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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017/2018

Science Department

We cannot escape the fact that Science is a necessary part of our everyday lives. It studies the things that are happening around and within us and looks for evidence to explain ideas. Advances in technology and science are transforming our world at an incredible pace from the food that we eat, the medicines we take and the clothes that we wear. Having an understanding of the role of science in our lives is important for each of us so therefore, achieving a GCSE in science is an essential requirement for all students. Having an understanding of the role science plays in our lives is also recognised by many universities, as a significant number of degree courses have a qualification in GCSE science as one of the entry requirements.

Courses and options offered in Science

  • GCSE Combined Science
  • Separate sciences leading to GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
GCSE Combined Science
Exam BoardEdexcel
AssessmentSix externally examined papers
Overview

This is the core science course taught over four lessons a week. It is centred on exciting, innovative activities and investigations that are linked to the role of science in our everyday lives.

All of the modules studied are common to the separate science GCSEs, allowing students the flexibility and choice of course that will maximise their potential.

Units studied

Biology 1: Cells and control; Genetics; Natural selection and genetic modification; Ecosystems and material cycles.

Biology 2: Plant structure and their functions; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Exchange and transport in animals; Health disease and the development of medicines

Chemistry 1: Atomic structure and the Periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses; States of matter; methods of separating and purifying substances; acids; obtaining and using metals; electrolytic processes; reversible reactions and equilibria.

Chemistry 2: Rates of reaction; Fuels; Heat energy changes in chemical reactions; the earth and atmosphere.

Physics 1: Motion, forces and conservation of energy; Waves; Light and the electromagnetic spectrum; Particle model; Radioactivity; Astronomy.

Physics 2: Energy – Forces doing work; Forces and their effects; Electricity and circuits; Magnetism and the motor effect; Particle model 2; Forces and matter

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics as well as the level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care.
Separate Sciences leading to GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Exam BoardEdexcel
AssessmentTwo externally set examinations in each of the sciences
OverviewStudents who opt for triple science will study the separate sciences over six lessons a week. It will appeal to students who wish to study the sciences at A Level and is centred on exciting, innovative activities and investigations that are linked to the role of science in our everyday lives. The units studied during the first year in each of the biology, chemistry and physics qualifications are common to the combined science allowing students the flexibility and choice of course that will maximise their potential.
Units studied

Biology:
Overarching concepts in biology; Cells and control; Genetics; Natural selection and genetic modification; Ecosystems and material cycles. Plant structure and their functions; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Exchange and transport in animals; Health disease and the development of medicines.

Chemistry:
Atomic structure and the Periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses; States of matter; methods of separating and purifying substances; acids; obtaining and using metals; electrolytic processes; reversible reactions and equilibria; Rates of reaction; Fuels; Heat energy changes in chemical reactions; the earth and atmosphere; Transition metals, alloys and corrosion; Quantitative analysis; Dynamic equilibria and calculations involving volumes of gases; Chemical cells and fuel cells; qualitative analysis; hydrocarbons; polymers; Alcohols and carboxylic acids; Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles.

Physics:
Waves; Light and the electromagnetic spectrum; Particle model –1; Radioactivity; Astronomy; Energy - Forces doing work; Forces and their effects; Electricity and circuits; Static electricity; Magnetism and the motor effect; Electromagnetic induction; Particle model – 2; Forces and matter

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics as well as the level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care.
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