Science

Staff Role 
Mr J. Haworth Head of Faculty
Dr S. Smith  Science Teacher
Mrs R. Blackledge Science Teacher
Mrs J. Lennighan Science Technician

We live in an increasingly scientific and technological world, and our pupils will see even more changes. The Science Faculty has a responsibility to the pupils to give them the skills to live in this technological world and have some understanding of how things work and how the people that produce them work.

In Science, we aim for pupils to enjoy and enthuse about Science, understanding how Science relates to their everyday life whilst gaining good levels and grades.

KS3

We deliver a 3 year Key Stage 3 programme of study incorporating the new National Curriculum. We have just introduced a new Scheme of Work using resources from ‘Activate’.  Activate is an exciting new KS3 Science course designed to spark curiosity in science and support students on their journey through KS3 to KS4 success.

The students are assessed regularly throughout Key Stage 3 with the use of end of topic tests, teacher’s formative assessment and access to online exam questions. The questions are differentiated and cover Developing, Secure, and Extending outcomes for each chapter.

KS4 

Science is a core subject and must be studied by all students until they leave school. We have chosen the AQA Science A (Core Science), AQA Additional Science. Full details of these courses are available on www.sciencelab.org.uk. Students will be placed in a set that reflects their ability in the subject and a range of assessments from Year 9 will be used to determine the most appropriate set. 

The GCSE Pathway

There is currently only one programme of study at KS4 Science, this follows the AQA specification.   Science A followed by Additional Science.  The exam for each is in June. 

GCSE Science

All students study GCSE Science A (Core Science) in Year 10.  Assessment is in four sections – a Biology exam, a Chemistry exam and a Physics exam each worth 25% of the total GCSE.  The remaining 25% is assessed internally by the Centre Assessed Unit (CAU).  This comprises of a practical investigation and a written examination based on the results obtained.  The CAU exam is done during normal lesson time – but is still an important GCSE examination.  There is an opportunity to do two Centre Assessed Units and the best mark is carried forward.

GCSE Additional Science

GCSE Additional Science is studied in Year 11.  This offers students a second Science GCSE.  Like Core Science it is assessed in four sections - three written examination papers worth 25% each and the remaining 25% is assessed internally in the Centre Assessed Unit (CAU) as before.

GCSE Additional Science is a course suitable for students wishing to study a pure Science AS or A-level or alternatively an Applied Science AS or A-Level course. 

 

Useful Links

Download Option Pathways to Success

Exam Specification: Science A / Science B