: Miss M Hulme
Key Stage 3 Leader: Miss H Fitzjohn
 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Gateway Combined Science A

Exam Board: OCR
Level: 2

Course Overview

J250 OCR Gateway Combined Science A results in two GCSE qualifications being awarded.  This course is studied over two years, with Year 9 as a bridging year between both key stages. Over  the course of two years, students will study discrete modules of biology, chemistry and physics.

The biology topics are B3: Organism-Level Systems; B5: Genes, Inheritance and Selection; B6: Global Changes. The chemistry topics are C3: Chemical Reactions; C5: Monitoring and Controlling Chemical Reactions; C6: Global Challenges. The physics topics are P3: Electricity, Magnetism and Magnetic Fields; P4: Waves and Radiation; P5: Energy; P6: Global Challenges . Students will study practical skills as an integral part of each module. At the end of Year 11 students will sit 6 science examinations in total; two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Paper one in each science discipline will test modules 1, 2 and 3 with paper 2 assessing student understanding of modules 4, 5 and 6. Each paper lasts 70 minutes and being equally weighted, each will account for 16.7% of the final grade. Practical skills and scientific literacy will be assessed throughout each paper.

Assessment: 100% examination.

There are six examination papers. The table below shows how the topics examined across the six papers.

Paper 1 - B1,B2,B3

B1: Cell Level Systems, B2: Scaling Up, B3: Organism Level Systems

Paper 2 - C1,C2,C3

C1: Particles, C2: Elements, Compounds and Mixtures, C3: Chemical Reactions

Paper 3 - P1,P2,P3

P1: Matter, P2: Forces, P3: Electricity and Magnetism

Paper 4 - B4,B5,B6

B4: Community Level Systems, B5: Genetics and Evolution, B6: Global Challenges

Paper 5 - C4,C5,C6

C4: Predicting and Identifying Reactions and Products, C5: Monitoring and Controlling Chemical Reactions, C6: Global Challenges

Paper 6 - P4,P5,P6

P4: Waves and Radiation, P5: Energy, P6: Global Challenges

 

 

Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Science

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 3

Course Overview

Students will study separate biological, chemical and physical concepts. In unit 2, Students will develop their abilities to independently construct academic reports which relate the theory of taught concepts in unit 1 to vocational scenarios. 

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science

  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

Assessment of Mandatory Units: 
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science is assessed externally in a 1.5 hour (90 mark) examination paper marked by Edexcel. All students will sit this examination in year 12.
Unit 2: Internal assessment of externally set practical activities and research based on vocational settings.
Unit 3: Is assessed via a practical examination. All students will sit this examination in year 13.

Internally assessed additional unit:
Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

Assessment: Externally assessed units 1 and 3 contribute 25% and 33% respectively towards the final grade with the internally assessed unit 2 and the optional unit contributing 25% and 17% respectively. It is expected that students attend an externally delivered field studies course to compliment the development of a field practical skills and analysis techniques.

Advanced (AS and A2) Level Biology B

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 3

Course Overview

Students will study a large range of biology topics that build upon their experiences at GCSE. This course gives learners the opportunity to study biologically important molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, water and nucleic acids. It serves as an introduction to ecology, emphasising practical techniques and an appreciation of the need to maintain biodiversity. Learners will also gain an understanding of a variety of organisms through microscopy to study the cell structures, investigating responses to stimuli and function, and appreciating interdependence throughout the history of the Earth.

AS Content:

Topic 1- Biological Molecules
Topic 2 - Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
Topic 3 - Classification and Biodiversity
Topic 4 - Exchange and Transport

A Level Content

In addition to AS content

Topic 5 - Energy for Biological Processes
Topic 6 - Microbiology and Pathogens
Topic 7 - Modern Genetics
Topic 8 - Origins of Genetic Variation
Topic 9 - Control Systems
Topic 10 - Ecosystems

There are 2 examinations for the AS qualification (Core Cellular Biology and Microbiology, Core Physiology and Ecology), each of the examinations are worth 50% of the AS course.

There are 3 examinations for the A2 qualification (Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics; Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology; and General and Practical Principles in Biology), each of the first two examinations are worth 30% of the course whereas General and Practical Principles in Biology is worth 40% of the course.

Assessment: 100% examination, although students will have to demonstrate their practical abilities and attain a practical skill endorsement.


