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Science

STEM2015

Big Bang South East – STEMfest regional winners 2015

Head of Faculty:

Miss V Pooley – vpooley@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Deputy Head of Faculty

Mr J Swales – jswales@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Teaching Staff

Mr T Bayle – tbayle@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mr K Davis – kdavis@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Ms M Wood – mwood@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Miss H Everitt – heveritt@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mr F Stojanovic – fstojanovic@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Miss L Oliver – loliver9@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mr C Mero – cmero@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mrs S Holmes – sholmes24@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mr J Stuart – jstuart@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mr S Delahunt – sdelahunt@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mr R Pullin – rpullin@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mr K Janowski – kjanowski@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Ms S Jones – sjones@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mr C Coxhill – ccoxhil@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Subject Overview

Science is an exciting and dynamic subject; often you will be learning about concepts and contexts that are still under investigation by scientists themselves. In science at Oriel High School we aim to equip our students with the skills to be able to investigate scientific problems for themselves and make decisions centred around scientific issues as well as learn the biological, chemical and physical concepts that underpin life as we understand it.

 

KEY STAGE 3

In Key Stage 3 students follow a scheme of work written specifically for Oriel High School, this builds on the skills and knowledge that they gained during primary school and is written to prepare students fully for the demands of the new GCSE examinations that they will sit. Students complete a term of Biology, a term of Chemistry and a term of Physics, each term is split into 3 topics each covering a main theme in the subject and is assessed via a formal test at the end of the term. Teaching is not simply from textbooks but utilises a wide range of activities including a large proportion of practical investigative work. Students are assessed via end of term tests and longer more open ended formative tasks, during each topic they complete an assessment on their practical skills and also sit a spelling and definitions test.

 

KEY STAGE 4

At key stage 4 a variety of courses are available to personalise science learning, the majority of students sit GCSE core science in year 10 and additional science in year 11 while a smaller group (around 20% of the year group) undertake GCSEs in separate sciences. A small group of students may work for longer consolidating their core science knowledge and only sit GCSE science at the end of year 11.

Year 11 GCSE Revision timetable, January 2015 – May 2015 – GCSE_science_revision_V3

 

KEY STAGE 5

Moving forward into Key Stage 5 there are plenty of opportunities for further science study, AS and A2 courses are available in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology with progression for students who wish to follow a more vocational route being available in the form of a BTEC level 3 in applied science.

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR AND STEM

The science department are justifiably proud of the extra-curricular and enrichment activities available as part of the science department and the links that have been forged with local industry; led and championed by Mr Arnott recent activities and successes have included:

 

The Oriel KS3 Science Fair

November 2013 saw the start of the first ever Oriel Science Fair. KS3 pupils spend two weeks in science lessons planning, developing and testing investigations of their own devising, as long as the investigations are safe, able to be completed in a school laboratory and related to science no topics are off limits! The project voted the best in the class wins a place in the final at the Science Fair in the main hall. Finalists then spend the day presenting their projects to their peers as well as judging panel formed of prominent members of local STEM companies. The winners are treated to a trip with the first place contestants from each of the Year groups being entered in the Big Bang Fair South East. This year’s year 7 winners won a £100 prize at the Big Bang South East fair and with the help of an astrobiologist are working on improving their project before entering it in the National competition in Birmingham in 2015, they’re even sending a part of their project to space! The science fair 2014 is fast approaching – what will you choose to investigate?

 

Science club with Mr Watson

Budding scientists have the opportunity to attend weekly science club sessions with Mr Watson after school. This year students have carried out experiments including making slime, building trebuchets, launching rockets, exploding hydrogen balloons and much more. Check the extra curricular provision booklet for information on when science club will run this year and what you can expect!

 

Twilight Stargazing with Mr Arnott

This year students and members of the public have been treated to some fantastic stargazing evenings at Oriel High School in collaboration with the Crawley Astronomical Society and BBC Stargazing. The events typically take place between November and March and we are looking forward to their return this academic year.

