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'The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions'

Meet the Science team

Meet the tutors who will share their passion for Science as you study at Crompton House School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7 – Assessment

The course is organised into different topics. At the end of each topic there is an assessment that is done in test conditions. To help you support your son or daughter the class teachers will send out a parent mail seven days before the test to let you know when the test is happening and which topic is being tested.  In the summer term there is an end of year exam. The performance in each of these assessments is important in helping to decide the most appropriate science set for each student. A parent mail will be sent that informs parents which topics will be assessed in this examination.

Year 7 – Curriculum

Find below details of the topics that are taught each term. These are taught on a rota system and so they may not be delivered in this order over the course of the term.

Autumn Term

  • 7D: Safe Science
  • 7E: Chemical Reactions
  • 7I: Forces and their Effects
  • 7A: Cells and Reproduction
  • 7G: Fuels and Energy Resources
  • 7B: Organisms and their Environment

Spring Term

  • 7C: Variation and Classification
  • 7H: Circuits
  • 7F: Particles
  • Thinking Science – a series of lessons that promote and develop thinking skills

Summer Term

  • 8D: Atoms elements and compounds
  • 8G: Magnets
  • End of Year Assessment
Year 8 – Assessment

The course is organised into different topics. At the end of each topic there is an assessment that is done in test conditions. To help you support your son or daughter the class teachers will send out a parent mail seven days before the test to let you know when the test is happening and which topic is being tested.  At the end of the autumn term there is an important examination. The results of this are used to help determine whether it is suitable for a student to follow the separate science course at GCSE or whether they would be more suited to following the dual award course. A parent mail will be sent that informs parents which topics will be assessed in this examination. There is also an end of year examination and the results of this may have an impact on setting for the following academic year.

Year 8 – Curriculum

Find below details of the topics that are taught each term. These are taught on a rota system and so they may not be delivered in this order over the course of the term.

Autumn Term

  • 8H: Sound
  • 8B: Respiration
  • 8A: Food and Digestion
  • 8E: Dissolving
  • 8C: Health and Disease
  • End of term assessment

Spring Term

  • 8I: Light
  • 9D: Energy and Electricity
  • 9A: Reactions of Metals
  • 9C: Plants and Photosynthesis
  • 9E: Speed and Moments

Summer Term

  • 9F: Space
  • 9G: The Rock Cycle
  • 9B: Inheritance and Selection
  • End of Year Assessment
Dual Science is where pupils are taught all three disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and finish Key Stage 4 with two GCSE grades.
  • In Year 10 pupils undertake a GCSE Science qualification. Here there are two exams worth 75% of the final grade; Unit 1 (B1C1P1) and Unit 2 (B2C2P2). The remaining 25% is completed in class as one piece of coursework. This will amount to one GCSE grade.
  • In Year 11 pupils undertake a GCSE Additional Science qualification. There are two exams in Year 11 worth 75% of the final grade, Unit 3 (B3C3P3) and Unit 4 (B4C4P4), plus one piece of coursework worth 25%.

The grades for Science and Additional Science are independent of one another. In Year 9 pupils undertake a number of topics which will cover the foundations of Biology, Chemistry in Physics in order to bridge the gap between Key Stage 3 and Kay Stage 4. Throughout Key Stage 4 pupils undertake a variety of practical work across all three subjects in order to develop key scientific understanding. Pupils are given multiple opportunities to plan, carry out and evaluate a variety of experiments. These skills are then assessed in the coursework element of the course.

What can you do at home?

  • Pupils are expected to review work covered in class, undertake extra reading and make revision notes.
  • Revise for end of unit tests and mock exams.
  • Complete past paper questions to consolidate knowledge and identify areas where extra work needs to be done.
  • Complete all homework set by their class teacher.

How can parents help?

  • Buying a revision guide really helps students. Lonsdale Essentials OCR Gateway B GCSE Science B (Year 9/10) and Lonsdale Essentials OCR Gateway B GCSE Additional Science B (Year 9/10/11) are good, relatively inexpensive examples.
  • Encourage pupils to complete homework.
  • Review work with the pupils at the end of every week.

