Science

Year 7

Term 1 & 2
Biology - Living Systems
Chemistry - What's the Matter?
Physics - Make my Boast Faster

Term 3 & 4
Biology - Diet and Health
Chemistry - Cracking the Chemical Code
Physics - Waves

Terms 5 & 6
Biology - Reproduction
Chemistry - Acids and Alkalis
Physics - Energy

Year 8

Term 1 & 2
Biology - Living Systems 2
Chemistry - Chemical Reactions
Physics - Electricity

Term 3 & 4
Biology - Genetics
Chemistry - Earth Journey
Physics - Space

Terms 5 & 6
Biology - Ecology
Chemistry - Material World
Physics - Advanced Forces

Year 9

Term 1 & 2
What Makes the Best Organism?

Term 3 & 4
GCSE Toolkit Part 1

Terms 5 & 6
GCSE Toolkit Part 2

Year 10 & 11

Students will be embarking on one of two pathways currently available:  Core + Additional Science GCSE or Triple Science GCSE (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). As such, all students will be aiming to gain either two or three GCSE qualifications in Science.  For some students we may need to offer more time or an alternative to the Additional Science GCSE course, so in a minority of cases, it may be more appropriate for a student to only obtain one GCSE Science qualification.  Over the course of the academic year 2014-15, we will be constantly updating the Science website with examples of student work and opportunities for extra-curricular engagement with Science.  Full details of course content and assessment is available from the OCR website.  Links to specific pathways are listed below.

Pathway 1:  Core + Additional – students will gain two GCSE qualifications at the end of Y11. All exams will take place in May/June of Y11 and controlled assessment will take place in the final term of Y10.  Students will complete an assessed investigation in each unit of work periodically as they progress through the course and also complete a more formal written assessment at the end of each unit of work.  The units of work for Core Science are to be found following this link: Gateway Science Suite - Science B - J261 (from 2012)
The units of work for Additional Science are to be found following this link:Gateway Science Suite - Additional Science B - J262 (from 2012)

Pathway 2: Biology + Chemistry + Physics – Students will gain three GCSE qualifications at the end of Y11. All exams will take place in May/June of Y11 and controlled assessment will take place in the final term of Y10 and the first term of Y11. Students will complete an assessed investigation in each unit of work periodically as they progress through the course and also complete a more formal written assessment at the end of each unit of work. The units of work for each of the Sciences are to be found following these links:
Gateway Science Suite - Biology B - J263 (from 2012)
Gateway Science Suite - Chemistry B - J264 (from 2012)
Gateway Science Suite - Physics B - J265 (from 2012)

Year 12 & 13

Students are able to study a combination of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science at AS/A2 level. The application and entry process into the sixth form is managed by the sixth form team, so they will be best placed to advise students on entry requirements and subject combinations. We also host a scheduled sixth form open evening each year.   However, feel free to discuss post 16 education in the Sciences with your teachers at any time. There will also be A-Level subject taster sessions provided to Y11 students throughout the year and these sessions will enable students to work with current Y12 and 13 students. Over the course of the academic year 2014-15, we will be constantly updating the Science website with examples of student work and opportunities for extra-curricular engagement with Science. All A-Level students also have the opportunity to work with younger students in the school to support Science as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineernig and Maths) Ambassadors. This is a highly worthwhile pursuit and is also a great opportunity enhance university applications through providing a service to others.

Biology
This course follows the OCR specification, which can be found using this link:  Biology - H021, H421

Chemistry
This course follows the AQA specification, which can be found using this link:  Chemistry (2420)

Physics
This course follows the AQA specification, which can be found using this link:  Physics A (2450)

Applied Science
This course follows the AQA specification, which can be found using this link:  Applied Science (8770).