Key Stage 3-4 Curriculum Content

During Years 7, 8 & 9 pupils follow a modified levelled Activate course, incorporating all areas of the Key Stage 3 National Science Curriculum.  This provides them with a fresh, engaging and complete suite of resources designed to bring Key Stage 3 Science to life.  The Key Stage 3 curriculum bridges the gap between the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum.  The course maximises students’ potential and prepares them for their studies and examinations at Key Stage 4. Pupils are assessed several times throughout the topic, commencing with a pretest, extended writing opportunities and at the end of each topic, a formal summative written assessment. Homework and classwork are closely linked to the topics studied, providing the students with Assessment For Learning opportunities, which is closely monitored to provide an accurate record of pupil progress.

Year 7

Term 1 

  • Working Scientifically

  • Level 1 Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Term 2 

  • Level 1: The Particle Model

  • Level 1: Cells

Term 3

  • Level 1: Chemical Reactions

Term 4

  • Level 1: Energy

  • Level 1 (Part 1): Reproduction and Genetics 

Term 5

  • Level 1 (Part 2): Reproduction and Genetics

  • End of Year Revision

Term 6

  • Exams

  • Level 1: Forces and Motion

  • Level 1: Living Processes

Year 8

Term 1 

  • Working Scientifically

  • Level 1: Periodic Table

Term 2 

  • Level 1: Living Processes

  • Level 1: Energy

Term 3

  • Level 1: Separation Technique

  • Level 1 (Part 1): Structure and Function 

Term 4

  • Level 1 (Part 2): Structure and Function

  • Level 1: Electricity and Magnetism

Term 5

  • Level 1: Earth and Atmosphere

  • End of Year Exam Revision

Term 6

  • Exams

  • Level 1: Evolution

  • Level 1: Space

Year 9

Term 1 

  • Level 2 (Part 1): Cells

  • Level 2: The Particle Model

Term 2 

  • Level 2 (Part 2): Atoms, Elements and Compounds

  • Level 2 (Part 1): Living Processes

Term 3

  • Level 2: Forces and Motion

  • Level 2 (Part 1): The Periodic Table

Term 4

  • Level 2 (Part 2): The Periodic Table

  • Level 2: Human Biology 

Term 5

  • Level 2: Separation Technique 

  • Level 2 (Part 1): Energy 

Term 6

  • Level 2 (Part 2): Energy 

  • Level 2: Reproduction

  • End of Year Exam Revision

Year 10

Term 1 

  • C3: Chemical Reactions

Term 2 

  • B3: Organism Level Systems

  • P4 (Part 1): Waves and Radioactivity 

Term 3

  • P4 (Part 2): Waves and Radioactivity 

  • B5 (Part 1): Genes, Inheritance and Selection

Term 4

  • B5 (Part 2): Genes, Inheritance and Selection

  • C5: Monitoring and Controlling Chemical Reactions

Term 5

  • P3 (Part 1): Electricity and Magnetism

Term 6

  • P3 (Part 2): Electricity and Magnetism

  • End of Year Exam Revision (Units 1-3)

  • Mock Exams

  • P5: Energy

Year 11

Term 1 

  • P3: Electricity and Magnetism 

  • C5 (Part 1): Monitoring and Controlling Chemical Reactions

Term 2 

  • C5 (Part 2): Monitoring and Controlling Chemical Reactions

  • P6: Global Challenges 

  • B6 (Part 1): Global Challenges

Term 3

  • B6 (Part 2): Global Challenges

  • C6 (Part 1): Global Challenges

Term 4

  • C6 (Part 2): Global Challenges

  • Mock Exam Revision

  • GCSE Exam Revision

Term 5

  • GCSE Exam Revision

 

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Content

Year 12

Term 1 and 2

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I

Term 3, 4 and 5

  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

Term 6

  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Year 13

Term 1, 2 and 3

  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Term 4 and 5

  • Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

Term 6

  • Revision for re-sit of Unit 1 and Unit 3 examinations

 

Useful Information

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities

OSL for Year 11 is held on Wednesday after school (3pm-4pm).

Suggested Revision Guides and Books

For Years 7-11, the following revision guides and workbooks are recommended:

CGP GCSE Combined Science For OCR Gateway (Grade 9-1) Revision Guide: Foundation/Higher – Available from ParentPay for £6

CGP GCSE Combined Science For OCR Gateway (Grade 9-1) Exam Practice Workbook: Foundation/Higher – Available from ParentPay for £6