GCSE Science

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AQA Science

Homework Expectations

Homework is handed out weekly and students are expected to spend at least one hour on each piece. Key Stage 4 homework typically revolves around practice exam style questions in order to prepare students as fully as possible for their GCSE's, but may additionally include activities such write ups or plans of practical experiments, plotting and displaying of experimental data or application of mathematical formulae.

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Information about the course

Students are offered 2 possible pathways in science:

AQA GCSE (9-1) Science Trilogy
In Trilogy students will study cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution, ecology, 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, energy, electricity, particle model of matter, atomic structure, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism. Science Trilogy is a double award: equivalent to two GCSEs. The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed through the written papers. There are six papers of 75 minutes each: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

AQA GCSE (9-1) Biology/Chemistry/Physics
All triple science students will study the topics above from trilogy in more depth with addition to the following: Biology – key ideas in biology, Chemistry – key ideas in chemistry, Physics – space physics GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics results in 3 separate GCSEs. The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed through the written papers. There are six papers of 105 minutes each: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Year 7 / Year 8 - Science

Information about the course

A broad and balanced Key Stage 3 curriculum is offered which includes 6 units each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught over 2 years.The Biology units are Living Systems, Reproduction & Growth, Ecosystems, Diet & Health, Photosynthesis & Respiration and Genetics & Evolution.

The Chemistry units are Particles, Elements & Atoms, Reactions, Acids & Alkalis, Materials & Everyday Chemistry and The Earth & Atmosphere.The Physics units are Forces, Energy, Electricity & Magnetism, Waves, Space and Levers & Pressure.

These topics give students a good start with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the AQA GCSE Science courses at Key Stage 4.

Homework Expectations

“Takeaway Homework” is set once per term for all Year 7&8 students. Each term, students are required to complete 3 mini projects from a choice of 12 in order to complement and enrich the learning that takes place within lessons. Activities include research and data handling tasks, producing reports on independent investigations, constructing abstract models or storyboards, writing newspaper reports and even filming vlogs or dramatic performances of scientific phenomena. This approach has the additional benefit of giving students the opportunity to manage medium and long term deadlines.