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Science Dual/Triple Award

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Most pupils will take the Dual award GCSE in Science.  During Year 10 pupils will take an external examination and a written test based on normal class practical work (ISA).  From the results of these, they will be awarded a single GCSE grade from A* to G.  Examinations can be entered at either Higher or Foundation level.

In the second half of Year 10 pupils will start working towards an Additional GCSE which will be assessed by three traditional written examination papers taken in the summer of Year 11 plus a controlled practical assessment. Based on the results of these examinations, a second, separate GCSE grade (again from A* to G) will be awarded.  As before, entry can be at either Higher or Foundation level.

Completion of both the Core and the Additional sections will be required for study beyond GCSE.  This course provides a good grounding for continuing into A Levels in the sciences or science related subjects.


Separate Sciences in GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

Based on previous performance and pupils’ potential, one group of higher performing pupils will complete extra units in Year 11 that will give them separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  However, it should be noted that the pace of work in these lessons will be greater and additional coursework will be required.  This will provide an excellent grounding for those pupils considering studying A Level Science. All examinations will be sat in the summer of Year 11.

 

 


Science at Key Stage 3 Year 7

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Organisms, behaviour and health. 
Chemical and material behaviour.
Energy, electricity and the solar system.
How science works- practical investigations involving planning, carrying out experiments recording and interpreting results.

 

Assessments:

 

 Each topic will be assessed/levelled by an end of unit test.  These will be done at very roughly three week interval as appropriate.  There will be a formal end of year exam.

 

Key dates:

 

 Year 7 exam during week beginning 6th May

 

Revision resources

 

 Topic summary sheets are available from teaching staff.
 BBC bitesize is an excellent free online resource.
PowerPoint on Frog

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Do your best! Complete all homework tasks and ask your teacher if you need any help in any aspect of the work. Make sure you bring a pen, pencil ruler and calculator to class every lesson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science at Key Stage 3 Year 8

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Food energy and health.  Water, materials and the Earth.  Heat transfer, forces, light and sound.
How science works- practical investigations involving planning, carrying out experiments recording and interpreting results

 

Assessments:

 

 Each topic will be assessed/levelled by an end of unit test.  These will be done at 6 to 8 week intervals as appropriate.  There will be a formal end of year exam.

 

Key dates:

 

Year 8 Exam during week beginning 7th April 2014

 

Revision resources

 

Topic summary sheets are available if required from teaching staff.
 BBC bite size is an excellent free online resource.
Power Points on Frog

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Do your best! Complete all homework tasks and ask your teacher if you need any help in any aspect of the work. Make sure you bring a pen, pencil ruler and calculator to class every lesson. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Science at Key Stage 3 Year 9

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Pupils will commence studies towards their GCSE this year.  Topics covered include; The nervous system, reflexes, hormones, menstrual cycle, homeostasis, Diet and exercise, diseases.  The periodic table, compounds and mixtures, balancing equations, limestone.  Energy and its transfer, efficiency, generating electricity, the National Grid, renewable and non-renewable energy sources

 

Assessments:

 

Students will be assessed in a formal exam at the end of January.  The results of which, along with previous tracking data, will be used to decide on their most suitable route through key stage four.  Pupils will be set at the end of the year into one of three courses.
Triple Science (one group).  This is an excellent course for more able students who are considering doing at least one A level in a science related course.  Only the most able pupils who have demonstrated commitment will be considered.  This course has a bulkier content and a greater coursework demand.  Pupils will be awarded three GCSEs, one each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Each award being independent of the other two. All external exams take place at the end of Year 11.
Dual award. (three groups) This course is suitable for a wide range of pupil abilities and is still an excellent preparation for A level sciences.  As there is less content students will have a better opportunity to access higher grades as there will be more time in class to cover the content in greater detail.  Two GCSEs will be awarded.  Pupils can achieve the full range of grades up to two A*s.
BTEC Applied Science. (Two groups).  This is a very applied course and is suitable for students who prefer to be assessed mostly by short assignments.  It is most suitable for students who find large exams more demanding.

 

Key dates:

 

Exam at end of January
End of KS3 Final Level in the Summer

 

Revision resources

 

A revision pack will be issued by the Science Department that covers all the content required for the exam.
 BBC bite size is an excellent free online resource.

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Do your best! Complete all homework tasks and ask your teacher if you need any help in any aspect of the work. Make sure you bring a pen, pencil ruler and calculator to class every lesson.  Learn the work as you go along.
Don’t forget that the performance throughout the year will be used to decide the most appropriate course at KS4.


If you would like further details about this course please see MR Mainwaring or email: k.mainwaring@endon.staffs.sch.uk


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