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    Science

    Welcome to the Science Faculty

    Staff

    • Mrs N Jeffries - Head of Science Faculty
    • Dr T Jackson - Head of Physics
    • Mr A Murphy - Head of Biology
    • Mrs S Ngochi - Head of Chemistry
    • Mr M Ahmed – KS3 coordinator
    • Miss S Nelson- STEM co-ordinator and Teacher of Science
    • Mr B Aitken - Teacher of Science (Year 13 Director)           
    • Mr M Doran - Teacher of Science
    • Mr N Khan - Teacher of Science
    • Dr N McGeady - Teacher of Science
    • Mrs M Davies - Teacher of Science
    • Mrs M Molfeta - Teacher of Science
    • Mrs A Vishnoi – Teacher of Science
    • Mrs D Vyas - Senior Science Technician
    • Ms M Bashova - Technician
    • Ms K Imiolczyk - Technician
    • Miss T Chapaneri - Technician

     

    Aims and Philosophy

    Science is diverse and exciting.  It helps students to explore the world around them and understand so many things that have such relevance to daily life. Students must, therefore, have the best possible support for learning science at school. It is this capacity to which we seek to build and extend upon.

     

    Key Stage 3

    KS3 Science is delivered in two years across Year 7 and 8.  Students are taught in mixed ability groups in year 7. Setting of students takes place early in Year 8, and all students are monitored and tracked to ensure progression and preparation to embark upon GCSE courses in Year 9. The range and content of the course is delivered as units. During the course, units focus primarily on one science discipline (i.e. Chemistry, Biology or Physics). In order to deepen and broaden knowledge, skills and understanding a number of key concepts are addressed through the range and content. 

     

    Key Stage 4

    KS4 Science is delivered from the start of Year 9 to the end of Year 11.  The Science GCSE curriculum changed from September 2015;  Year 9 students will embark on either a combined science GCSE (worth 2 GCSEs) or triple science (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs). 

    All Science GCSEs are held together by an underlying emphasis on ‘How Science works’ in different contexts and as such, students are expected to complete a series of ‘core practicals’ which will be assessed through the terminal exams. 

    There are a number of opportunities provided by this course such as encouraging students to develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and exploring the implications of science for society. The aim is to develop the scientific literacy needed for adult life to enable all students to engage with an increasingly scientific and technological society. The exam board followed at KS4 is AQA. All external science exams are assessed terminally (no coursework). For Subject Content and Assessment for each GCSE Science Specification click on the link below.

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science

     

    Key Stage 5

    A summary of the exam boards for each KS5 Science course:-

    Biology             Edexcel

    Chemistry       OCR

    Physics             AQA

    Details of specifications and a description of each course can be located on the individual department page.

     

    Extra Curricular

    A KS3 Science/STEM club for Year 7 and 8 is offered. A wide variety of trips, visits, presentations by external speakers and competitions related to science are arranged and offered to different groups of students at all key stages. The aim of this is to provide science enrichment opportunities in a number of different contexts.

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    Biology

    Biology is within the Science Faculty

    Staff

    • Mr A Murphy - Head of Department
    • Ms S Nelson – STEM coordinator and teacher
    • Mr B Aitken - Teacher (Year 13 Director)
    • Mrs N Jeffries - Head of Science Faculty
    • Mr M Ahmed – Teacher of Science and KS3 Coordinator
    • Mrs Krystyna Imiolczyk - Biology Technician

    Biology is a fascinating subject giving an insight into the living world around us. The Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) course offers students an opportunity to experience the interrelated nature of Biology, linking a variety of topics and showing how genetics and the environment can work together to influence organisms. 

    Overview of the Biology Course
    The biology course consists of eight topics studied over two years. The topics covered include the Circulatory System, Genes, Ecology and Respiration. Students will be expected to demonstrate and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills they develop during the course. In addition, they will be expected to analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of scientific information, ideas and evidence using their knowledge, understanding and skill.

    Exam Board
    We study the Edexcel Biology A (Salters-Nuffield). This is a two year course culminating in three written exams.

