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Year 10

 

Written Exams are looming:

 

Triple Physics P3

Thurs 23rd May am

Core Mixed Paper Unit 6

Thurs 13th June am.

         Summer 2013

 

Come along to revision sessions.

EXAM DATES

 

 

·   Saturday 4th May (Triple Physics P3a – Medical Applications.)   

·   Saturday11th May (Core Biology – Adaptation, Energy, Waste, Genetic Variation and Evolution.)   

·   Saturday 18th May am (Core Chemistry – Oil products, Plant Oils and the Earth’s Atmosphere.)

·   Saturday 18th May pm (Triple Physics 3b – Making things work and keeping things moving.)

·   Saturday 8th June (Core Physics – Electrical Generation and Waves. )

 

Sessions run from 9.00 am until 12.30pm. (Except the P3b session on Sat 18th May which will run from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.

Collect a permission letter from Mrs Hale (Head of Science). When you return your slip you will be allocated room.

 
SCIENCE GCSE OVERVIEW

Core Science A (Single Award)

 

Qualification:

1 GCSE – Core Science [A* - G]

 

Is this course for me?

Students who might find 2 GCSEs in Core and Additional Science very demanding will follow Core Science only over the two years to gain a Single Award.  As you spend fewer periods on Science you have the opportunity to build upon your work from Year 9 Enrichment and gain a qualification for a Student Project.  You will spend four periods a week on Science.  

 

What does the course involve?

Science GCSE involves the study of all three sciences and you will be encouraged to develop an informed interest in Science and its impact on everyday life.

Through practical work you will learn about scientific method and the need to work safely.

 

Core Subjects and how you are assessed

Written paper 1 – 90 minutes (35%). - Keeping healthy, Nerves and hormones, The use and abuse of drugs, The fundamentals of chemistry, Limestone and building materials, Metals and their uses, Crude oil and fuels, Energy transfer, Energy and efficiency, and Usefulness of electrical appliances.

 

Written paper 2 – 90 minutes (40%) - Interdependence and adaptation, Energy and biomass in food chains, Waste materials from plants and animals, Genetic variation, Evolution, Other useful materials from crude oil, Plant oils and their uses, Changes in the earth and its atmosphere, Electricity generation, and The use of waves.

 

Both written papers contain closed and structured questions as well as one longer response question. Paper 1 will normally sat in June of year 10 and Paper 2 in June of year 11.

 

Controlled Assessment ISA (25%) – This assessment is carried out in class. It involves a planning section, practical investigation, graph and written paper.

 

What courses can this lead to in Post-16?

Students taking Single Award Science would not normally progress onto AS level courses in a Science subject, but would progress to Level 2 courses. 


Core A & Additional Science (Double Award)

 

Qualification:

2 GCSEs - Core Science [A* - G]       

                - Additional Science [A* - G]

 

Is this course for me?

Most students will complete the Core Science modular course in year 10 to gain their first GCSE, and then go on to study Additional Science in year 11. It is a medium demand course that will still allow you to do academic science courses at post 16 if you wish. You will study science for 5 periods a week.

 

What does the course involve?

Both Core and Additional Science GCSEs involve the study of all three sciences and you will be encouraged to develop an informed interest in Science and its impact on everyday life.

Through practical work you will learn about scientific method and the need to work safely.

 

Core science is studied in year 10 and you will sit written papers at the end of year 10. More able students will sit 3 H tier papers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Less able students will sit two F tier mixed science papers. In all cases the same topics are covered but are arranged differently in the examinations. Additional science is studied in year 11 and will follow the same format as year 10 in terms of examination papers.

 

Core Subjects Covered

 

Written paper 1 – 90 minutes (35%). - Keeping healthy, Nerves and hormones, The use and abuse of drugs, The fundamentals of chemistry, Limestone and building materials, Metals and their uses, Crude oil and fuels, Energy transfer, Energy and efficiency, and Usefulness of electrical appliances.

 

Written paper 2 – 90 minutes (40%) - Interdependence and adaptation, Energy and biomass in food chains, Waste materials from plants and animals, Genetic variation, Evolution, Other useful materials from crude oil, Plant oils and their uses, Changes in the earth and its atmosphere, Electricity generation, and The use of waves.

 

All written papers contain structured questions as well as more challenging longer response questions.

 

 Additional Subjects covered

 

Written paper 1 – 90 minutes (35%). – Cells and cell transport, Tissues, organs and systems, Photosynthesis, Organisms and their environment, Structure and bonding, How structure influences properties, Atomic structure and analysis, Forces and their effects, Kinetic energy, and Currents in electrical circuits.

 

Written paper 2 – 90 minutes (40%) – Proteins, Aerobic and anaerobic respiration, Cell division and inheritance, Speciation, Rates of reaction, Exothermic and endothermic reactions, Acids bases and salts, Electrolysis, Using mains electricity safely, Radioactive decay, and Nuclear fission and fusion.

 

All written papers contain structured questions as well as more challenging longer response questions.

 

Controlled Assessment ISA (25%) – This assessment is carried out in class and involves a research section, planning section, practical investigation, graph and written paper. Students will need to submit one ISA for each of core, and additional science in any science discipline.

 

What courses can this lead to in Post-16?

Grades A* - B will be required for entry to Academic Science A level courses. Please take note that you must achieve at least a B grade in the written examination at least in year 11 but preferably in year 10 too. It may be necessary for you to attend bridging sessions after your examinations in June of year 11 to help cover some essential topics missed from the triple course.

