Science

Science

Mr S. Dow / Dr S. Marr
Examination Board: AQA SCIENCE

The students follow the AQA specification. From Year 9 all students will study three sciences. In Year 10 and 11, some students will follow the GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) course. Others will follow the separate sciences route and
be awarded GCSE certificates in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The aims of both routes are for the students to:
  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, Science;
  • develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods;
  • acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how Science works and its essential role in society;
  • acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further study at A Level or IB.
Please consult the AQA website for specifications, resources and guidance.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse


BIOLOGY
Head of Department – Dr S. Maudling

Students will study topics in: Cell Biology; Organisation of Plants and Animals; Infection and Response; Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and Response; Inheritance, Variation & Evolution and Ecology.

The examinations will all take place in the summer of year 11 and will cover all material studied since the beginning of the course in year 9.


CHEMISTRY
Head of Department – Dr S. Marr

Students will study topics in: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter; Quantitative Chemistry; Chemical Changes; Energy Changes; The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change; Organic Chemistry; Chemical Analysis; Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using the Earth’s Resources.

The examinations will all take place in the summer of year 11 and will cover all material studied since the beginning of the course in year 9.


PHYSICS
Head of Department – Mr S. Dow

Students will study topic in: Energy, Electricity, the Particle Model of Matter, Atomic Structure and Radioactivity, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism and Space Physics. These topics are delivered around themes to give context to the Physics they are studying. In Year 9 the Theme is Rockets & Space Exploration, in Year 10 it is the Physics of Theme Parks and in Year 11 it is the Physics of Music Festivals. The examinations will all take place in the summer of year 11 and will cover all material studied since the beginning of the course in year 9.