The Class at Work
GCSE Science Website
The following website has all the lessons and resources for GCSE Science 9-1.
Students will need to log into their school Google accounts BEFORE viewing the site.
Key Stage 3
Students in year 7 begin the course by completing a science passport which introduces them to some of the key skills they will need throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. This then leads onto students studying the following science units:
Biology Units: Cells, sexual reproduction in animals, muscles and bones and ecosystems
Chemistry Units: Mixtures and separation, acids and alkalis, the particle model; atoms, elements and molecules
Physics Units: Energy, current and electricity, forces and sound
In year 8, students continue to study some of the key skills of working scientifically which are integrated throughout the following units of work:
Biology Units: Food and digestion, plants and their reproduction, unicellular, breathing and respiration
Chemistry Units: The periodic table, metals and their uses, combustion and rocks
Physics Units: Earth and space, energy transfers, light and fluids
In year 9, students are taught units to aid their transition into GCSE and continue to study some of the key skills of working scientifically which are integrated throughout the following units of work:
Biology: Genetics and evolution, plant growth, biology revision and projects, biology transition to GCSE
Chemistry: Making materials, reactivity, chemistry revision and projects, chemistry transition to GCSE
Physics: Forces and motion, force fields and electromagnets, physics revision and projects, physics transition to GCSE
Key Stage 4
The Science GCSE courses all contain Biology, Chemistry and Physics modules as well as ‘How Science Works’ which enables students to carry out investigations, look at evidence with an open mind, communicate effectively and to study the applications and implications of science.
There are three possible routes to take through the Science GCSE courses. Which route you take will depend on your attainment throughout Key Stage 3.
AQA Entry Level Science
An entry level qualification that covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. Additional practical assessments are also taken throughout the two year course. Topics covered include How Science Works, Human Biology, Environment and Evolution, Products From Rocks, Oils, Earth and Atmosphere, Energy and Electricity and Waves.
AQA GCSE Science A
A single GCSE course that covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Science A GCSE is tested by 3 written papers. Additional practical assessments are also taken throughout the two year course. This will be awarded at the end of Year 11. Topics covered include How Science Works, Human Biology, Environment and Evolution, Products From Rocks, Oils, Earth and Atmosphere, Energy and Electricity and Waves.
AQA GCSE Science A and GCSE Additional Science
The course as described above is covered in Year 10 and a second GCSE is studied in Year 11. The Additional Science GCSE is tested by 3 written papers at the end of Year 11 as well as further practical assessments. Topics covered include How Science Works, Cells and Organs, Enzymes and Genetics, Bonding and Calculations, Reaction Rates, Salts and Electrolysis, Forces, Electricity and Radioactivity.
What does this course lead onto?
The variety of pathways we provide at Key Stage 4 will enable students to progress into many courses with a scientific content in further or higher education. Science qualifications lead to a wide variety of different careers. For more information please see http://www.planet-science.com/categories/over-11s/careers.aspx