 

For more details please contact:

Mrs M L Hale – HEAD OF SCIENCE
                                                        

Core, Additional and Further Science (Triple Award)

Qualification:

3 separate GCSE grades [A* - G]

 

Is this course for me?

This is a more academically challenging course for the most able students, gaining level 6 or above in their KS3 assessments. The course will have started in year 9 and then in KS4 it will involve 5 periods a week. A keen interest in science and a desire to go onto academic A Level science courses is essential.

 

What does the course involve?

The course involves studying the three sciences in greater depth and at a snappy pace. The course needs a full commitment to private study and exam preparation.

 

How will my work be assessed?

Core – Students sit 3 written papers worth 25% each at the end of year 10. The Biology paper will cover healthy diet, coordination, drugs, adaptations, energy flows, variation and evolution. The chemistry paper will cover atomic structure, building materials, metals, fuels, plastics, plant oils and the atmosphere. The Physics paper will cover energy transfers, efficiency, appliances and electrical generation.

 

Additional – Students sit 3 written papers worth 25% each at the end of year 10. The Biology paper will cover cells and division, tissues, organs, photosynthesis, the environment, proteins, respiration, inheritance and speciation. The chemistry paper will cover structure and bonding, properties, quantitative chemistry, reactions, acids, bases and salts, and electrolysis. The Physics paper will cover forces, kinetic energy, currents, mains electricity, power, radioactive decay, nuclear fission and fusion.

Further - Students sit 3 written papers worth 25% each at the end of year  11. The Biology paper will cover movement of molecules, transport systems in plants and animals, homeostasis, and human’s impact. The Chemistry paper will cover the periodic table, water, energy change calculations, further quantitative analysis, production of ammonia and alcohols, acids and esters. The Physics paper will cover the medical applications of physics, using physics to make things work, and keeping things moving.

 

All written papers contain structured questions as well as more challenging longer response questions.

 

Controlled Assessment ISA (25%) – This assessment is carried out in class and involves a research section, planning section, practical investigation, graph and written paper. Students will need to submit one ISA for each of core, additional and further science in any science discipline.

 

What courses can this lead to in Post-16?

Students who achieve grades A* - B will be able to go on to Academic Science A levels. Please take note that you must achieve at least a B grade in the written exam papers for the subjects you wish to take.

 

For more details please contact:

Mrs M L Hale – HEAD OF SCIENCE

Year 11

 

  Written Exams are looming:

 

EXAM DATES

 

Triple Biol B3 - Tues 14th May am

 

Triple Chem C3 – Mon 20th May pm

 

Triple Phys P3 – Thurs 23rd May

 

Add Mix Paper – Thurs 23rd May am

 

     Summer 2013.

 

Come along to revision sessions.

 

·    Saturday 20th April (Triple B3a – Movement of molecules and Transport systems in plants and animals.)

·    Saturday 27th April (Triple C3a – Periodic table, Water and Energy changes.)

·    Saturday 4th May P3a (Triple P3a – Medical Applications)

·    Saturday 4th May (Additional Biology – Proteins, Respiration, Cell division, Inheritance and Speciation)

·    Saturday 11th May (Triple B3b – Homeostasis and Humans and their environment)

·    Saturday 11th May (Additional Chemistry – Rates of reaction, Exothermic and Endothermic, Acids, Bases, Salts and Electrolysis)

·    Saturday 18th May (Triple C3b – Quantitative chemistry, Ammonia and Alcohols, carboxylic acids and Esters.)

·    Saturday 18th May am (Additional Physics – Mains Electricity, Appliances, Radioactive Decay and nuclear Fusion and Fission)

·    Saturday 18th May pm (Triple P3b – Making things Move and Keeping them Moving)

Sessions run from 9.00 am until 12.30pm. (Except the P3b session on Sat 18th May which will run from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.

Collect a permission letter from Mrs Hale (Head of Science). When you return your slip you will be allocated a room.

 
 SCIENCE BTEC COURSE OVERVIEW
 


BTEC - Applied Science Level 1/2

 

Qualification:

It is a combined credit based qualification equivalent to 2 GCSEs

[A* - D].

The number of credits you score on your assignments and exams will determine whether you achieve a Level 1 pass (equiv D grade), A Level 2 pass (equiv C grade), a Level 2 merit (equiv B grade) or a level 2 distinction (equiv A*/A grade).

 

Is this course for me? 

If you are:

 

§  interested in the science in your life

§  good at working independently

§  keen on projects, investigations, presentations and research

§  planning to take a vocational science route at post 16

 

then this might be for you.

 

What does the course involve?

A very different approach to traditional science, with greater emphasis on learning about the way science is used in work and at home.

You will do research and practical investigations into science topics related to real life situations. Throughout the course you will produce a portfolio of work. This could involve written reports, practical results, presentations, making models or even taped verbal discussions. You will have 5 periods of science each week.

 

What will you study?

Principles of science, Chemistry and our earth, Energy and the universe, and Biology and our environment. In year 11 you will study further the applications of Biological, Chemical and Physical sciences.

 

How will my work be assessed?

This course is 75% evidence based. You will need to build a portfolio of assignment work that demonstrates your scientific skills and understanding. You will sit two exams that are worth 25% of the qualification. One of these exams is sat at the end of year 10 and the other at the end of year 11.

 

What courses can this lead to in Post-16?

Students who follow this course might choose to do BTEC Applied Science at level 3 (Equivalent to 1 A level).

 

 

For more details please contact:

Mrs M L Hale – HEAD OF SCIENCE 

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