Year 7 starts with introduction to science lessons during which students will learn understanding of safety in the lab, designing and undertaking practical’s and displaying results. After which they will put their understanding into practise through a space mission topic. We use the AQA KS3 syllabus (for more information see: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/ks3/ks3-science-syllabus ). We have written a scheme of work that enables students to revisit and expand their understanding of science skills whilst introducing them to key theories of science.
We are following the AQA-A specification (Trilogy 8464, Biology – 8461, Chemistry – 8462 and Physics 8463). Students are taught the theory and practical skills within the topics of the course. The scheme of work is written to include practical’s, demonstrations, and a variety of activities to ensure active learning throughout each lesson. Students receive verbal feedback and will also self and peer assess work completed during their science lessons. At the end of each topic students are assessed, following assessment they receive feedback identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses by the teacher and the students are also encouraged to reflect on their learning.
In students are entered for either higher (and achieve grades between 4/4 and 9/9) and foundation (for grades between 1/1 and 5/5).
Information on the trilogy course can be found at https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
Information on the biology course can be found at:
Information on the chemistry course can be found at:
Information on the physics course can be found at:
Students are taught by 2 teachers and follow the OCR-A specification (Biology: H420 A level and H020 AS level, Chemistry H422 A level and H032 AS level, Physics H556 A level and H156 AS level). In year 12 they complete the AS content and begin the A2 content in the summer term. The remainder of the A2 content is taught in yr13. Throughout the 2 years at least 12 practicals are completed in line with the practical endorsement part of the course, which is a pass or fail component of the A level. The scheme of work is written to encourage independent learning, develop practical and analytical skills and inspire students to learn more about the subject.
Information on the biology specification can be found at: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015/
Information on the chemistry specification can be found at: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015/
Information on the Physics specification can be found at: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/physics-a-h156-h556-from-2015/assessment/
The Advanced GCE (Double Award) is made up of four mandatory and two optional units at AS and six further units at A2 (three mandatory and three optional). The choice of the option is teacher discretion.
The AS GCE is made up of three mandatory units which form 50% of the corresponding six-unit Advanced GCE.
The AS GCE (Double Award) is made up of four mandatory units and two optional units which form 50% of the corresponding twelve-unit Advanced GCE (Double Award).
The skills, knowledge and understanding required for the first half of an Advanced GCE course are contained in the ‘Advanced Subsidiary’ (AS) units. The level of demand of the AS examination is that expected of candidate’s half-way through a full Advanced GCE course of study.
More information on the specification can be found at: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/applied-general/science