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Science

Every student will study all aspects of Science through Years 7 – 11, with the opportunity to progress onto A2 Level courses in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. Our aim is to provide every student with a set of skills and a body of scientific knowledge and concepts to equip them for future life. We also encourage the follow-on into science-based careers as well as Further and Higher Education.

At Key Stage 4 we follow the ‘Gateway Science (A)’suite of GCSEs (OCR syllabus).  Some students will achieve a Combined Science GCSE (gaining a double grade worth 2 GCSEs).  There is also scope for more able, interested students to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects at GCSE, leading to three separate GCSE qualifications.

The Department maintains a YouTube channel which contains videos to support various aspects of the GCSE courses.  This resource will continue to be developed with more content being added especially in the build up to examinations.

 

Main Topics Covered

Year 7

B1.1 Cells

B1.2 Structure and Function of Body Systems

P1.2 Sound

P1.3 Light

C1.1 Particles and their Behaviour

C1.2 Elements, atoms and compounds

B1.3 Reproduction

C1.3 Reactions

C1.4 Acids and Alkalis

Year 8

B2.1 Health and Lifestyle

B2.2 Ecosystem processes

P1.1 Forces

P1.4 Space

C2.1 The Periodic Table

C2.2 Separation Techniques

P2.1 Electricity and magnetism

P2.2 Energy

C2.4 The Earth

Year 9

B2.3 Adaptation and Inheritance

C2.3 Metals and Acids

P2.3 Motion and Pressure

 

Students currently begin the GCSE course in January of year 9

 

GCSE Combined Science Route (2 teachers)

Syllabus Link J250

Year 9

B4 Community-Level Systems

P4 Waves and radioactivity (waves only)

C1 Particles

C2.1 Elements, Compounds and mixtures (purity and separating techniques)

Year 10

P1 Matter

P2 Forces

B1 Cell-Level systems

B3 Organism-Level systems

C2 Elements, Compounds and mixtures  (remainder)

C3 Chemical reactions

C4 Predicting and identifying reactions and products

B2 Scaling up or P3 Electricity and magnetism

Year 11

B2 Scaling up or P3 Electricity and magnetism

B5 Genes, inheritance and selection

B6 Global challenges

P4 Waves and radioactivity (radioactivity only)

P5 Energy

P6 Global challenges

C5 Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions

C6 Global Challenges

 

Note: the physics modules are numbered differently in the triple and double science routes

 

Separate Sciences

Biology (1 teacher)

Syllabus Link J247

Year 9

B4 Community-level systems

Year 10

B1 Cell-level systems

B3 Organism-level systems

B2 Scaling up

Year 11

B5 Genes, inheritance and selection

B6 Global challenges

 

Chemistry (1 teacher)

Syllabus Link J248

Year 9

C1 Particles

C2.1 Elements, compounds, and mixtures (purity and separating techniques)

Year 10

C2 Elements, compounds, and mixtures (remainder)

C3 Chemical Reactions

C4 Predicting and identifying reactions and products

Year 11

C5 Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions

C6 Global challenges

 

Physics (1 teacher)

Syllabus Link J249

Year 9

P5 Waves

Year 10

P1 Matter

P2 Forces

P3 Electricity

P4 Magnetism and magnetic fields

Year 11

P6 Radioactivity

P7 Energy

P8 Global challenges

 

Key Stage 5

A2 courses are offered in

  • Biology (OCR A syllabus - link)
  • Chemistry (Edexcel syllabus- link)
  • Physics (OCR A syllabus -link)
  • Psychology (AQA A syllabus - link)

 

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