KS3, 4 & 5 Science

In Year 7 and 8 pupils, follow the Exploring Science Scheme of Work that introduced them to a range of topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year 7 and 8 Topics

Year 7

Year 8

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Cells

Reproduction

Unicellular organisms

Inheritance

Particles

Atoms and the Periodic Table

Mixtures

Acids and Alkalis

Energy

Forces

Motion

Light and Sound

Ecosystems

Plants

Food and Nutrition

Breathing and respiration

Metals

Materials

Reactivity

Combustion

Energy transfers

Circuits

Force Fields

Electromagnets

In year 9, pupils begin the GCSE Exdecel course, but using the Entry Level edition of the course. This pushes pupil’s knowledge further than the KS3 content, and works towards their GCSE at the end of Year 11. Topics included are Cell Division in Biology, how to Separate Mixtures in Chemistry and Speed and Acceleration in Physics.

Specification; https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-entry-level-certificate/science-2016.html

KS4 Science

At KS4 all pupils begin the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE. There are two courses, either the Separate Science, where pupils will gain 3 separate GCSE grades, one for each of the 3 science. Alternatively, pupils will start the Combined Science course where they will study all three science but the grade gain is an average of the three subjects and equals 2 GCSE grades

Specifications; https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

KS5 Science

At KS5 in Science we run 2 course, BTEC Applied Science (Extended Certificate) which is a mixture of 4 units, over the two years. Two units are coursework based and the other two units are externally assessed. This course is included in the IB qualification.

Specification; https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/applied-science-2016.html#tab-1

The other course at KS5 is IB Biology, which is made up of 7 units over the two year course is made up from 80% of the course assessed externally and 20% coursework. This course is also included in the IB qualification and is similar to A Level Biolgy.

http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/sciences/biology/