|Key Stage 4 Courses||Key Stage 5 Courses|
|AQA GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy||AQA A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics|
|AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics – separate GCSE courses||WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science|
Why do we study Science?
Science is a set of ideas about the material world. At Barnhill students engage in all of the parts of what good science looks like at this level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the curriculum will support our students in building a deep understanding of science. This will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms, both mathematically and visually through models. Our courses also encourage the development of knowledge and understanding in science through opportunities for working scientifically. Working scientifically is the sum of all the activities that scientists do.
The Science Department Team
The Science Programme of Study
Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8
parents to access called Kerboodle. Kerboodle contains a bank of resources and assessments tailored to the latest KS3 curriculum - supporting students through to the new GCSE success. New resources are added and updated intermittently to provide further support for the development of skills for the new GCSEs (9-1).
Year 7 are currently using the updated activate 1, whilst the year 8 are using the old activate, as we are transitioning to the new KS3 activate resources. This does not hinder the students learning as the same topics are covered in both activate.
Students also have access to an online homework resource called Educake, where homework is set regularly and where they can set themselves quizzes to aid with revision.
Students have 6 lessons of science over a fortnight with topics covering all the 3 disciplines of science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and working scientifically.
A total of 11 units are covered in Year 7 and 10 units in Year 8. Student assessment takes place after each unit and an end of term assessment based on all the topics covered during that half term.
Working Scientifically: Planning Investigations; Collecting, Analysing and Evaluating Data. Biology: Organisms, Ecosystem and Genes Chemistry: Matter, Acids and Alkalis, and Earth Physics: Forces, Electromagnets, Energy and Waves.
Biology: Health and lifestyle, Adaptation and Inheritance, Ecosystem processes
Chemistry: The Periodic Table, Separation Techniques, The Earth, Metals and Acids
Physics: Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, Motion and Pressur
Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11
In Years 9, 10 and 11 most students follow the new Trilogy GCSE course developed by AQA. It is similar to the previous core and additional science GCSEs in that it is a double award: providing two GCSEs with subject content and practical work that also appears in the separate science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) GCSEs, giving students the best possible preparation for A Level Science. Practical, hands on science is as fundamental to learning at GCSE as it was in Key Stage 3 so students must complete a series of required practicals, before sitting six exam papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. The new style exams have fewer words and fewer contexts that have previously confused students. The questions start simply and increase in difficulty to build the students’ confidence and maximize their performance. This is a linear qualification so students will sit all their exams at the end of the course covering the following topics:
- Cell biology
- Infection and response
- Homeostasis and response
- Inheritance, variation and evolution
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
- Quantitative chemistry
- Chemical changes
- Energy changes
- The rate and extent of chemical change
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical analysis
- Chemistry of the atmosphere
- Using resources
- Particle model of matter
- Atomic structure
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
Separate Sciences have a very similar structure but the assessment differs in that the Biology, Chemistry and Physics content is assessed separately, resulting in three independent GCSEs, one in each of the science specialisms. A select group follow this course after being identified as having a particular aptitude for science and an exceptional work ethic.
Both of these courses equip students with skills and knowledge transferable to both educational and career settings, and provides a worthwhile course for students of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning.
Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13
A LEVEL BIOLOGY
Biology A Level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that is not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you are bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.
Possible Degree Options
According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A Level in Biology are: Biology; Psychology; Sport and Exercise Science; Medicine; Anatomy; Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology; and Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry.
Possible Career Options
Studying A Level Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including: doctor; clinical molecular geneticist; nature conservation officer; pharmacologist; research scientist; vet; secondary school teacher; marine biologist; and dentist.
Biology is a practical subject and all students will have the opportunity to gain practical endorsement for their A Level. Practical skills will be assessed through 12 identified practical activities. The assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students’ certificates as either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. To achieve a pass, students must demonstrate that they are competent in all of the practical skills listed in the subject content requirements for chemistry. Students must show practical competency by completing a number of core practicals throughout the course.
- Biological molecules
- Organisms exchange substances with theirenvironment
- Genetic information, variation and relationships betweenorganisms
- Energy transfers in and between organisms (A Levelonly)
- Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A Levelonly)
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A Levelonly)
- The control of gene expression (A Levelonly)
Assessments objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS and A Level Biology specifications and exam boards. The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:
- AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniquesand procedures
- AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures – in a theoretical context; in a practical context; when handling qualitative data; when handling quantitative data
- AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluation scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues to make judgements and reach conclusions and define and refine practical design andprocedures.
10% of the overall assessment of AS Biology will contain mathematical skills equivalent to GCSE grade 7 or above. At least 15% of the overall assessment of AS Biology will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.
