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Netherthorpe School

Netherthorpe
School

Science

Head of Department – Mrs Arnold

KS3

Year 7

Term 1

  • Working Scientifically
  • Cells
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Forces
  • Structure and function of body systems

Term 2

  • Elements atoms and compounds
  • Sound
  • Reproduction.
  • Reactions

Term 3

  • Light
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Space

Year 8

Term 1

  • Health and Lifestyle
  • The Periodic Table
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Ecosystem Process

Term 2

  • Separation Techniques
  • Energy
  • Adaptation and inheritance

Term 3

  • Metals and Acids
  • Motion and Pressure
  • The Earth

In science we use Oxford university press text books and generally follow the order of content found in these books. We also subscribe to their online digital book and resources which are available to the students on the website below. Each student has a personal login provided by their teacher.

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Year 9

In science students study GCSE Combined Science (AQA Trilogy), they are given the option to convert to the GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics course when they make their option choices.

Subject:

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (AQA)

KS4

GCSE Combined science: Trilogy (AQA)

Subject:

GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. (AQA)

Link to Exam board subject website:

Link to past papers:

Additional information of use to students/parents during study

All Y9 students study GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) material, which is a linear course and will be formally assessed at the end of year 11. This qualification will be worth 2 GCSE’s (graded on a 17-point scale: 1–1 to 9–9 – where 9–9 is the best grade).

Students who wish to opt for extra science can now do so as part of the option process.  This will give them a third GCSE, completing all the modules covered by the GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy course plus those extra needed to complete the GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics syllabus. Each qualification will be worth 1 GCSE (graded on a 9 -point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade).

This will be certified as GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.

In Science we use Oxford University Press text books and generally follow the order of content found in these books. We also subscribe to their online digital book and resources which are available to the students on the website below.

Useful websites:

KS5 - Biology

A-Level Biology

Additional information of use to students/parents during study

The aims of the A Level Biology course are to develop:

  • Interest and enthusiasm for Biology including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology.
  • Independent learning
  • Practical and Analytical skills
  • An understanding of the contributions science makes to society.
  • An essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how different areas relate to each other.

By the end of the course students will have an advanced understanding of the core concepts of A-level Biology including biological molecules, cells, exchange surfaces, genetics and the control of gene expression, energy transfer in and between organisms and how organisms respond to changes in their environment.

As this is a 2 year course, only the exams taken in Year 13 contribute to their A level grade.  

The 2 year course is assessed at the end of Year 13 as follows:

In addition the course has assessed practical work throughout the year to accredit pupils for practical work. This is a desired requirement for university application.

WHAT SORT OF WORK WILL I BE EXPECTED TO DO?

The course will include extensive practical work and will be centred on a flexible learning approach, which will allow students to progress at their own pace. Students will be expected to work independently and meet all homework and course deadlines.

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

The course leads to a greater understanding of Biology. For many students it will lead into further education in areas such as biological sciences and medicine

KS5 - Chemistry

A-Level Chemistry

Additional information of use to students/parents during study

The aims of the A Level Chemistry course are to develop:

  • Interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry including developing an interest in further study and careers in Chemistry.
  • Independent learning
  • Practical and Analytical skills
  • An understanding of the contributions science makes to society and the economy
  • An essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how different areas relate to each other.

By the end of the course students will have an advanced understanding of the core concepts of A-level Chemistry including atomic structure, bonding, periodicity and organic chemistry. As this is a 2 year course, only the exams taken in Year 13 contribute to their A level grade.  

The 2 year course is assessed at the end of Year 13 as follows:

In addition the course has assessed practical work throughout the year to accredit pupils for practical work. This is a desired requirement for university application.

WHAT SORT OF WORK WILL I BE EXPECTED TO DO?

The course will include extensive practical work and will be centred on a flexible learning approach, which will allow students to progress at their own pace. Students will be expected to work independently and meet all homework and course deadlines.

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

The course leads to a greater understanding of Chemistry. For many students it will lead into further education in areas such as Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and Engineering.  Career prospects are excellent in such fields.

KS5 - Physics

A-Level Physics

Additional information of use to students/parents during study

The aims of the A Level Physics course are to develop:

  • Interest and enthusiasm for Physics including developing an interest in further study and careers in Physics;
  • Independent learning;
  • Practical and Analytical skills;
  • An understanding of the contributions science makes to society and the economy;
  • An essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Physics and how different areas relate to each other.

By the end of the course students will have an advanced understanding of the core concepts of A-level Physics including: particles, radiation and nuclear physics; waves and optics; mechanics, materials and thermal physics and electricity and fields.

As this is a 2 year course, only the exams taken in Year 13 contribute to their A level grade. At the end of Year 13 the course is assessed by three exams all of which are two hours long.

In addition, throughout the year assessed practical work is carried out to accredit pupils for the practical element of the course. This is a desired requirement for university application.

Work expectations

The course will include extensive practical work and will be centred on a flexible learning approach, which will allow students to progress at their own pace. Students will be expected to work independently and meet all homework and course deadlines.

The future?

The course leads to a greater understanding of Physics. For many students it will lead into further education in areas such as Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and Medicine. Career prospects are excellent in these fields.

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