Science

Course Overview
All students at HRS study Science from Year 7 through to Year 11. Key concepts and skills are introduced in the earlier years and developed throughout to support understanding and to allow students to reach their full potential at GCSE. A range of Key Stage 5 courses are also offered to students wishing to continue into the Sixth Form.

Why study Science?
We live in an increasingly scientific world, from detecting life on other planets to finding cures for diseases. Science is increasingly relevant in modern day society and it is important for our students to understand the impact it has on their lives.

As a core subject, Science is recognised by the Government and employers alike to be very important. It encourages a disciplined and logical approach to problem solving as well as skills such as accuracy in observation and measurement, effective communication, data analysis and literature searches.

This course will enable students to explore science in greater depth, give them a deeper understanding and equip them with skills that will take them forward in the wider world. Students will study the three areas of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course is fast paced, exciting and full of modern scientific issues.

KS3 Course of Study
In KS3 all students follow the AQA Big Ideas syllabus to equip students for success at GCSE. The course has an emphasis on investigative and practical skills and aims to engage students through a mixture of experimentation, paired and group activities, regular feedback on students’ progress and electronic and printed resources to support learning.

KS4 Course of Study
The Key Stage 4 curriculum starts with our Year 9 cohort. At GCSE students can study the AQA Combined Trilogy Science course (with two grades awarded at the end of Year 11) or the AQA Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (with 3 grades awarded at the end of Year 11). Both options enable students to progress to post-16 studies in Science.

Biology   http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

  • 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

Physics   http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessment
All students will complete the course at the end of Year 11 with a series of final exams.

Combined Science students will sit two exam papers for each Science at either a Higher or Foundation level. Each examination will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long and will be equally weighted (16.7% each).

Triple Science students will also sit six exam papers. For each separate science, both examinations will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long and will be equally weighted (50% each).

Exam papers will consist of multiple choice, structured, closed and open response questions.

Description of Activities
There is no coursework or controlled assessment. Students will be completing 21 (24 for Triple science) required practicals and will be tested on their understanding of practical skills and techniques in the final examination.

Students can obtain lab books from the department to create a log of all practical work. They can also buy CGP revision guides and workbooks from the department.

Future Careers
Science is a required qualification for entry into a number of professions including: Engineering, Sports Science, Medicine (human and animal), any laboratory work and many more.

KS5 Course of Study
In Sixth Form we offer A-level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. As with the GCSE course, these are all examined at the end of two years and will include a series of required practicals which will be used to assess skills and competency in the laboratory.

We also offer a Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science for students suited to more coursework based studies with an element of written and practical examination over two years.  Our Science students are successful, often going on to study Science, Medicine or Engineering based University courses.

Staff Names Staff  Titles
Ms H Greaves-Park Head of Science/Head of Chemistry
Mr P Ingram Joint Second in Science
Miss H Goodwin Joint Second in Science
Mr S McLauchlan Science / Student Welfare Team Manager / Senior Leader
Mr B Routledge Science
Mrs K Pettit Science / Head of KS3
Mrs P Venner Science
Mr S Chapman Science
Mr M Ingall Science
Mr T Millard Science / Head of Applied Science
Mr S Lill Science

 

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