 

The British Physics Olympiad

Physics students in Years 11, 12 and 13 have the opportunity to compete in the Oxford University Physics Olympiad. Questions are designed to test lateral thinking skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations. Needless to say, the Olympiad is extremely challenging and includes content not usually learnt until Year 13.

 

The School Garden / Mud Club

Over the past two years, Mrs Etheridge has worked tirelessly to transform an area of scrubby grassland next to the tennis courts into the magnificent school garden. A team of willing volunteers from the Art Department, the Youth Wing and the after-school Mud Club have planted an array of different fruits and vegetable plants whilst also maintaining the garden. The garden is frequently used as part of the Forest Schools program and as a place for still-life drawing for the Art Department.

Curriculum plan

Year Course/Specification/Qualification Assessment Homework

7

All students initially follow an Oriel specific introduction to science unit; this includes equipment, simple investigations, risk assessment and an assessment of learning covered during primary school.All students then follow this with a science scheme of work specifically written for Oriel High School. The content covered is:

Introduction to science unit

  • Safety rules
  • Lab equipment and practical work
  • Bunsen Burner passport
  • How to present work in science
  • Thinking frames and explaining ideas

 

Oriel Year 7 Science curriculum

BIOLOGY

  1. The cellular cosmos (cells) – Learn about the building blocks that make every living organism, even you! Investigate how they are specialised for the roles they play and how the cells that make up plants and animals are so very similar but very different.

 

  1. New Life (reproduction) – How are new humans made? Learn about where new life comes from, think about the changes that all young people undergo and learn why they happen.

 

  1. The fight for life (Interdependence) – All those living organisms you see? Even spiders? They all depend on each other, and sometimes compete with each other too. Learn how all living organisms rely on each other to stay alive and how some of them fight to the death.

 

CHEMISTRY

  1. Solids, liquids and gases – How are the particles arranged in different substances? Why do liquids flow and can’t we squash solids? Why can we smell gases from a long way away? In this unit you will find out all the answers

 

  1. Acids and alkalis – What’s the difference between an acid and an alkali? How can we tell the difference? How can cabbage be used as an indicator? What should you put on a wasp sting – toothpaste or vinegar? All will become clear when you have learnt about acids and alkalis

 

  1. Chemical techniques – How can we separate the colours in smarties shells? How can we make drinking water on a desert island and what if you need to make pure salt but you’ve only got some grit? You’ll know after this unit.

 

PHYSICS

  1. The World in motion (Forces) – Why do things move? Why do they stop? Why do they change direction? Why if you jump from a plane don’t you just hang in the air? – Forces explain all of this.

 

  1. Good vibrations (Waves) –

 

  1. Space is big (The Earth in Space) – In this unit students will learn about Earth’s place in the universe; why we have seasons; the difference between weight and gravity; magnetic fields, and even what a light year is!

 

 

These units then feed straight into the year 8 ORIEL scheme of work that all students in year 8 follow.

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of term tests – students cover a term of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and complete an end of term test in each discipline
  • One assessment per unit focussed on practical investigation skills
  • One spelling and definitions test per unit.
  • One formatively assessed piece of work per unit – students will review this after feedback and improve for homework

 

  • Spellings and definitions to learn
  • Formative assessment improvement task – students will act on feedback given on a longer piece of work in class and aim to improve their result
  • 6 mark question homework – students will be expected to complete one extended answer question a unit at home

 

8

All students follow the a year 8 scheme of work specifically written for Oriel High School, the content covered is:Oriel Year 8 science curriculumBIOLOGY

  1. Getting under your skin – In this unit learn how the different organs in your body work together, look in detail at how we move, how we digest our food, why our hearts need to keep beating  and how we get rid of waste. Be prepared for some gore!

 

  1. No, it’s not breathing – It’s not breathing, but it is respiration. Learn about the process of respiration and why it’s definitely not breathing. Investigate why we need to keep breathing and the vital role that our lungs play in keeping us alive. There will definitely be a chance to look at some lungs!

