Science

Teaching Staff

  • S Collinson (Director of Learning)
  • S Ford
  • R Brown
  • R Newton (KS5 for Science)
  • A Milton (KS3 for Science)
  • D Riley
  • C Wilson
  • L Wilson
  • E Lennon
  • K Hagerup

 

Department Information

We deliver a Science curriculum for students aged 11-19 with practical Science at the core of our lessons. Students gain hands on experience and develop an appreciation and understanding of key concepts allowing them to develop a clearer understanding of the world around them. Science underpins the modern world from pioneering medical techniques, developing sanitary water and understanding the Physics needed to commandeer Space Exploration.

At Key Stage 5 we offer a range of post-16 qualifications to cater for a range of interests and abilities including A-level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and BTECs in Applied Science and Human Biology.

 

 

Key Stage 5

A level Biology

Exam board: AQA (Year 1 AS, Year 2 A2)

Entry requirements: GCSE grade 6 in Science, English and Maths

Assessments:

Year 1 – 2 exams:

Paper 1 and 2: Biological molecules, Cells, Exchange and Mass Transport, Genetics and Diversity

Year 2 – 3 exams

Paper 1: Year 12 content revisited

Paper 2: Response and Homeostasis, Inheritance and Populations, Gene Expression and DNA Technology

Paper 3: Synoptic (covering content over the 2 year programme)

Skills gained

Students will gain a broad range of Biology knowledge building on that gained from GCSE, using examples from Cells, Humans, Plants, Ecosystems and the Environment to apply their knowledge to explain how complex biological processes work. Students will complete 12 required practicals over the 2 years which will give them key laboratory skills in an independent setting. These practical’s are assessed and lead to an additional accreditation recognised by universities.

Year 12

Year 13

Biological Molecules

Photosynthesis and respiration

Cells

Energy in ecosystems and nutrient cycles

Transport across membranes

The Nervous System

Cell recognition and immune response

Homeostasis

Exchange and Digestion

Inheritance

Mass Transport in animals and plants

Populations and Evolution

DNA genes and Protein synthesis

Gene expression and Cancer

Genetic and Biodiversity

DNA technology and Genetic Fingerprinting

 

 

 

A level Chemistry

Exam board: AQA (Year 1 AS, Year 2 A2)

Entry requirements: GCSE grade 6 in Science, English and Maths

Assessments:

Year 1 – 2 exams:

Paper 1 and 2: Physical Chemistry 1 and Inorganic Chemistry

Year 2 – 3 exams

Paper 1: Year 12 content revisited

Paper 2: Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry 2

Paper 3: Synoptic (covering content over the 2 year programme)

Skills gained

Students will gain a broad range of Chemistry knowledge building on that gained from GCSE, using examples from Chemical Interactions and how they are used within Science and Industry to apply their knowledge to explain how complex Chemical processes work. Students will complete 12 required practicals over the 2 years which will give them key laboratory skills in an independent setting. These practical’s are assessed and lead to an additional accreditation recognised by universities.

Year 12

Year 13

Atomic Structure

Alkanes and Halogenoalkanes

Bonding

Alkenes

Energetics

Alcohols and Organic Analysis

Kinetics and Equilibrium

Thermodynamics

REDOX

Acids, Bases and Buffers

Periodicity

Transition Metals

Group 1 Alkali Metals

Aromatic Chemistry and Amines

Group 7 The Halogens

Amino Acids, Proteins and DNA

 

 

A level Physics

 

Exam board: AQA (Year 1 AS, Year 2 A2)

Entry requirements: GCSE grade 6 in Science, English and Maths

Assessments:

Year 1 – 2 exams

Year 2 – 3 exams

Skills gained

Students will gain a broad range of Physics knowledge building on that gained from GCSE, using examples from Waves, Electricity, Engineering, Mechanics and Nuclear Physics to apply their knowledge to explain how complex Physics processes work. Students will complete 12 required practicals over the 2 years which will give them key laboratory skills in an independent setting. These practical’s are assessed and lead to an additional accreditation recognised by universities.

Year 12

Year 13

Particles and Radiation

Mechanics and Thermal Physics

Waves

Fields and their consequences

Mechanics and Materials

Nuclear Physics

Electricity

Optional unit from: Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering and Electronics.

 

 

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

 

Exam board: BTEC (Year 1 National Certificate, Year 2 Extended Certificate)

Entry requirements: GCSE grade 4 in Science, English and Maths

Assessments:

Year 1 – 1 Exam and Coursework

Year 2 – Exam based task and Coursework

Skills gained

An applied course in Science which covers extended theory of all 3 sciences along with practical investigations to expand laboratory skills. Students present knowledge through coursework assignments to demonstrate their understanding of scientific theory and evidence of practical skills in a wide range of scenarios.  

Year 12

Year 13

Principles and Applications of Science

(including Cells, Human Anatomy, Atomic Structure, Bonding and Waves)

Science Investigation Skills (research task and exam based on a practical scenario)

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (including Titrations, Calorimetry and Chromatography)

Human Regulation (including Reproduction and Homeostasis)  

 

 

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Human Biology

Exam board: BTEC (Year 1 National Certificate, Year 2 Extended Certificate)

Entry requirements: GCSE grade 4 in Science, English and Maths

Assessments:

Year 1 – 1 Exam and Coursework

Year 2 – Exam-based Task and Coursework

Skills gained

Knowledge and understanding of Human Biology provides the foundation for working in the Health and Health Science sectors. The sectors are wide-ranging, including, for example, Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health and Sciences including Life Sciences, Clinical Biomedical Sciences and Physiological Sciences. This course allows students to apply their knowledge of Biology to a range of scenarios using coursework and exams with a Healthcare focus.

 

Year 12

Year 13

Principles of Applied Human Biology, including Cells, Tissues and Biological Molecules, Body Systems, Immune Response, Genetics and Health

 

Human Biology and Health Initiatives

Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

 

One optional unit from: Functional Physiology, Diseases, Disorders, Treatments and Therapies, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Biomedical Science,  Human Reproduction and Fertility