10% of the overall assessment of A Level Biology will contain mathematical skills equivalent to GCSE grade 7 or above. At least 15% of the overall assessment of A Level Biology will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.
Students are required to have achieved at least 2 Science GCSEs at a grade 6 or above. Students should also have achieved a grade 5 in Mathematics and a grade 5 in English.
A LEVEL CHEMISTRY
A GCE in Chemistry allows you to develop a range of generic skills requested by both employers and universities. For instance, a successful GCE level chemist will be an effective problem-solver and be able to communicate efficiently both orally and with the written word. Handling data will be a key part of your work, allowing you to demonstrate information retrieval skills as well as use of numeracy and ICT. You will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues. As Chemistry is a subject in which much learning stems from experimental work it is likely that you will need to work effectively as part of a group, developing team participation and leadership skills. As you become more skilled you will take responsibility for selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, recording your observations and findings accurately and precisely as well as critically analysing and evaluating the methodology, results and impact of your own and others' experimental and investigative activities.
Methods of Assessment
A Level – 2 year linear course, with all units examined at the end of Year 13
Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics.
Science Practical Endorsement (A Level only)
This qualification will give students opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. These skills must be assessed through 12 identified practical activities. The assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students’ certificates as either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. To achieve a pass, students must demonstrate that they are competent in all of the practical skills listed in the subject content requirements for Chemistry. Students must show practical competency by completing a number of core practicals throughout the course.
AS LEVEL CHEMISTRY
Key features of study
- Practical work forms an important part of the course, students generally working inpairs
- Textbook theorywork
- Mathematical calculations associated with PhysicalChemistry
- Devising Organic Chemistry syntheticroutes
- Learning about the elements, their physical and chemicalproperties
AS or A Level Chemistry is suitable if you:
- Want to gain essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to eachother
- Have a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientificmethods
- Have competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solvingskills
- Have interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with thesubject
- Want an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientificissues
Chemistry is a useful subject to consider if you are interested in a career or degree course in many areas of science and essential for careers in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.
The skills associated with good chemistry graduates are also sought after by financial institutions and various other areas of commerce and industry.
A LEVEL PHYSICS
Syllabus: AQA Physics 7408 (Linear)
Entry requirements: Students are required to have achieved at least 2 Science GCSEs at a grade 6 or above. Students should also have achieved a grade 7 in Mathematics and a grade 5 in English.
Is Physics suitable for me?
Physics is best studied by those who enjoy both experimenting - investigating, understanding and predicting events in the material world - and theorising - precise logical reasoning and problem-solving of an abstract kind, similar to that met in mathematics. The subject demands a high level of mathematical and written communication skills.
What will this course teach me?
This course will give you the knowledge and understanding to make decisions about the way Physics affects your everyday life and it will provide the skills to allow you to study further into the subject. You will be expected to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures; apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures in a theoretical and practical context as well as interpreting both qualitative and quantitative data; analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including making judgements, reaching conclusions and developing and refining practical design and procedures.
What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills that you achieved in GCSE Core Science, Additional Science and Physics. In Physics you will need to be able to communicate effectively, be able to carry out research, work independently and critically think about problems. At least 40% of the assessment will relate to mathematical skills within the Physics course and another 15% will assess knowledge, skills and understanding of the practical work.
What will I learn?
A Level Physics gives you the opportunity to study a core of key concepts in greater detail, some of which have been met at GCSE level. Over the course, a minimum of 12 core practicals will be carried out to develop and test practical competency for which you will keep a lab book or folder.
The specific topics are:
Measurement and their errors
Particles and radiation
Mechanics and materials
Further mechanics and thermal physics
Fields and their consequences
Turning points in physics
A Level Physics Assessment
Six hours of terminal written papers which will be roughly divided into the following units:
Paper 1 – Measurements, Particles, Waves, Mechanics and Electricity (~35%)
Paper 2 – Thermal Physics, Fields and Nuclear Physics (~35%)
Paper 3 – Practical Skills and Data Analysis and Turning Points in Physics (~30%)
All papers will consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short open-response, extended open-response, calculations, data analysis, practical techniques and synoptic style questions. A separate assessment of ‘practical competency’ assesses the ability of students in practical skills at A-Level over a series of 12 core practicals. The Practical Grade will be reported as ‘Pass’ or ‘Not Reported’ but does not affect the overall A Level grade awarded.