Useful Websites For all past papers and mark schemes:

Revision:

Examination Body: OCR Gateway B Below is a table of the topics Years 9, 10 and 11 will study this year. The first three topics will take approximately half a year and finish in the Christmas term. The second three topics will be taught from January until Easter in preparation for the exams.
Year 9Year 10Year 11
B1- Understanding organismsB1- Understanding organismsB3- Living and growing
C1- Carbon chemistryC1- Carbon chemistryC3- Chemical economics
P1- Energy for the homeP1- Energy for the homeP3- Forces and motion
B4- It’s a green worldB2- Understanding the environmentB4- It’s a green world
C4- The periodic tableC2- Chemical ResourcesC4- The periodic table
P4- Electricity, waves and radiationP2- Living for the futureP4- Electricity, waves and radiation
A summary of the content of each topic examined at the end of Year 10 is as follows:

  • B1: Fitness and health, human health and diet, staying healthy, the nervous system, drugs, homeostasis, controlling plant growth and variation and inheritance.
  • C1: Making crude oil useful, using carbon fuels, clean air, making polymers, designer polymers, cooking and food additives, esters and perfumes and paints and pigments.
  • P1:  Heating houses, keeping homes warm, a spectrum of waves, lights and lasers, cooking and communication using waves, data transmission, wireless signals and stable Earth.
  • B2: Classification, energy flow in a food chain, carbon and nitrogen cycles, interdependence, adaptations, natural selection, population and pollution and sustainability.
  • C2: Structure of the Earth, construction materials, metals and alloys, making cars, making ammonia, acids and bases, fertilisers and crops yields and sodium chloride.
  • P2: Energy from the sun, generating electricity, global warming, fuels for power, nuclear radiations, exploring our solar system, threats to Earth and the Big Bang.

A summary of the content of each topic examined at the end of Year 11 is as follows:

  • B3: Genetics, protein synthesis, enzymes, energy and life processes, respiration and exercise, cell division, blood and the circulatory system, growth and development, genetic engineering and cloning.
  • C3: Rates of reaction, explosions, catalysts, relative formula mass, conservation of mass, percentage yield, atom economy, energy, calorimetry, making medicines, diamond and graphite and Bucky balls and nanotubes.
  • P3: Speed, distance-time graphs, acceleration and velocity, speed-time graphs, forces and motion, stopping distances and car safety, work and power, kinetic and gravitational potential energy, momentum and terminal velocity.
  • B4: Sampling techniques, identifying organisms, photosynthesis, transport across a membrane, plant structure, transport in plants, transpiration, decay and recycling and farming.
  • C4: The periodic table, structure and bonding of atoms, precipitation reactions, metallic structure and purifying water.
  • P4: Static electricity, current and resistance, longitudinal waves, radioactivity, ionising radiation, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.
How will this be assessed in school?

  • Each topic has a mid-unit and end of unit assessment which last for 30 minutes and are undertaken in class.
  • There are Year 11 mocks at Christmas and the week before Easter which lasts for 1 hour.
  • In Year 10 there are mocks in the week before Easter holidays which lasts for 1 hour.
  • In Year 9 there will be a mock during lessons on week commencing June 1st 2015.
  • Parents will be informed of any assessment in class and mocks by ParentMail.
  • Coursework for Years 10 and 11 take place during lessons in the Christmas term.
  • Year 9 will be complete a mock pieces of coursework after their mock in the summer term.

When are these assessed externally?

  • B1 C1 P1 exam in the afternoon on Wednesday 20th May 2015
  • B2 C2 P2 exam in the afternoon on Friday 5th June 2015
  • B3 P3 C3 exam in the afternoon on Tuesday 9th June 2015
  • B4 C4 P4 exam in the afternoon on Friday 12th June 2015
Biology is the science of life. Biological structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms are all studied. Students also explore how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society. The course is assessed by two terminal written papers. Paper 1 is two hours and paper 2 is one hour long. The course is designed to enable the students to appreciate the practical nature of biology, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques.

Home learning will take a variety of guises, for example:

  • researching  biological issues in the news
  • background preparation for lessons
  • presentation preparation
  • past paper question work
  • revision for end of unit tests
  • biological model making.

Our parents can help by engaging their children in discussion and letting their children ‘teach’ them what they have been learning in class as well as using class notes, topic checklists and revision guides to quiz their children. Obviously, watching the entire David Attenborough back catalogue is to be encouraged!

