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KS 3
About the course
Key Stage 3 follows coursework from Science Progress. It has been designed to follow Curriculum 2014 for KS3 science as closely as possible. It covers the programme of study statements and the renewed framework objectives completely.

What they will learn
The course is divided into three sections, which cover attainment targets 2, 3 and 4 respectively of the programme of study for Key Stage 3 science. Target 1 is integrated throughout each of the three sections. Topics include:

Year 7

  • Cells and tissues
  • Animal plant reproduction
  • Environment and adaptation
  • Variation and classification
  • Particles
  • Atoms and elements
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Pure and impure substances
  • Energy transfers
  • Forces and effects
  • Electricity
  • Energy resources

Year 8

  • Photosynthesis
  • Food and digestion
  • Simple chemical reactions
  • Compounds
  • Magnets and electromagnets
  • Motion
  • Lung and gas exchange
  • Respiration
  • Periodic Table
  • Extracting metals
  • Domestic and static electricity
  • Waves and sound

Year 9

  • Muscles and bones
  • Inheritance and evolution
  • Drugs and health
  • Microbes
  • Reactions of acids
  • Describing reactions
  • Earth and atmosphere
  • Innovative materials
  • Light
  • Application of forces
  • Heat transfer
  • Exploring space

How it will be assessed
12 end of topic tests throughout the year and a final end of year examination.  Practical assessments throughout the year.

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KS 4
About the course
GCSE Additional science.
A select group of students only do Core science and another select group do the three separate sciences, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

What they will learn
Topics include:

Biology

Key biological concepts

Cells and control

Genetics

Natural selection and genetic modification

Health, disease and the development of medicines

Plant structures and their functions

Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Exchange and transport in animals

Ecosystems and material cycles

 

Chemistry

States of matter / Methods of separating and purifying substances

Atomics structure / The Periodic Table

Ionic bonding / Covalent bonding / types of substances

Acids and Alkalis

Calculations involving masses / electrolytic processes/ Metals / reversible reactions

Groups in the periodic table / rates of reaction / heat energy changes in chemical reactions

Fuels / Earth and atmospheric science

Physics

Motion

Forces and motion

Conservation of energy

Waves

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Radioactivity

Energy – forces doing work / forces and their effects

Electricity and circuits

Magnetism and the motor effect / Electromagnetic induction

Particle model / forces and matter

 

How it will be assessed
Module test after each topic, 3 Internal exams

Exam board
Edexcel

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KS 5
About the course

Applied A level:
The specifications build upon the broad educational framework supplied by the Qualification and Subject Criteria (QCA, DCELLS and CCEA, 2002) and employ an investigative and problem-solving approach to the study of the subject. In addition to providing a suitable route for progression for candidates completing courses in GNVQ or GCSE Science, or GCSE Applied Science, or First Diploma qualifications, the course of study prescribed by these specifications can also reasonably be undertaken by candidates beginning their formal education in the subject at post-16 level. Progression through the Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced GCE, through either a single or double award, may provide a suitable foundation for study of the subject, or related subjects, in further and higher education. Key Skills are integral to the specifications and the main opportunities to provide evidence for the separate Key Skills qualification are indicated.

Chemistry:
The specification enables motivating contemporary chemistry contexts to be included in the teaching and learning programme. It is designed to motivate both teachers and students, to encourage more students to study chemistry and to encourage teachers to update the content that they deliver. Students will study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media and affect their lives. It is important that students have the necessary knowledge and understanding to explain many different aspects of contemporary chemistry.

These areas include:

  • Climate Change
  • Green Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemistry Research

These contexts are given as examples within the units so they can be updated or expanded upon by teachers over the lifetime of this qualification. The content of this specification includes the fundamental key concepts of chemistry needed for progression into higher education and employment. However, it has been streamlined to allow students enough time to study the units in depth. This ensures that the teaching and learning experience is enjoyable.

Physics:
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement. Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year. The content for this qualification is presented in distinct, flexible, teaching and learning approach, and is adapted to suit the needs of different types of student:

A concept-led approach. This approach begins with a study of the laws, theories and models of physics and finishes with an exploration of their practical applications

Biology:
Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology is a collaboration between two major forces for innovation in science education: the University of York Science Education Group and the Nuffield Foundation. Both have a long and distinguished history of seminal curriculum projects in science and have combined their experience to develop a biology course which meets the needs of today’s students.

How it will be assessed

Exam board
Edexcel

Future career paths in subject
Education
University to study Engineering, Medicine, Technology, Teaching, Science (Behavioural & Social, Life, Physical, Maths & Computer, Earth & Environmental.)

Employment
NHS, Research, Teaching, Engineering, Technology, Medicine, Mining, Industry, Education.

Head of Department:
Mr Gricia

 

Email:
GriciaR@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

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