AS Level Physics Assessment
Three hours of terminal written papers which will be roughly divided into the following units:
Paper 1 – Units 1-5 (50%)
Paper 2 – Units 1-5 and questions on practical skills and data analysis (50%)
All papers will consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short open-response, extended open-response, calculations, data analysis, practical techniques and synoptic style questions.
LEVEL 3 MEDICAL SCIENCE (WJEC)
This qualification has been developed in conjunction with Universities and Clinical Pathology laboratories. They provide an engaging and meaningful context led approach to the development of scientific knowledge and skills, and enable learners to develop the tools necessary to understand, assess and suggest solutions to real-world medical problems and challenges. The qualifications place significant stress on the development of good practical skills necessary to monitor health and disease.
Medical Science is the science of dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of diseases. The Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science is for learners who are interested in careers related to healthcare and medical research. Medical scientists are at the forefront of healthcare services as they are vital in the diagnosis of disease, determining the effectiveness of treatments and searching for new cures.
The main purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills in key scientific principles to support progress to higher education or employment in areas of Medical Science, such as job roles in physiological sciences or clinical laboratory services. The qualification covers the key topic areas of health, physiology and disease, as well as providing the opportunity to study the areas of physiological measurement and medical research. In order to achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science learners are required to complete 3 units:
- Human health anddisease
- Physiological measurementtechniques
- Medical Science researchmethods
Each unit has a clear medical science purpose which focuses the learning of scientific knowledge, understanding and skills into a meaningful context.
This qualification equips learners with scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as practical skills that would support progression to a range of job roles within health care. Job roles such as those within life sciences,
i.e. carrying out a range of laboratory and scientific tests, would be supported by this qualification. Alternatively there would also be opportunities to progress to job roles within the physiological sciences, working directly with patients, measuring and evaluating particular organs and systems, such as scientists working in neurophysiology recording the electrical activity in the brain.
A significant proportion of career opportunities in this sector are at degree level. When supported by other appropriate qualifications, the Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science will enable progression to higher education to a range of Applied Science programmes, such as biomedical science, life sciences, and physiology.
The Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science is one of two qualifications offered by WJEC in this subject area. The Level 3 Certificate is equivalent in size to 50% of an A Level. WJEC also offers a Diploma in Medical Science which is equivalent to an A Level.
Studying the Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science allows time in the curriculum for other qualifications to be studied alongside it - these would typically be A Levels such as Psychology or Chemistry or another Applied General qualification in an area such as Health and Social Care or Environmental Science.
The Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science is intended to be an Applied General qualification.
The Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science is supported by a number of Higher Education Institutions including:
- Bangor University
- Bristol University of the West of England
- Cardiff MetropolitanUniversity
- Swansea University
- University ofChester
These universities recognise this qualification for entry to a specified degree programme. Copies of the letters of support can be found on the qualification page of the WJEC and WJEC Eduqas websites.
|Unit Title||Assessment Type||Ofqual Unit Reference|
|Key concepts in science||Written exam||J/507/6497|
|Applied experimental techniques||Portfolio||L/507/6498|
|Science in the modern world||Written exam with pre-release material||R/507/6499|
Students are required to have achieved at least 2 Science GCSEs at a grade 5 or above. Students should also have achieved a grade 5 in Mathematics and a grade 5 in English.
Important textbooks, resources and websites we use at each Key Stage
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7 and 8 are given FREE access to the two core textbooks and an extensive library of resources on kerboodle.com
Key Stage 4
GCSE Science textbooks
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are given FREE access to all three recommended books (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and an extensive library of resources on kerboodle.com
GCSE BIOLOGY Third Edition. Author: Ann Fullick. Published by Oxford University Press GCSE CHEMISTRY Third Edition. Author: Lawrie Ryan. Published by Oxford University Press GCSE PHYSICS Third Edition. Author: Jim Breithaupt. Published by Oxford University Press
GCSE Science Websites
Key Stage 5
A Level Biology
ABPI The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
BUBL LINK - Catalogue of Internet Resources
Institute of Biology
- http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Policyandguidance/Healthandsocialcaretopics/Coron aryheartdisease/index.htm
Ethics in Biology
Genetic Counselling – Ethical Issues
- http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=genetic+counselling+%2B+ethical+issue s&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&oi=scholar
Impact of Human Activities on Biodiversity
Association for the study of animal behaviour
National Space Centre www.spacecentre.co.uk Education Officer - 0116 258 2113 Information on physiology in space
A Level Chemistry
The A-Level textbook, which you are advised to purchase in advance of starting Chemistry in September, is AQA CHEMISTRY second edition, by Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw. Published by Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0- 19-835182-5. You will start Year 1 content (Chapter 1-16) in September and Year 2 content (Chapter 17-33) the following year.
