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GCSE Science

GCSE Science

Head of Department: Ms M Towns
Email: mtowns@stedmundscollege.org
GCSE Specification: AQA Triple Science & AQA Combined Science: Trilogy (9-1)

 

The main aim of Science is to ignite in the pupils a passion to find out about the world they live in, to challenge and be challenged by the complexity of what makes up all things in the Universe.
The Science department encompasses the three separate disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. It is housed in a block of nine laboratories which have recently undergone major refurbishment and include dedicated preparation and support facilities. There are two additional sixth form conference rooms.  There is an enthusiastic team of twelve specialist teachers supported by three technicians. Science is taught as a combined discipline in Elements (Year 7) and Rudiments (Year 8), but as separate subjects by specialist teachers from Grammar (Year 9) onwards.

We follow the AQA specification from Grammar (Year 9). We offer pupils the chance to study Combined Science (Trilogy) worth two GCSE’s or three separate sciences at GCSE: Biology, Chemistry and Physics worth three GCSE’s.

Standards in the department are high, with all pupils encouraged to achieve of their best in Science no matter what their ability. Academic results are excellent and there are numerous opportunities to take part in co-curricular Science.

The sciences are taught as discrete subjects by subject specialist staff in dedicated laboratories. The dedicated staff aim to :

  • Develop curiosity and enthusiasm for Science in pupils
  • Develop a critical approach to solving problems
  • Help pupils apply skills, knowledge and understanding of Working Scientifically
  • Provide a base for further study in Science.

 

Course outline

All pupils start and complete the AQA course over three years. All Grammar (Year 9) pupils will be taught the same content and will follow the Combined Science: Trilogy route. In the Syntax year (Year 10) we will decide if they should continue with the Combined Science: Trilogy route, or complete the extra material needed to achieve a separate GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science).

 

Course content

Biology Chemistry Physics
Cells and organisation

Disease and bioenergetics

Biological responses

Genetics and reproduction

Ecology

Atoms, bonding, and moles

Chemical reactions and energy changes

Rates, equilibrium, and organic chemistry

Analysis and the Earth’s resources

Energy and energy resources

Particles at work

Forces in action

Waves, electromagnetism, and space

Course assessment

Combined Science: Trilogy:

  • Biology Paper 1 (75 minutes) + Paper 2 (75 minutes)
  • Chemistry Paper 1 (75 minutes) + Paper 2 (75 minutes)
  • Physics Paper 1 (75 minutes) + Paper 2 (75 minutes)

Triple Science:

  • Biology Paper 1 (105 minutes) + Paper 2 (105 minutes)
  • Chemistry Paper 1 (105 minutes) + Paper 2 (105 minutes)
  • Physics Paper 1 (105 minutes) + Paper 2 (105 minutes)

There is no controlled assessment or coursework element with AQA Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science: Trilogy.

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