Science

Subject Overview

The Science Faculty’s aim is to offer a personalised curriculum that meets the individual needs of all our pupils. We offer Separate Science and Additional Science at GCSE as well as BTEC Firsts in Applied Science.

Science

Key Stage 3

Pupils in year 7 and 8 follow a combined Science approach, studying a wide variety of topics. The Science department pride themselves in the delivery of exciting and inspiring lessons, incorporating as much practical and skills based work as possible.

Year 7: The topics that year 7 study are:Particles, Cells, Using Energy, Mixtures, Movement, Energy Transfers, Acids, Forces, Reproduction, Reactions, Waves and Sound, Space Differences and Atmosphere.

Year 8: The topics that year 8 study are: The Atom, Speed, Food and Digestion, Further Reactions, Life Choices, Pressure, Light, Photosynthesis, Periodic Table, Electricity, Respiration, Raw Materials, Variation, Changing Earth and Magnetism.

Key Stage 4

Course: GCSE Core Science, Additional Science, Separate Sciences in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Trilogy Science for students in year 9 (2015 onwards).

Awarding body: AQA

Course outline/content:

GCSE Core Science and Additional Science (2 GCSE’s)

Internal Assessment – 25% External Assessment – 75%

This course has now been replaced by the Trilogy course. Only students in years 10 and 11 now follow the Core and Additional course.

Students complete a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics to gain 2 GCSE’s by the end of Year 11. The Science covered in the GCSE course is relevant to everyday life – we cover topics as diverse as cloning, mobile phones and climate change.

GCSE Science is an ideal route to follow if you are likely to choose A Level Sciences in College or 6th Form.

GCSE Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

(3 GCSE’s )

Internal Assessment – 25% External Assesment – 75%

This course has now been replaced by the new Chemistry, Biology and Physics courses. Only students in years 10 and 11 now follow this older course.

This course is designed to cater for students who have a real passion for science, or who have a strong desire to pursue a career or course that requires a strong science background and would like a head-start when it comes to AS level sciences. The students have separate lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with specialist teachers.

Course: GCSE Core Science, Additional Science, Separate Sciences in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Trilogy Science for students in year 9 (2015 onwards).

Awarding body: AQA

Course outline/content:

GCSE Trilogy Science (2 GCSE’s) External Assessment – 100%

Trilogy Science students will attain 1 GCSE in Unit 1 Science. They will then progress to study Unit 2 Science in years 10 and 11 and will obtain a further GCSE. They will leave The Heath with a total of 2 Science GCSE’s

GCSE Science is an ideal route to follow if you are likely to choose A Level Sciences in College or 6th Form.

GCSE Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

(3 GCSE’s ) External Assessment – 100%

This course is designed to cater for students who have a real passion for science, or who have a strong desire to pursue a career or course that requires a strong science background and would like a head-start when it comes to AS level sciences. The students have separate lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with specialist teachers.

Course: A Level  Chemistry

Awarding body: AQA

Course outline/content:

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge.

There are six units in the full A-level – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. The remaining two units are internal assessments of investigative and practical skills.

Students will study topics including ‘Foundation Chemistry’, ‘Chemistry in Action’, ‘Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry’, ‘Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry’.  A-level Chemistry provides the route on to many degree courses and wide range of careers.

 

Course: A Level  Biology

Awarding body: AQA

Course outline/content:

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. There are a total of six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by written exam. Two units assess investigative and practical skills which can be marked by schools, colleges or by AQA.

A-level Biology builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent. Students who study A-level Biology may go on to a Biology-related degree course.

 

Course: A Level  Physics

Awarding body: AQA

Course outline/content:

A-level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and to study optional topics that particularly interest them – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics.

There are six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. There are two units assessing investigative and practical skills. A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Physics GCSE and is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent.

 

 Course: BTEC level 3 in Applied Science

 Awarding body: Pearson

Course outline/content:

A two year vocationally based course broadly equivalent to one A-Level. 100% coursework assessed.

Grading and equivalent UCAS points:

Distinction* – 140, Distinction – 120, Merit – 80, Pass – 40.

In Year 1 (AS level) there are three mandatory units:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Practical Techniques

In Year 2 (A Level) there is the option to specialize in one of six areas:

  • Applied Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Medical Science
  • Forensic Science

Enrichment

As a STEM centre of excellence The Heath prides itself in the wide range of opportunities available for pupil’s to enrich their Science experience. Every year pupils have a day dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering). Pupils may spend this day out and about visiting STEM based attractions in the North West or completing tasks and projects in school that build and develop STEM skills.

Further to the dedicated STEM days, pupils have the opportunity to attend one of our Science clubs. The year 7 and 8 club is always popular, giving pupils the chance to try experiments and work together on projects beyond normal lessons. Years 9, 10 and 11 may attend one of the many revision classes that are scheduled throughout the year and there is always the opportunity to catch up with any work or just get some help at one of the many coursework catch up sessions that are organised for Key Stage 4 pupils.