Key Stage 3 Science
At Key Stage 3, students follow the revised Active teach course, which fully integrates the ‘Working Scientifically’ component of the National Curriculum, incorporates literacy and numeracy into its core teaching strategy and delivers effective formative assessment throughout.
Our Key Stage 3 Science course not only fulfils all the requirements of the National Curriculum, but also looks towards to the new GCSEs, helping to lay secure foundations for work in Years 10 and 11.
It comprises of discreet units of work in each of the three sciences, lasting 3 to 4 weeks each.
GCSE Combined Science
This course has an emphasis on scientific literacy – the knowledge and understanding that learners need to recognise the impact of science and technology on everyday life.
GCSE Combined Science teaches you the science you need to be a confident citizen of today’s scientific world. Students will study all 3 sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
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 two GCSEs. Due to the course now being linear, students will be taught the whole science content over a 3 year period and sit 2 final exams in Year 11. Some transition work for GCSE is carried out in Year 9.
Students will also complete several required practical assessments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics marks go towards the final GCSE examinations. There will be an opportunity for some students to sit triple science depending on their science level, ability and interest. Upon successful completion of the GCSE courses students can also go on to study individual science subjects at A-Level standards.
AQA all examinations are at the end of Year 11. Students will sit 2 examination papers for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, each 1 hour and 15 minutes long.
Medicine, Nursing, Engineer, Chemical Industry
This course gives students 3 separates GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is ideal for entry into medicine and scientific related careers.
All 3 GCSEs are linear, meaning students will sit the exam at the end of the course
Biology Subject Content
- Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response
- Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response
- Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology and Key ideas
Chemistry Subject Content
- 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, Using resources
Physics Subject Content
- Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism
- Space physics (physics only)
AQA all examinations are at the end of Year 11. Students will sit 2 examination papers for each GCSE each 1 hour and 45 minutes long.