 

  1. The private life of plants (and where we wouldn’t be without them) – We’d be nothing without plants, that’s the truth. Find out exactly why, look at exactly how plants make their own food just using the light from the sun, water and carbon dioxide. It’s pretty amazing.

 

CHEMISTRY

  1. The Periodic table – What do all of those symbols actually mean? Who decided to put the elements where they are? Do the columns actually mean anything? Why did they even bother? Find out this and more in this unit

 

  1. Chemistry of the earth – How does chemistry relate to your every day life? What does Chemistry actually have to do with the earth, the rocks and the seas?

 

  1. Chemistry of the atmosphere – What is the air made of? How can different gases affect our health? What is the ozone layer and how come a hole in it is such a problem?

 

PHYSICS

  1. Star Wars – Learn about energy and energy resources with a twist, find out how we stay warm, how energy is transferred from type to type and what the solution to the global energy crisis may be

 

  1. Under pressure – what do we mean by pressure? Investigate practically all the different types of pressure we encounter in Physics. Along the way investigate density as Archimedes did and have that eureka moment yourself

 

  1. Everything is Illuminated – (Light) – Student will learn about all the strange and wonderful properties of light, from how refraction allows us to see to what causes rainbows.

 

 

These units then feed straight into the year 9 ORIEL scheme of work that all students in year 9 follow.

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of term tests – students cover a term of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and complete an end of term test in each discipline
  • One assessment per unit focussed on practical investigation skills
  • One spelling and definitions test per unit.
  • One formatively assessed piece of work per unit – students will review this after feedback and improve for homework

 

  • Spellings and definitions to learn
  • Formative assessment improvement task – students will act on feedback given on a longer piece of work in class and aim to improve their result
  • 6 mark question homework – students will be expected to complete one extended answer question a unit at home

 

 

9

Oriel Year 9 science curriculumThe year 9 curriculum has been written to bridge the gap between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. The final topics of KS3 are covered in detail, students will be challenged to examine the scientific concepts in more depth and will be tackling some of the fundamental scientific ideas previously only introduced in Key Stage 4. BIOLOGY

  1. Alien invaders attack! – What happens when invaders attack our bodies? What are the effects of microbes on our cells and how do both legal and illegal drugs affect our health?

 

  1. The origin and evolution of everything – How did everything end up the way it is? What was Darwin going on about when he talked about survival of the fittest and why did this mean that the Dodo just had to go? In this unit you will find out how the theory of evolution explains all of it.

 

  1. The genetics of being ‘cool’ – What makes you you? How do the tiny molecules inside your cells code for all the characteristics that you possess? Why do you have blue eyes but your brothers are brown? Who discovered all of this stuff in the first place? Investigate what makes us look the way we do, even look at your own DNA!

 

CHEMISTRY

  1. The fundamentals of Chemistry – get to grips with the important chemical ideas to get you ready for KS4. Exactly what are atoms, elements, mixtures, compounds and molecules? Re-cap the periodic table and understand what actually happens during a chemical reaction

 

  1. Further chemical reactions – look at some fun chemical reactions you might not have seen before, investigate them in detail and apply the knowledge that you gained from the fundamental of chemistry unit to them

 

  1. Rates of reaction and energetics – how do disposable hand warmers work? Why does that ice pack get cold? How can you speed up a chemical reaction?

 

PHYSICS

  1. Waves everywhere – What are waves? Not just the ones in the sea… In this unit you will learn how waves transfer energy and information and how we make use of this in our everyday lives.

 

  1. Danger! Danger! High Voltage! – What actually is electricity? How does it power your lightbulbs and charge your ipad? Get ready to tackle the difficult concepts at GCSE by investigating electricity now

 

  1. It is rocket science – (Forces) – If you can explain forces then your halfway to understanding rocket science. In this unit students will explore how forces explain the motion of objects from roundabouts and springs to falling cats and sky dives from space.