Students have login access to the above book and an extensive library of resources for FREE on kerboodle.com
Calculations in AS/A-Level Chemistry, Authors: J. Clark Published by: Longman
Chemistry A-Level Websites BBC – Chemistry 16+ chemguide
Knockhardy (PowerPoints) - http://www.knockhardy.org.uk/ppoints.htm RSC ChemNet
A Level Physics
The A-Level textbook, which you are advised to purchase in advance of starting Physics in September, is AQA PHYSICS second edition, by Jim Breithaupt. Published by Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-835187-0. You will start Year 1 content (sessions 1 to 5) in September and Year 2 content (sessions 6-8 plus an option in turning points in Physics) the following year.
Calculations for A-Level Physics, fourth edition, Authors: T.L Lowe and J.F. Rounce Published by: Nelson Thornes
There are some excellent YouTube videos for Physics example : http://physics.andreadecapoa.net/
Physics A-Level Websites
These are general websites, but extremely useful for resources, for teaching and learning! Remember to use some resources at the e-learning website at www.e-teach.org/physics
This website provides you with valuable additional links and resources.
Ranelagh Physics: Absolutely brilliant resources for AQA A-Level Physics. Extremely useful for both teachers and students http://ranelaghalevelphysics.wikispaces.com
A-Level Physics Notes: Useful notes on a wide range of Physics topics www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Category:A_Level_Physics_Revision_Notes
AQA Physics A Noticeboard: Download past papers and mark schemes and also get all resources linked to the 12 required practicals http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/science/physics_a_noticeboard.php
A2 and AS Physics Links: A database of links to most topics at A-Level http://www.ktaggart.co.uk/physics
Exam Timetable: Find out when your exams will be. Set a reminder! http://www.modernisationonline.org.uk/comptimetable/
S-Cool: Great revision website. Interactive activities. http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/physics
TopMarks: Another database of physics resources http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=23&AgeGroup=6
Antonine Physics AS: Useful note and online tests as you go through the notes. Good revision website http://www.antonine-education.co.uk/Physics%20A%20level/welcome_to_as_physics.htm
SchoolPhysics: Excellent animations and teaching and revision resources http://www.schoolphysics.co.uk
PhysicsNet: Useful revision /consolidation resources http://physicsnet.co.uk/a-level-physics-as-a2/
A-Level Physics Tutor: Useful website, although layout/presentation needs improvement. http://www.a-levelphysicstutor.com
WikiBooks A-level Physics (AQA): Wiki website dedicated to AQA A-Level Physics
The Physics Classroom: Lots of multimedia resources and notes/revision materials http://www.physicsclassroom.com/
Higher Physics: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/bitesize/higher/physics/
SamLearning: Interactive revision materials. You need to obtain login information from school http://www.samlearning.com/
Animated Physics: http://www.animatedscience.co.uk/?cat=21
Java Applets (Animations): Brilliant interactive resources for a wide range of topics http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/
Applied Science students will be able to take advantage of FREE access to all three recommended books (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and an extensive library of resources on kerboodle.com. These will be beneficial when studying key concepts in science to A-Level standard.
Further use internet resources are also regularly given to students when appropriate during their programme of study
Homework in Science
Students will be set 1 hour of homework each week.
Homework will be set on Educake.
More information for KS3 students would be given by their respective teachers and RBE (KS3 coordinator).
During the first term we will be trialling the following –
Year 9 – one hour of homework set on Educake (KS3 content to recap) for first few weeks then homework booklet as year 10 and 11.
Year 10 and Year 11 – A one hour homework booklet will be set each week. Subject will rotate each week between biology, chemistry and physics. Content will focus on previous year’s topics to allow for interleaving.
Teachers are encouraged to give short additional tasks to consolidate classwork or introduce a new topic.
A homework booklet will be set each week.
Head of subjects (AMU, IPO, SNO and LMA) will give more information to respective teachers.
There is a whole week lunchtime homework club organised by DGA (Room- G88) and ASH (Room –G90) in science. Students from All year groups are invited.
Enrichment Opportunities in Science
There is a stem club being organised by SBB and DGA in Science afterschool. This is opened to all students but need to see respective teachers for Projects that are available.
Trips to Museums( KS3) ; Engineering projects KS4/5; Medical Mavericks KS5, Big Bang Fair and British Science week are just a few examples of enrichment opportunities in Science.
Gifted and More Able Students in the Science Department
Science masterclasses run for the more able students, alongside specific enrichment opportunities. A programme of intervention for the gifted and more able also runs. Activities have included aerospace and medicine workshops, university visits and presentations, residential university visits and competitions.