Conisborough College

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Key Stage 3 Science

 ROM4936In Year 7 you continue to build on work carried out during primary schooling. Many of the topics you studied last year will be looked at again so you can develop and extend your knowledge and understanding. You will be introduced to a wider range of equipment and techniques so you can carry out new, longer investigations to show how you can use your knowledge. The work is divided into twelve units; some are biology, some chemistry and the rest are physics. At the end of each term you will have a test, which will be used to give an idea of your current National Curriculum level. Due to the introduction of the new KS3 Science curriculum, we will be incorporating “How Science Works” activities into lessons.

The work in Year 8 is similar but you will be re-grouped. This will depend on your progress in Year 7 and your test results.

Year 9 is an important year and you will study ten units of work before you prepare for your SATs. With growing confidence, you can widen your skills and knowledge to reach higher levels. We expect you will be motivated to set and reach challenging targets for your SATs at the end of Key Stage 3 so you have a good foundation for your GCSE work. The new 21st Century Science GCSE work will begin after SATs exams in Year 9.

Key Stage 4 Science

 DSC1751Course Content:

GCSE Science A

This course has an emphasis on scientific literacy – the knowledge and understanding that learners need to recognise the impact of science and technology on every day life.
GCSE Science A teaches you the science you need to be a confident citizen of today’s scientific world.  You will analyse the kind of science you see in the news, discuss its impact and learn about its relevance to you.  You will learn some of the background scientific understanding needed to make sense of science in the news, and you will learn how to evaluate scientific data and information.  For example, you will learn about genetics and examine issues such as genetic engineering and stem cell research.  This course gives you one GCSE.

GCSE Additional Science A

This course uses different contexts to relate science concepts to their applications. Focusing on scientific explanations and model, it gives students an insight into how scientists help develop our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.
Additional Science teaches the science needed if you wish to go on to ‘A’ Level Sciences and a scientific career or if you are just interested in a broad range of scientific ideas.  You will gain a deeper understanding of the scientific background to important issues such as the brain, growth, telecommunications and making important chemicals such as pharmaceuticals.  This course gives you one GCSE.

Triple Science (Separate Sciences) Biology A, Chemistry A, Physics A

Triple Science is an extended version of the additional science. 3 separate sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics are needed if you wish to go to A Level Sciences and a specific career.  You will gain a deeper understanding of the scientific background to issues such as Biology across the ecosystem, chemistry for a sustainable world and physics observing the universe.  This gives you three GCSEs.  The extended part of the GCSE will be taught in Year 11.  Students will also complete a controlled assessment for Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE instead of the core and additional Science controlled assessments.

Career Opportunities:

Medicine, Nursing, Engineer, Chemical Industry

Books / Materials / Visits / Field Courses / Websites:

OCR textbooks and websites.
A range of professionals from the world of work are invited in and work related and field trips are organised.

Group Organisation / Setting:

Classes are set according to ability.  To do Double GCSE Science, you need to have Key Stage 2 levels of 4 or Key Stage three levels of 5 and above.

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Pupils have access to a range of extra-curricular opportunities. There are many visitors to the school and staff organise visits for pupils to travel abroad and around London.

OFSTED - May 2018

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Conisborough Crescent
London SE6 2SE

Tel: 020 8461 9600

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