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of term tests – students cover a term of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and complete an end of term test in each discipline
  • One assessment per unit focussed on practical investigation skills
  • One spelling and definitions test per unit.
  • One formatively assessed piece of work per unit – students will review this after feedback and improve for homework

 

  • Spellings and definitions to learn
  • Formative assessment improvement task – students will act on feedback given on a longer piece of work in class and aim to improve their result
  • 6 mark question homework – students will be expected to complete one extended answer question a unit at home

 

10

Separate sciences

Edexcel separate sciencesStudents in year 10 studying separate sciences have one extra period of each science discipline a fortnight, this allows for the extra content to be covered. Students cover units 1&2 in year 10 leaving the more difficult unit 3 content and controlled assessment for year 11. Terms 1a à 2a (Content for the B1, C1, P1 exams – 5BI1H, 5CH1H, 5PH1H)

 

B1 – Influences on life

  • Classification, variation and inheritance
  • Responses to a changing environment
  • Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment

C1 – Chemistry in our world

  • The Earth’s sea and atmosphere
  • Material from the earth
  • Acids
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Fuels

P1 –  Universal physics

  • Visible light and the solar system
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Waves and the universe
  • Waves and the earth
  • Generation and transmission of electricity
  • Energy and the future

 

Term 2b à 3b

B2 – The components of life

  • The building blocks of cells
  • Organisms and energy
  • Common systems

C2 – Discovering chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Ionic compounds and analysis
  • Covalent compounds and separation techniques
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Chemical reactions
  • Quantitative chemistry

P2 – Physics for your future

  • Static and current electricity
  • Controlling and using electric current
  • Motion and forces
  • Momentum, energy, work and power
  • Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using radioactive materials
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic internal tests
  • End of term tests
  • During topic formative assessment tasks

Students that do not meet their target grades in end of topic and term tests will be required to re-sit in their own time.

 

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 9x exams at the end of year 11 (5BI1H, 5BI2H, 5BI3H/5CH1H, 5CH2H, 5CH3H/5PH1H, 5PH2H, 5PH3H)

 

  • 3x controlled assessment to be moderated/submitted at the end of year 11

 

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Fortnightly set and marked by teachers (Bio/Chem/Phys)Focussing on the skills needed for examination questions. E.g. learning home works, practice questions/calculations

10

Core and Additional science

Edexcel GCSE Core scienceStudents studying core and additional science (double science) in year 10 have 9 periods of science a fortnight split between two teachers. They will cover the content for the first unit of each science in year 10 as well as completing a controlled assessment. All examinations are sat at the end of year 11 B1 – Influences on life

  • Classification, variation and inheritance
  • Responses to a changing environment
  • Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment

C1 – Chemistry in our world

  • The Earth’s sea and atmosphere
  • Material from the earth
  • Acids
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Fuels

P1 –  Universal physics

  • Visible light and the solar system
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Waves and the universe
  • Waves and the earth
  • Generation and transmission of electricity
  • Energy and the future

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic internal tests
  • End of term tests
  • During topic formative assessment tasks

Students that do not meet their target grades in end of topic and term tests will be required to re-sit in their own time.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • All examinations are sat at the end of year 11

 

Fortnightly set and marked by teachers (Bio/Chem/Phys)Focussing on the skills needed for examination questions. E.g. learning home works, practice questions/calculations

11

Separate sciences

(for students that started their GCSE studies in Sept 2013)

Edexcel GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics  Terms 1a/1b

  • B2 – The components of life – continuation of year 10
  • C2 – Discovering chemistry – continuation of year 10
  • P2 – Physics for your future – continuation of year 10

 

Terms 2a à 3a

B3 – Using Biology

  • Control systems
  • Behaviour
  • Biotechnology

C3 – Chemistry in action

  • Qualitative analysis
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Electrolytic processes
  • Gases, equilibrium and ammonia
  • Organic chemistry

P3 – Applications of physics

  • Radiation in treatment and medicine
  • X rays and ECGs
  • Production, uses and risks of ionising radiation from radioactive sources
  • Motion of particles
  • Kinetic theory and gases
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic internal tests
  • End of term tests
  • During topic formative assessment tasks

