Science

KS3

In Year 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed ability teaching groups. All students are taught an introductory section which concentrates on safety, new apparatus, Bunsen burner, measuring, carrying out an experiment and reporting it. The course is then divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics modules with four units in each. Assessment is by written tests, skills assessments and open ended tasks.

In Year 9 there are three groups that are working at a slightly deeper level of content, determined by SATs, CATs and internal tests. The assessment styles are the same as in Year 7 and 8. Towards the end of Year 9, students will begin their GCSE Science content.

KS 4

The new Science syllabus aims to make Science a bigger part of everyday experiences and use these experiences to introduce key science facts. The examination boards call this section ‘How Science Works’. The knowledge and understanding that students gain by going through this course will help them to question the facts that they are given by the world around.

Depending on their curriculum route, students complete either the single Core Science GCSE, Core Science GCSE with Additional Science GCSE or GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In each GCSE the content will be tested by external written exams in the summer term, alongside internally assessed and externally moderated coursework (SCAs).

The Dual GCSE students will have exams and coursework in both Year 10 and 11. The Triple GCSE and Single GCSE Science students will complete their coursework and exams only in Year 11.

Interim assessment will be by internal testing and mock papers.

GCSE Science  CORE, ADDITIONAL, TRIPLE

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification: Core, Additional, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Course information: All exams are 1 hour long and take place in the Summer exam series. They each count for 25% of the final exam mark. Prior to each exam a decision is made regarding the Tier of Entry (Foundation or Higher). This tier may differ for each subject area. The practical assessments are spread across the whole year, but are completed by May.

Practical unit SCA internally marked practical work. Some parts of these are examined under exam conditions.

Website: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/GCSE-science-2011/Pages/default.aspx

Other resources: Revision guides for Core, Additional and the Separate Sciences are available from the Science department at £3 each.

It is strongly recommended that students have one and there is provision for Pupil Premium students to have one provided for them.

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