Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Years 7 and 8?

To help prepare students for GCSE Science in year 9, students in year 7 and 8 follow a 2 year KS3 course based on the new national curriculum. Students follow two topics each half term with an assessment at the end.  Topics covered include; elements and compounds, periodic table, acids and alkalis, breathing, reproduction and forces and light.

Students in Year 9 are taught the foundation units for the GCSE Core Science.  This is to give them a sound understanding of the main fundamental areas before they transit into Year 10.  This includes topics such as the structure of the atom, basic equations, diet and exercise, and different forms of energy.  Students also get to practice an ISA assessment.

How will I learn?

Practical work, presentations, group activities, research projects, individual worksheets.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

A keen interest in the world and how works is very useful. An ability to problem solve, think logically and creatively would be an advantage. Students will need to work collaboratively and independently.

Learning will take the form of research, using ICT, practical work, demonstrations, modelling concepts, creating presentations and writing reports.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

Students will complete GCSE Science CORE in year 10 and Additional Science in year 11. Students may follow the Triple Award Science course in year 10 and year 11 based on their ability and work ethic.

Students who achieve a C grade and below can follow many vocational courses post 16 . Students who achieve an A or B grade can move onto Science A-levels.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?
  • Human Biology.
  • Evolution & Environment.
  • Products from Rocks.
  • Oils, Earth & Atmosphere.
  • Energy & Energy Resources.
  • Radiation & the Universe.
  • Cellular Biology, Green Plants, Microbes & Cycles, Enzymes & Inheritance.
  • Particle Theory, Chemical structures, Industrial Processes, Rates of reaction, Energy in reactions.
  • Velocity, Forces, Energy Transfer, Momentum, Electricity, Power, Nuclear Fission & Fusion.
How will I learn?

Practical work, presentations, group activities, research projects, individual worksheets.

Key theme of ‘How Science Works’ throughout all topics and preparation for ‘Coursework’ a practical Controlled Assessment and Terminal Exams.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

Demonstrate a good level of interest and ability in Science from KS3 Assessments.

Good Literacy and numeracy skills.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

A/S & A2 courses including Sciences.

Science GCSE is also required for some jobs as a ‘core’ subject (e.g. Teaching) even if it is not studied to a further level.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?
  • Human Biology, Evolution & Environment.
  • Products from Rocks, Oils, Earth & Atmosphere.
  • Energy & Energy Resources Radiation & the Universe.
  • Cellular Biology, Green Plants, Microbes & Cycles, Enzymes & Inheritance.
  • Particle Theory, Chemical structures, Industrial Processes, Rates of reaction and Energy in reactions.
  • Velocity, Forces, Energy Transfer, Momentum, Electricity, Power, Nuclear Fission & Fusion.
  • Exchange of substances, heart, blood & circulation, homeostasis and the effect of humans on the environment.
  • The periodic table, water, energy calculations, analysis & synthesis and Organic Chemistry.
  • Medical applications of physics, making things work and using magnetic fields to keep things moving.
How will I learn?

Practical work, presentations, group activities, research projects, individual worksheets.

Key theme of ‘How Science Works’ throughout all topics and preparation for ‘Coursework’ Practical Exam (ISA), Module Tests and Terminal Exams.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

Demonstrate a good level of interest and ability in Science from KS3 Assessments

Good Literacy and numeracy skills.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

A/S & A2 courses including Sciences.

Science GCSE is also required for some jobs as a ‘core’ subject (eg teaching) even if it is not studied to a further level.