Students that do not meet their target grades in end of topic and term tests will be required to re-sit in their own time.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 9x examinations at the end of year 11 (5BI1H, 5BI2H, 5BI3H/5CH1H, 5CH2H, 5CH3H/5PH1H, 5PH2H, 5PH3H)

 

  • Fortnightly set and marked by teachers. Focussing on the skills needed for examination questions. E.g. learning home works, practice questions/calculations

 

11 Additional science (for students that started their GCSE studies in Sept 2013)

Edexcel GCSE Additional scienceStudents studying Additional science in year 11 continue their studies from year 10, studying units that are conceptually more difficult than the content encountered previously. B2 – The components of life

  • The building blocks of cells
  • Organisms and energy
  • Common systems

 

C2 – Discovering chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Ionic compounds and analysis
  • Covalent compounds and separation techniques
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Chemical reactions
  • Quantitative chemistry

 

P2 – Physics for your future

  • Static and current electricity
  • Controlling and using electric current
  • Motion and forces
  • Momentum, energy, work and power
  • Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using radioactive materials

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic tests
  • During topic formative assessment tasks
  • End of term tests

Students that do not meet their target grades in end of topic and term tests will be required to re-sit in their own time.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 6x external exams at end of year 11 (5BI1, 5BI2/5CH1, 5CH2/5PH1, 5PH2)
  • 2x CAU submitted in May of year 11 (one controlled assessment completed during year 10)
  • Fortnightly set and marked by teachers
Focussing on the skills needed for examination questions. E.g. learning home works, practice questions/calculations
ALL A LEVELS ARE BEING REDEVELOPED FOR FIRST TEACHING FROM SEPTEMBER 2015. THIS INFORMATION IS RELEVANT FOR STUDENTS THAT HAVE ALREADY STARTED THEIR STUDIES IN SEPTEMBER 2013 OR 2014. NEW SPECIFICATIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR STUDENTS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2015 – MORE DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE 6TH FORM OPEN EVENING IN NOVEMBER.

12 CHEM

Edexcel GCE AS Chemistry Unit 1: 6CH01 (40% of AS qualification)

  • Formulae
  • Equations and amounts of substance
  • Energetics and energy in chemical reactions
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding (covalent, metallic, ionic)
  • Introductory organic chemistry (alkanes, alkenes and their reactions)

 

Unit 2: 6CH02 (40% of AS qualification)

  • Shapes of molecules and ions
  • Intermediate bonding and bond polarity
  • Intermolecular forces
  • Redox
  • The periodic table (group 2 and 7)
  • Kinetics – why do reactions happen?
  • Equilibria
  • Organic chemistry (alcohols and haloalkanes)

 

Unit 3: 6CH03 (20% of AS qualification)

Practical chemistry, tasks including

  • Quantitative tasks
  • Qualitative (observation) tasks
  • Preparation of a chemical tasks
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 2 x 1hour 30 external examinations (summer exam series/40% each)
  • Internally marked/externally moderated practical examinations (20%)

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic tests, series of assessments as indicated in the 6th form students planners and calendar
Regular independent study tasks set by class teachers, approximately one hour of guided study or homework task for each hour of taught subject time (8 hours per fortnight)

12

BIO

OCR GCE AS Biology F211: Cells, exchange and transport  (30% of AS qualification)

  • Cell structure
  • Cell membranes
  • Cell division
  • Cell diversity
  • Cellular organisation
  • Exchange surfaces and breathing
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants

 

F212: Molecules, Biodiversity food and health (50% of AS qualification)

  • Biological molecules
  • Enzymes
  • Nucleic acids
  • Diet and food production
  • Health and disease
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification
  • Evolution
  • Maintaining biodiversity

 

F213 Practical skills in biology 1 – 20%

Practical biology, tasks including

  • Quantitative tasks
  • Qualitative (observation) tasks
  • Evaluative tasks
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 2 x external examinations F211 (30%) F212 (50%)
  • Internally marked/externally moderated practical examinations (20%)

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic tests, series of assessments as indicated in the 6th form students planners and calendar
  • Regular independent study tasks set by class teachers, approximately one hour of guided study or homework task for each hour of taught subject time (8 hours per fortnight)