Useful websites: Exam board – Edexcel, follow link International GCSEs and Edexcel Certificates / Biology

Examination body – Edexcel Certificate in Biology General overview for students starting their KS4 courses in Year 9
YearTermTopic
9AutumnUnit 1 Characteristics of living things
Unit 2 Cells and cell processes
SpringUnit 3 Nutrition
Unit 4 Respiration and gas exchange
SummerUnit 5 Transport in humans
Unit 6 Plant nutrition and transport
10AutumnUnit 7 Excretion
Unit 8 Coordination and response
SpringUnit 9 Coordination in plants
Unit 10 Reproduction in plants
Unit 11 Human reproduction
SummerUnit 12 Inheritance and selection
Unit 13 Organisms in the environment
11AutumnUnit 14 Human influences on the environment
Unit 15 Food production
Unit 16 Genetic engineering
SpringRevision
SummerRevision
Examination body – Edexcel Certificate in Biology General overview for students starting their KS4 courses in Year 10
YearTermTopic
10AutumnUnit 1 Characteristics of living things
Unit 2 Cells and cell processes
Unit 3 Nutrition
SpringUnit 4 Respiration and gas exchange
Unit 5 Transport in humans
Unit 6 Plant nutrition and transport
SummerUnit 7 Excretion
Unit 8 Coordination and response
Unit 9 Coordination in plants
Unit 10 Reproduction in plants
11AutumnUnit 11 Human reproduction
Unit 12 Inheritance and selection
Unit 13 Organisms in the environment
SpringUnit 14 Human influences on the environment
Unit 15 Food production
Unit 16 Genetic engineering
Summer
Each topic is assessed by an end of unit test. The questions are drawn from exam board past papers.

Each test is about 30 minutes in length, so around 30 marks. The Biology team aims to give parents one week’s notice of the tests by ParentMail.

We also have end of year tests in Year 9 and 10 and a mock examination in Year 10 and 11 during mock exam week, in order to help our students prepare for their external examinations.

Everything you see, hear, touch, smell, and taste involves Chemistry and Chemicals. The process of hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and touching involves chemical reactions in the body. It is important to study Chemistry to gain an appreciation and understanding of the Chemical world around us. At Crompton House we view Chemistry as an experimental science and we deliver our teaching through a variety of stimulating practical work and engaging demonstrations.

Exam Board Students at Crompton House follow the Edexcel Certificate in Chemistry course a version of the GCSE that is credited for teaching in UK schools. This is assessed with two exams and no coursework element.

Practical Learning The Chemistry course delivers a wide range of theoretical and practical work covering chemical facts, concepts and principles. Some examples of the practical work include:

  • Investigating the factors that influence that rate of a reaction
  • Fermentation of sugar to make alcohol
  • Electrolysis of aqueous solutions such as sodium chloride, copper sulphate and dilute sulphuric acid
  • Cracking of a hydrocarbon
  • The Chemical identification of metal ions

Home Learning: The Edexcel in Chemistry is a very demanding course and we expect pupils to spend a great deal of time learning the content at home in order to cement their understanding.   This could be through creating revision materials (flash cards, mind maps), watching online clips, and completing past paper questions. Pupils will be given frequent homework to ensure that learning continues outside of the classroom but they should get in the habit of thinking “Every night is homework night” in order to succeed.

How can parents help? As a parent you can support your child in Chemistry through a number of strategies

  • Have a copy of the Edexcel in Chemistry certificate which can be found here
  • Purchase an approved revision guide
  • Help create revision cards for your child
  • Regularly test for child on key definitions that he/she must know as part of the syllabus
  • Ask to view their most recent study pack to gain an understanding of the work done and to check that they are acting on teacher feedback

Useful websites:

  • http://www.chemguide.co.uk   a website containing links to various videos to help support understanding of chemistry. (scroll down for the Chapter list)
  • http://qualifications.pearson.com useful for past examination papers for improving exam technique.
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk BBC Bitesize Chemistry website contains notes and activities for pupils to support and review their own understanding.
  • http://chemnet.rsc.org A site provided by the Royal Society for Younger Chemists. You can find out information about events, enter competitions, and ask an expert if stuck with a topic or question.
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
ParticlesExtracting MetalsPolymers
Chemistry of The Elements Organic Chemistry Rates of Reaction
Reactivity SeriesCrude Oil
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Chemical BondingAcids, Alkali’s and SaltsChemical Calculations 1
ElectrolysisThe Chemistry of the Elements 2
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
EquilibriaAnalytical ChemistryRevision Time
EnergeticsChemical Calculations 2
Assessment is regularly carried in Chemistry as we like to know how well the content has been understood and identify any barriers to learning that we can act upon to support all our pupils in making progress in the subject. At the end of each topic there is an end of unit assessment.
TopicAssessment
Year 9
ParticlesYear 9 Autumn Term
The Chemistry of the Elements 1Year 9 Autumn Term
Reactivity Series & Extracting MetalsYear 9 Spring Term
Organic ChemistryYear 9 Spring Term
Crude OilYear 9 Autumn Term
PolymersYear 9 Summer Term
Rates Of ReactionYear 9 Summer Term
End of Year 9 Exam (1 hour)
Year 10
Chemical Bonding Year 10 Autumn Term
ElectrolysisYear 10 Autumn Term
Acids, Alkali’s & SaltsYear 10 Spring Term
The Chemistry of the Elements 2Year 10 Spring Term
Year 10 Mock Exam (1.5 hours)Year 10 Term 3
Chemical Calculations 1Year 10 Summer Term
Year 11
EquilibriaYear 11 Autumn Term
EnergeticsYear 11 Autumn Term
Year 11 Mock Paper 1 (2hours) Paper 2 (1 Hour)
Analytical ChemistryYear 11 Spring Term
Chemical Calculations 2Year 11 Spring Term
Physics is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter, energy and forces and motion. If you can manage to gain a good grasp of Physics you will have a decent understanding of how the world and the devices that are in it function. We look in detail at topics such as forces, energy, radiation, waves, electricity and electromagnetism.

How are students assessed for this course?

We currently follow the Edexcel Physics linear course at GCSE and students are assessed through two exams only at the end of Year 11. Paper one is a 2 hour paper and counts towards two thirds of the final GCSE grade. Paper two is a 1 hour paper and this counts towards one third of the final GCSE grade. There is no coursework in this Physics course.

The importance of practical work

In Physics we undertake as much practical work as possible in order to develop these important skills. Students are assessed on practical skills in their final Physics exams. Students also need to develop these skills for further study at A Level Physics and for University if they choose to go down this route.

What home learning do you expect students to do?

Students will generally receive one piece of homework per week in Physics and we expect this to be the absolute bare minimum. On a weekly basis, pupils should be going through their notes to check that they understand what has been covered in class. To complement their class notes, pupils should also read their textbook and use their revision guides at the same time in order to consolidate their learning.

  • Parents can help by ensuring that their son/daughter reviews the learning they have done in Physics on a weekly basis. They should make sure that a 20-30 minute slot is allocated (preferably at the weekend) in order for their son/daughter to read back through the notes and matching textbook notes.
  • Any questions that are raised from this review of the previous weeks learning should be taken to the subject teacher at some time during the following week of school. If you can encourage this to happen it will really benefit the learning process.
  • All past paper materials will be available on the school VLE and it would be extremely beneficial if you could print some questions off and get your son /daughter to have a go at them outside of school. The more practice that pupils can do with exam questions, the better their exam technique will be and ultimately the better their grade will be at the end of the course.

Useful websites are:

Examination body: Edexcel

Specification: Edexcel Certificate KPH0

What topics do we cover and when?

Autumn Term

Section 4: Energy resources and energy transfer Section 2: Electricity

Spring Term

Section 2: Electricity Section 3: Waves

Summer Term

Section 1: Forces and motion

(Note: this schedule is an outline guide and is subject to change depending on circumstances at the time)

Assessment information:

At the end of every section or sub-section pupils will have an assessment to enable us to track their progress in the topic and over time. The assessments will be made up from previous past paper questions so that they are robust, challenging and informative of the level a particular pupil is working at. In the autumn term there is likely to be a minimum of two assessments. Two in the energy resources and energy transfer topic and possibly one in the electricity topic depending how far pupils get into the topic. Things are subject to change on a weekly basis depending on trips, extra-curricular activities etc.

Assessments for mid and end of topic tests are likely to be between 30 and 45 minutes in length.

There will be an end of year assessment for Year 9 pupils that will assess all of the topic areas that has been covered during Year 9. This will inform summer work and identify areas to improve. This is likely to be at the back end of June in the summer term.

NOTE: For all tests and assessments that pupils take, parents/guardians/carers will be warned about this at least a week in advance of the test via parentmail.

Examination body: Edexcel

Specification: Edexcel Certificate KPH0

What topics do we cover and when?

