Science

"Studying science will broaden your understanding of the world around you, may allow you to influence and develop accepted scientific knowledge, and will give you the skills needed to approach most matters in a reasoned and analytical manner."

Dr. Zac Sloman, Gatsby Business-Science Fellow, Nottingham (Subject: PhD Chemistry)

A good scientific background is essential for careers such as medicine, engineering and research.  Scientists work in industry, the Health Service, government establishments, research and educational institutions. All our Science courses will help students to understand the way science affects their everyday lives and they will also develop their questioning, evaluative and analytical skills.

Our Key Stage 3 students follow the Exploring Science scheme that has a heavy emphasis on the application of science and the development of scientific and investigation skills. This is delivered through units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. To help students with homework, to consolidate classwork and to aid with revision we have in stock one revision guide that covers all aspects of Science at KS3. This guide will be useful to students in Year 7,8 & 9. These are priced at £6 each, less than half the RRP.

At Key Stage 4 the majority of our students study GCSE Combined Science attaining 2 two GCSE grades. Students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be entered for exams at either Foundation or Higher level. Throughout the course teachers will accurately track and monitor students before engaging in discussions as to which tier of entry students will be best suited to. In addition to examining course content the Science GCSE also examines students’ ability in language and communication skills. The final two questions (20% of the exam) require extended written answers.

Biology: Cells & Control, Genetics, Plant Structures & their Function, Ecosystems 

Chemistry: States of Matter, Groups in the Periodic Table, Acids & alkalis, Bonding

Physics: Electricity, Energy, Waves, Radioactivity, The Particle Model

Gifted and Talented students may opt for Separate Sciences and will complete GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This course is aimed at those students who are expected to achieve a GCSE grade of at least a 6, have a strong interest in the sciences and are hoping to pursue sciences at a Higher level.

The main components of the course are: 

Biology: The Environment, Genetics, the Nervous System, Drugs, Cell Biology, energy flow, Biotechnology and Behaviour 

Chemistry: Patterns in Properties, Making Changes, The Earth, Designer Products, Chemical Structures, Rates of reaction, Chemical Detection, Chemistry Working  Physics: Electricity, Space, Motion, Putting Radiation to Use, Power of the Atom, Particles in Action, Medical Physics 

For students whose preferred learning style is less exam assessed we offer the BTEC First Certificate in Principles of Science. The course provides students with the opportunity to experience Science in local industries and includes a range of trips and visits Unit (1): Principles of Science – This unit covers the essential Science needed for the course and includes Energy and Waves, the periodic table and hazards, cells & DNA. 

Chemistry – atomic structure, elements and compounds, chemical reactions. 

Physics –energy and its transfer, waves and radiation, applications of electricity and astronomy of the universe. 

Biology – evolution, classification, ecosystems and health issues. 

Support offered

The Science Curriculum Team runs a number of revision sessions for students in the run up to the modular exams.

Free access to sample exam papers, mark schemes and the syllabi can be found at www.edexcel.com and follow this path: Qualification family - GCSE from 2011 - Science - exams - Show all results

BBC Bitesize also has an excellent set of resources to help with revision.

Two guides, published by Edexcel, one for parents and one for students, are available for download below.

http://www.learningreviews.com/Science-Websites-for-Kids.html

http://www.channel4learning.com/support/websites/science.html

http://www.edexcel.com/i-am-a/student

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/science.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel

http://www.s-cool.co.uk

We have also attached the generic student Controlled Assessment Booklet that students will use for each of their controlled assessments.

We are recommending, as a highly useful revision and subject support package, the Active Learn product. For students who have purchased a subscription to this please login below.

http://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/

Extra-curricular opportunities

Science club offers students the opportunity to explore open ended investigations in a very practical way.

Geology is also offered to Key Stage 4 students as an additional GCSE.