12

PHYS

OCR GCE AS Physics (Advancing physics) G491:Physics in action (30% of the AS qualification)  

  • Communication
  • Designer materials

 

G492:Understanding processes and experimentation and data handling  (50% of the AS qualification)

  • Waves and quantum behaviour
  • Space time and motion

 

G493: Physics in practice  20% of the AS qualification

  • Quality of measurement – internally marked investigation focusing on quality of measurements taken during experiment
  • Physics in use – presentation on a use of physics – internally marked

 

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 2 x external exams G491 (30%), G492 (50%).
  • Internally marked externally moderated piece of work (G493 – 20%)

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic tests, series of assessments as indicated in the 6th form students planners and calendar
  • Regular independent study tasks set by class teachers, approximately one hour of guided study or homework task for each hour of taught subject time (8 hours per fortnight)

12

PSYCH

AQA GCE AS PsychologyPsychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour.A-level Psychology will give you the skills that will be useful in a whole range of careers. You will develop your analytical science skills by evaluating various psychology research studies. You will also develop your written communication skills as you learn to develop persuasive arguments based on the theories that you study. 

PSYA1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods (50% of the AS qualification):

  • Cognitive Psychology – Memory, Models of memory, How reliable is eye-witness Testimony?
  • Developmental Psychology – Early Social Development, Attachment, children without attachments, children in care.
  • Research methods – methods and techniques, Investigation design, data analysis and presentation

 

PSYA2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences (50% of the AS qualification)

  • Biological psychology – stress, stress as a bodily response, stress in everyday life Social psychology – social influence, conformity & obedience social influence in everyday life.
  • Individual difference – psychopathology, defining and explaining psychological abnormality, treating abnormality.

 

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 2 x external examinations – summer examination series (PSYA1 and PSYA2) each worth 50% of the final AS qualification and both 1hr 30 minutes long

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic tests, series of assessments as indicated in the 6th form students planners and calendar
  • Regular independent study tasks set by class teachers, approximately one hour of guided study or homework task for each hour of taught subject time (8 hours per fortnight)

12

BTEC

Level 3 BTEC certificate Applied science

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of science
  • Unit 2: Working in the science industry
  • Unit 4: Scientific practical techniques

 

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary diploma Applied Science

As above plus

  • Unit 5: Perceptions of science
  • Unit 6: Using mathematical tools for science
  • Unit 8: Using statistics for science
  • Unit 28: Chemical periodicity

 

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTNoneINTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • Internally marked and externally moderated assignments.

Students have one attempt to complete an assignment and after this will not be able to make any improvements (exam board rules from 2014)

  • Regular independent study tasks including work on assignments, work towards merit and distinction criteria and further research and reading. These tasks are vital if students are to be successful in their assignments (see new exam board rules)

13 CHEM

Edexcel GCE A2 ChemistryUnit 4:

  • How fast? Rates of reaction
  • How far? Entropy
  • Equilibria (quantitative)
  • Application of rates and equilibria
  • Acid based equilibria
  • Organic chemistry (chirality, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and derivatives)
  • Spectroscopy and chromatography.

 

Unit 5:

  • Application of redox equilibria
  • Transition metals and their chemistry
  • Organic chemistry (arenes, organic nitrogen compounds, amines, amides, amino acids, proteins, polyesters, polyamides, organic synthesis)

 

Unit 6:

Practical chemistry, tasks including

  • Quantitative tasks
  • Qualitative (observation) tasks
  • Preparation of a chemical tasks
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 2 x 1hour 30 external examinations (summer exam series/40% each)
  • Internally marked/externally moderated practical examinations (20%)

 

INTERNAL ASSESSSMENT

  • End of topic tests, series of assessments as indicated in the 6th form students planners and calendar
  • Regular independent study tasks set by class teachers, approximately one hour of guided study or homework task for each hour of taught subject time (8 hours per fortnight)