Autumn Term

Section 1: Forces and motion Section 5: Solids, liquids and gases

Spring Term

Section 6: Magnetism and electromagnetism Section 7: Radioactivity and particles

Summer Term

Revision of topics covered in Year 9

(Note: this schedule is an outline guide and is subject to change depending on circumstances at the time)

Assessment Information

At the end of every section or sub-section pupils will have an assessment to enable us to track their progress in the topic and over time. The assessments will be made up from previous past paper questions so that they are robust, challenging and informative of the level a particular pupil is working at. In the autumn term there is likely to be a minimum of two assessments. There will be two assessments in the forces and motion topic and possibly one in the solids, liquids and gases topic depending how far pupils get into the topic. This pattern will continue throughout the year. Things are subject to change on a weekly basis depending on trips, extra-curricular activities etc.

Assessments for mid and end of topic tests are likely to be between 30 and 45 minutes in length.

There will be an end of year assessment for Year 10 pupils that will assess all of the topic areas that has been covered during Year 10. This is likely to be in the early part of the summer term.

NOTE: For all tests and assessments that pupils take, parents/guardians/carers will be warned about this at least a week in advance of the test via parentmail.

Examination body: Edexcel

Specification: Edexcel Certificate KPH0

What topics do we cover and when?

Autumn Term

Section 1: Forces and motion (some classes may have started or finished this in Year 10) Section 5: Solids, liquids and gases

Spring Term

Section 6: Magnetism and electromagnetism Section 7: Radioactivity and particles

Summer Term

Revision of prior work in anticipation for external exams.

Pupils have external exams in all subjects and leave

(Note: this schedule is an outline guide and is subject to change depending on circumstances at the time)

Assessment Information

At the end of every section or sub-section pupils will have an assessment to enable us to track their progress in the topic and over time. The assessments will be made up from previous past paper questions so that they are robust, challenging and informative of the level a particular pupil is working at. In the autumn term there is likely to be a minimum of two assessments. There will be two assessments in the forces and motion topic and possibly one in the solids, liquids and gases topic depending how far pupils get into the topic. This pattern will continue throughout the year. Things are subject to change on a weekly basis depending on trips, extra-curricular activities etc.

Assessments for mid and end of topic tests are likely to be between 30 and 45 minutes in length.

Pupils will have a mock exam in December before they go on work experience and potentially another mock exam before Easter to enable to easily identify any areas of weakness.

NOTE: For all tests and assessments that pupils take, parents/guardians/carers will be warned about this at least a week in advance of the test via parentmail.

GCSE and A level Science revision and exam preparation

These videos are intended as a “use at home” resource, to allow pupils to consolidate topics covered in class. However they are also suitable as stand alone revision videos when leading into topic tests and final exams.  I aim to highlight the major mistakes and misconceptions people make with each topic, and to emphasis the importance of key words, phrases and concepts.

This library of video’s will grow to encompass the entirety of GCSE combined, and Triple Science. Please feel free to email Mr Heys if you cant find a video on the topic you are looking for, and he will ensure it is the next one made.”

Why not subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep informed when we add further resources.

Active transport and diffusion

The leaf and photosynthesis

Energy power and efficiency

Natural selection

Punnet square and inheritance

Electronic structure

Compounds and mixtures revision yr 9 test

Revision video atoms and periodic table

Cells test revision part 1(2)

Cells test revision part 1(1)

Part 2 power

Basics A level electricity

Displacement reactions

Specific heat capacity exam questions

Heat PT 3

Heat part 2

Heat part 1

Motion part 2

Motion part 1

Mitosis and meiosis part 1

Homeostasis pt 1. Blood sugar and diabetes

Series and parallel circuits part 2

Series and parallel circuits part 1

Equations

GCSE biology heart dissection

Static electricity pt 2 exam questions. GCSE science physics

Static electricity. Van der graff generator. GCSE science physics

GCSE science biology temperature regulation. Homeostasis part 2

GCSE science chemistry. Neutralisation and making salts

GCSE science chemistry covalent bonding

GCSE science chemistry ionic bonding

GCSE SCIENCE PHYSICS convection pt 2

GCSE SCIENCE PHYSICS REFRACTION

GCSE SCIENCE PHYSICS waves part 2

GCSE science physics.. waves pt 1

GCSE SCIENCE PHYSICS CONVECTION

GCSE PHYSICS Terminal Velocity

GCSE PHYSICS MOMENTUM PT 3

GCSE PHYSICS MOMENTUM PT 2

GCSE PHYSICS MOMENTUM PT 1

Option choice: GCSE Science

About GCSE Science
Science is a compulsory subject throughout Years 9, 10 and Year 11. The following information does not apply to students selecting the separate science GCSE course as one of their option choices.
At key stage 4 we offer courses in:

  • GCSE Science
  • GCSE Additional Science
  • BTEC Principles of Applied Science
  • BTEC Applications of Science

Our priority is to ensure that each student follows a course that will maximise their achievement and we will base our decision about which course pupils will follow on prior attainment, the progress made so far and how the pupil works in lessons.