    Summary of Assessment

     

    Paper 1 - The Natural Environment and Species Survival

    100 marks    33.3% weighting   2 hours

    • Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
    • Topic 2: Genes and Health
    • Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
    • Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural resources
    • Topic 5: On the Wild Side
    • Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics

    Paper 2 - Energy Exercise and Co-ordination

    100 marks    33.3% weighting   2 hours

    • Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
    • Topic 2: Genes and Health
    • Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
    • Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural resources
    • Topic 7: Run for your life
    • Topic 8: Gray Matter

    Paper 3 - General & Practical Applications in Biology

    100 marks    33.3% weighting   2 hours

    • All topics across the full A Level specification
    • A section of the paper will include questions based on a pre release article

    In addition to the grade awarded as a result of the written papers there is a practical endorsement that can be added to the final certificate. This is assessed during the course and depends on work carried out in class and documented in a Biology lab book which needs to be purchased at the start of year 12.

    Subject entry requirements

    Students may had studied either double or triple science at GCSE.

    Grades

    GCSE Biology 6 (students must have been entered for all higher tier papers) or Combined Science 6-6 along with Mathematics Grade 6. In addition to these requirements there is an entrance test sat in the summer term. This is based on the combined science biology topics and requires a minimum pass mark of 40%.

    Progression

    Linear A Level Biology can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic science, biomedical and biological sciences, environmental health and food sciences. A Level biology can also help gain direct entry into employment, especially into the scientific and related sectors.

     

    For further information, please contact Mr A Murphy.

     
     
     

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    Chemistry

    Chemistry is within the Science Faculty

    Staff

    • Mrs S Ngochi - Head of Chemistry
    • Dr N McGeady - Teacher of Chemistry
    • Mr M Doran - Teacher of Chemistry
    • Miss T Chapaneri - Chemistry Technician

     

    Key Stage 5

    Chemistry A in A Level Chemistry (H432) – is a content-led approach. A flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written papers and, for A level only, the Practical Endorsement.  The first four modules comprise the AS Level in Chemistry A course and learners studying the A Level continue with the content of modules 5 and 6. The internally assessed Practical Endorsement skills also form part of the full A level.

    Content Overview

    • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

    • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

    • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

    • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

    • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

    • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

    Students will sit three external exam papers at the end of A2, which will assess their knowledge and understanding of all topics covered in Years 12 and 13.

     

    Extra Curricular Activities

    Students are given the opportunity to attend lecture days and workshops throughout the year run by some of the local universities and other organisations. Students have recently attended cosmetic science workshops, lectures and workshops at UCL and in house lectures delivered by visiting speakers.

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    Physics

    Physics is part of the Science Faculty

    Staff

    • Dr T Jackson - Head of Department
    • Mrs M Davies - Teacher of Physics
    • Miss M Molfeta - Teacher of Physics

     

    Key Stage 5

    At Key Stage 5 we deliver the AQA Physics A syllabus leading to GCE Physics A Level at the end of Year 13. Please visit  www.aqa.org.uk/7408 for more information.  A Level Physics has a significant amount of mathematics embedded in it, and so we require students to study A Level Mathematics whilst they study A Level Physics.

    During Year 12 students are assessed internally throughout the year. Students will not sit external (AS) exams at the end of Year 12. Laboratory log books need to be kept for the full 2 years as part of the evidence of their competency at carrying out practical sessions. Students that demonstrate competency during practical sessions have this recorded on their A Level certificate alongside their grade.

    At the end of Year 13 students sit three external examination papers, each worth one third of the marks of the A Level. There is no coursework. Paper 1 mainly covers topics studied in Year 12 and Paper 2 mainly covers topics studied in Year 13. Paper 3 is in two sections; section one focusses on the practical applications of Physics using both long answer and multiple choice questions, and section two covers one of the four option topics. The option topic is chosen each year by the class based on their interests and strengths from: 'Astrophysics', 'Medical Physics', 'Applied Physics', 'Electronics' and 'Turning Points in Physics'.

    Results in Physics at GCSE and A Level have been consistently strong in recent years, both in absolute terms and in respect of 'value added'. We have seen many students progress onto university degree courses in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Medicine and Architecture.

     

    Extra Curricular Enrichment and Wider Support

    Extra-curricular opportunities are sought to extend students’ understanding and application of material. At Key Stage 5 enrichment has been provided by means of the following:

    • Year 13 will visit the Fusion Research Centre in Oxfordshire

    • After school tutorials and revision classes

    • Opportunities for students to attend university physics and engineering department induction days and visits

    • All A level students are encouraged to join the Institute of Physics and to take advantage of the resources and presentations which are available

    • Direct support to students seeking work placements, apprenticeships and university sponsorship and with university applications (including Oxbridge)