Overview

Science provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We all need to know the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science and how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of key ideas.

Science is taught in discrete topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics from a bespoke Scheme for learning. Each topic is assessed throughout and then a tested at the end. This occurs approximately every three weeks. It is these assessments which are entered into Go 4 Schools and a final level calculated. Many lessons in Science are practical based where students collect results to support a hypothesis that they are testing.

Science consists of two separate awards at Key Stage 4 for the majority of students, one taught in Year 10 and the other in Year 11.

AQA Science A (4405) consists of Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics 1, topics which are examined in three separate papers either at the end of Year 10 or in Year 11. This together with a Controlled Assessment (Unit 4) makes up the GCSE award. Throughout the course there is additional content How Science Works which is integrated and delivered not only through the Controlled Assessment but also through the context of the content of Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Physics 1.

AQA Additional Science A (4408) consists of Biology 2, Chemistry 2, Physics 2, topics which are examined in three separate papers at the end of Year 11. This together with a Controlled Assessment (Unit 4) makes up the GCSE award. Throughout the course there is additional content How Science Works which is integrated and delivered not only through the Controlled Assessment but also through the context of the content of Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2.