How you are going to learn on this course:

All of these courses are general science courses and they enable pupils to study areas of biology, chemistry and physics as well as the role of science in society. Practical work is a key feature of all of these courses and pupils will be able to develop investigative and practical skills. You will undertake independent work and will also work in groups. Completion of all tasks to a high standard, full participation in lessons and completion of homework on time are all important if pupils are to reach their potential.

How it is assessed:
In Years 9 and 10, students follow either the GCSE Science course or the BTEC course. The GCSE Science course will be assessed by two exams at the end of Year 10 (both in May/June) and coursework (worth 25% of the final grade). By the end of Year 10, students will have completed this course and will be given a GCSE grade. Students who achieve a grade C on this course will study the GCSE Additional Science course in Year 11. The GCSE Additional Science course follows the same format as GCSE Science. Examinations are set at two levels: Higher tier and Foundation tier. The higher tier is aimed at students who are capable of achieving grades A*-C, whereas the foundation tier is aimed at grades C-G. The tier that you are entered for will be based upon how well you have done during the year. You will be entered for the higher tier if we think that you can achieve at least a grade B.

The BTEC courses are assessed predominantly through the completion of assignments that are marked and verified within school. Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be graded at pass, merit or distinction level. There is also a small examination to be taken as part of the BTEC course.

Pathways and careers leading from this subject:
Students who achieve an A grade in GCSE Additional Science are able to progress onto A level Biology, Chemistry or Physics courses. At Crompton House we also offer a level 3 BTEC course in Forensic Science (which is equivalent to one A level). To access this course, students would need to have achieved at grade C standard in their GCSEs or to have gained a merit on the BTEC science course.
Course combinations:

Studying science offers an excellent opportunity to practise and develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Other information:
The Science section of the school’s VLE has lots of interactive materials that cover the topics studied at key stage 4.  Some students following this course may be entered for Level 1 BTEC; however, students who would normally be expected to achieve GCSE grade C and above will be expected to complete a Level 2 BTEC at Pass level or above.
About GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics
For students who have a particular interest in and aptitude for the science subjects we offer the GCSE courses in biology, chemistry and physics as an option choice.

Choosing “separate science” will enable pupils to study each individual science subject in more detail, broadening and deepening an understanding of the sciences. As a consequence, this route is a superior and tailored preparation for students considering studying biology, chemistry or physics at A Level.

At the end of the course, students will be awarded an GCSE grade in each of the three science subjects.

How you are going to learn on this course:

You will be taught by three teachers who are specialists in biology, chemistry, or physics, for a total of twelve periods per fortnight. A great deal of practical work will be undertaken throughout the course. In previous years, we have run a three day field trip to Blencathra in the Lake District as part of this course. This has provided an excellent opportunity to develop the key practical skills needed in environmental biology and environmental chemistry.

How it is assessed:
All of the exams for the GCSE courses are at the end of Year 11. For each course there are two written examination papers: in addition to testing the content of the course, there are also questions which test the understanding of practical skills. There is no coursework or controlled assessment.
Pathways and careers leading from this subject:
The separate science subjects are highly valued by universities and employers. These subjects are of particular use for anyone considering a career in the scientific, engineering or medical professions. They are also valuable for those considering a career in law or finance.
Course combinations:

All professional scientists need to have good mathematical skills. To achieve high grades in the science subjects you will need to memorise, re-arrange and use scientific equations. You must also be able to plot and analyse graphs.

Other information:
This course is more challenging than the GCSE Science and Additional Science courses and so it is important that students discuss their suitability for this course with their science teacher; in addition, we require that students achieve a level 6a in the end of Key Stage 3 Science test if they are automatically to gain a place on this course.
Who to see for more information

Curriculum Team Leader: Mr J. Davies

Course teachers:
Miss Galloway (Head of Subject: Dual Science)
Dr E. O’Brien (Head of Subject: Biology)
Mr A. Guinan (Head of Subject: Chemistry)
Mr D. Gibson (Head of Subject: Physics)

You can speak to your Form Tutor, Head of House and Assistant Head of House for more advice.

GCSE Specification

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