In years 7 and 8 pupils follow a tailor made KS3 curriculum which provides a solid foundation for GCSE preparation. They are taught all three sciences in mixed ability groups and complete end of unit tests at the end of each topic to help to prepare them for the demands of future examinations.
Biology: Living Systems; Diet and Health; Genetics and Evolution
Chemistry: The Particulate Nature of Matter; Atoms, Elements and Compounds; Reactions
Physics: Forces and Motion; Levers, Moments and Pressure; Electricity and Magnetism
Biology: Photosynthesis, Respiration and Circulation; Reproduction and Growth; Ecosystems
Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis; Materials and Everyday Chemistry; The Earth and Atmosphere
Physics: Energy; Waves; Space
In KS4 we follow the AQA GCSE specifications. Pupils can follow either the combined “trilogy” science course or separate sciences. The new specification began teaching from September 2016 for first examination in Summer 2018 and will be followed by the year 9 and 10 students. The Year 11 pupils in 2016-17 will be following the outgoing specifications.
The new GCSE specification does not have a coursework unit. The final grade comes entirely from 2 exams at the end of year 11. The practical aspect of the course comes from the required practical activities set by the exam board that form part of the content. Questions relating to these practical tasks will make up at least 15% of the marks in the final examinations.
At KS5, science is entirely optional and the courses we offer lead to A level qualifications in biology, chemistry or physics. We have chosen the AQA GCE courses in biology and chemistry but the OCR GCE course for physics.