Science

Introduction

Science is taught as a combined discipline in years 7 to 8 for all students and includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within the subject there are many opportunities for practical, literacy and numeracy skills.

In years 9 to 11 the majority of students continue with the combined science approach, leading to 2 GCSE's.  There is  one set of 'Triple Science' students who are taught the sciences as separate subjects, leading to 3 GCSE's.

Beyond GCSE we offer A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as a very successful BTEC Level 3 Applied Science course, and from all these courses many students continue with science at university or the world of work.

Key Stage 3

Students are introduced to the basics of science including gaining practical skills. Throughout the year and at the end of the year students are encouraged to complete projects on Space as well as for a final 'Science Fair'.

YEAR 7

  • Biology - Cells, Body Systems and Reproduction
  • Chemistry - Particles, Elements and compounds, Reactions and Acids and alkalis
  • Physics - Forces, Sound, Light and Space


YEAR 8

  • Biology - Health, Ecosystems and Adaptation
  • Chemistry - The Periodic Table, Separation techniques, Metals and The Earth
  • Physics - Electricity and Magnetism, Energy and Motion
     

Key Stage 4

Combined science - The AQA Triology course covers the 3 science disciplines in the traditional fashion and includes required practicals that are examined and are essential for students' understanding.

GCSE Biology/Chemistry and Physics - Students completing the 'Triple Science' route will move at a faster pace and cover the 3 disciplines with specialist teachers to gain 3 GSCE's at the end of the course. Students are selected form predicted grades and teacher assessment.

YEAR 9

  • Biology - Cells, Organisation
  • Chemistry - Atomic Structure, Bonding and Quantitative Chemistry
  • Physics - Forces and Energy
     

YEAR 10

  • Biology - Infections, Bioenergetics and Homeostasis
  • Chemistry - Chemical changes, Energy changes, Rate of Reactions and Organic Chemistry
  • Physics - Waves, Electricity and Magnetism


YEAR 11

  • Biology - Inheritance and Ecology
  • Chemistry - Chemical analysis, the Atmosphere and Resources
  • Physics - Particle Model of Matter and Atomic Structure

     
KS4 Assessment & Examinations
Combined Science 6 papers of 1 hour and 15mins each; 2 for each discipline
Triple Science 6 papers of 1 hour 45mins each; 2 for each discipline

Key Stage 5

At KS5 we build on knowledge and skills gained at GCSE to further understanding and knowledge of science. We offer A Levels as well as a Level Â3 BTEC in Applied Science.

YEAR 12

Biology

  • Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
  • Topic 2: Genes and Health


Chemistry

  • Topic 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance


Physics

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Mechanics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Further Mechanics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics


BTEC Applied Science

  • 1 theory exam based on knowledge of the 3 areas of science including atomic structure, calculations, cells and forces.
  • 1 practical-based exam where students complete a given task and then are tested on their analysis of results.

Internal assessments based on research and practical based topics complete the rest of the year.

YEAR 13

Biology

  • Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
  • Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources


Chemistry

  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Topic 6: Organic Chemistry I
  • Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques I
  • Topic 9: Kinetics I
  • Topic 16: Kinetics II
  • Topic 17: Organic Chemistry II
  • Topic 18: Organic Chemistry III
  • Topic 19: Modern Analytical Techniques II


Physics

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Materials
  • Waves and Particle Nature of Light
  • Thermodynamics
  • Space
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Oscillations


BTEC Applied Science

  • 1 theory exam based on knowledge of the 3 areas of science including organic chemistry, thermal physics and the cardiovascular system.
  • 1 external exam where students are given a scientific article to evaluate and discuss.

Internal assessments based on research and practical based topics complete the rest of the year.

KS5 Assessment & Examinations
Biology, Chemistry & Physics

The exam paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics listed. The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on students’ experiences of the core practicals.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

We regularly have visitors to school for enrichment days. In the past these have included RAF, Hampstead Heath Dam Project, Linnean Society and Surgery workshops.

The science department have run many trips to Universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL as well as museums such as TFL, Science Museum and the Wellcome Collection.

We are currently working in partnership with ABM who are taking on groups of students looking at FM, engineering and apprenticeships.