Our aim is to create learning opportunities that inspire students to understand the scientific world around them and equip them to achieve their challenging personal targets. We believe this will promote the future study of the sciences.
KS3 students are set by ability and are taught the Science curriculum through topics which feature an emphasis on Biology, Physics or Chemistry. Our curriculum supports all aspects of the National Curriculum and has been devised by our own department to give our students the best learning experience. Students receive four periods of Science a week and complete practical experiments in our eight well-equipped laboratories. Students are regularly assessed through written work as well as formal assessments.
The program of study runs from the start of Year 7 to the end of Year 8.
COMBINED SCIENCE- Double Award
Exam Board: AQA Trilogy
Students studying the new Combined Science 2016 course cover the three science disciplines in the traditional fashion. This double award is equivalent to two GCSE’s and contributes as two grades within the EBAC measures.
All science GCSEs will still have Higher and Foundation tier papers. Although there will be no controlled assessment, students will be assessed on their practical skills within their exams with at least 15% of the marks coming from questions relating to practical work. To prepare for this and develop your child’s scientific skills they will complete a minimum of 16 required practical throughout the program of study. The linear approach means that all exams will be completed at the end of year 11 and Combined Science will have a 17 point grading scale, from 99, 98 through to 21, 11.
Combined Science double award provides excellent preparation for all post 16 courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, PE and Geography.
Separate Sciences (Triple Science)
Biology, Physics, Chemistry
Exam Board: AQA Trilogy
The Triple Science option should only be considered by pupils who have done exceptionally well at the end of Key Stage 3.
This is a very demanding course because of the pace of the lessons and the additional content required. Students need to be resourceful and dedicated learners who demonstrate excellent independent study skills.
The course is divided into 3 separate sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and covers similar topics in Combined Science in greater depth and breadth.
All three GCSE awards: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics will be follow a linear exam structure and will all be externally assessed by the end of Yr11. Although there will be no controlled assessment students will be assessed on their practical skills within their exams with at least 15% of the marks coming from questions relating to practical. To prepare for this and develop your child’s scientific skills they will complete a minimum of 8 required practical in each of the three separate sciences.
Triple Science will stretch the most able students and may be appropriate (although not essential) for those students whose career choice necessitates a focused study of the sciences, or a progression to University to study Chemistry, Physics or Biology.
Science Learning Schemes