13

BIO

OCR GCE A2 BiologyF214: Communication, homeostasis and energy 30%

  • Communication
  • Nerves
  • Hormones
  • Excretion
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

F215: Control, genomes and environment 50%

  • Cellular control
  • Meiosis and variation
  • Cloning in plants and animals
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomes and gene technology
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and sustainability
  • Plant responses
  • Animal responses
  • Animal behaviour

 

F216 – Practical skills in biology 2 – 20%

Practical biology, tasks including

  • Quantitative tasks
  • Qualitative (observation) tasks
  • Evaluative tasks
  •  
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 2 x external examinations F214 (30%) F215 (50%)
  • Internally marked/externally moderated practical examinations (20%)

 

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic tests, series of assessments as indicated in the 6th form students planners and calendar
  • Regular independent study tasks set by class teachers, approximately one hour of guided study or homework task for each hour of taught subject time (8 hours per fortnight)

13

PHYS

OCR GCE A2 Physics (Advancing physics) G494:The rise and fall of the clockwork universe:

  • Models and rules
  • Matter in extremes

 

G495: Field and particle pictures:

  • Fields
  • Fundamental particles

 

G496:

  • Practical investigation
  • Research briefing
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 2 x external examinations (summer examination series) G494 – 30%, G495 – 50%) Internally marked, externally assessed component (20%)

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic tests, series of assessments as indicated in the 6th form students planners and calendar
  • Regular independent study tasks set by class teachers, approximately one hour of guided study or homework task for each hour of taught subject time (8 hours per fortnight)

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PSYCH

AQA GCE A2 PsychologyPsychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour.A-level Psychology will give you the skills that will be useful in a whole range of careers. You will develop your analytical science skills by evaluating various psychology research studies. You will also develop your written communication skills as you learn to develop persuasive arguments based on the theories that you study. 

PSYA3: Topics in Psychology:

  • Relationships – the formation, maintenance and breakdown of romantic relationships, evolutionary explanations of human reproductive behaviour, effects of early experience and culture on adult behaviour.
  • Aggression – social psychological approaches to explaining aggression, biological explanations of aggression, evolution and human aggression, Group displays of aggression in sport and warfare.
  • Eating behaviour – eating behaviour, biological explanations of eating behaviour, eating disorders.

 

PSYA4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research MethodsPsychopathology – Schizophrenia.

  • Psychology in action – Anomalistic psychology – how do we explain unusual experiences such as out of body and near death experience.
  • Psychological research and scientific method – the application of scientific method in psychology, designing psychological investigations, data analysis and reporting on investigations
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • 2 x external examinations – summer series

PSYA3, PSYA4

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • End of topic tests, series of assessments as indicated in the 6th form students planners and calendar
  • Regular independent study tasks set by class teachers, approximately one hour of guided study or homework task for each hour of taught subject time (8 hours per fortnight)

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BTEC

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary diploma Applied Science

  • Unit 15: Microbiological techniques
  • Unit 20: Medical physics techniques
  • Unit 22: Chemical laboratory techniques

 

Level 3 BTEC Diploma Applied Science

As above plus

  • Unit 3: Scientific investigation
  • Unit 11: Physiology of human body systems
  • Unit 44: Astronomy
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT – noneINTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • All assignments linked to the modules studied (indicated opposite) are internally marked and externally moderated
  • Regular independent study tasks including work on assignments, work towards merit and distinction criteria and further research and reading

GCSE

ASTRONOMY

Extra-curricular after school club open to Years 10 to 13. Taught over 1-2 years. Unit 1 Understanding the Universe (EXAMINATION) -75% of the qualification

  • Topic 1 Earth, Moon and Sun
  • Topic 2 Planetary Systems
  • Topic 3 Stars
  • Topic 4 Galaxies and Cosmology

 

Unit 2 Exploring the universe  (CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT)25% of the qualification

  • Year 1 Unaided Observation
  • Year 2 Aided Observation – pupils can select from a range of 10 different assignments.

 

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

  • One written exam worth 75% of the whole qualification
  • This is an optional extra-curricular course. Independent work is set when necessary

 

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