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Science

The science curriculum is designed to develop skills of problem solving and equip students with the ability to use investigative approaches. The lessons delivered put science in context and students are encouraged to consider the impact science has on the world they live in. There is a strong focus on practical work as well independent learning. The science laboratories are state of the art and provide all students with the opportunity to engage in active and engaging learning. Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities with the potential to achieve Crest awards in Science.

Key Stage 3
The Urswick Science Department uses the national curriculum and national strategy to provide the framework for the lessons and content delivered at key stage 3. During years 7 and 8 the units cover a wide variety of topics including:

  • How science works
  • Organisms, behaviour and health
  • Chemical and material behaviour
  • Energy, electricity and forces
  • The environment, Earth and the universe

Lessons are designed to be engaging and relevant to the students and their lives. Progress is monitored by regular internal assessment. The curriculum is also enriched by trips and after school clubs.

Key Stage 4 Science

Students begin their Key Stage 4 course in Year 9, providing them with the best possible opportunity to achieve their potential and gain a qualification in Science.  Within the Science courses, students carry out investigations and report on their findings producing evidence and conclusions.  Studying Science allows students with the potential to go on to a range of Level 3 courses and is seen as an academic qualification.  Success in Science provides students with the opportunity to consider many careers from those in the medical profession to criminology.

The pathways available able are:

AQA Combined Science- Trilogy

  • Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and achieve two GCSE qualifications in Combined Science.  The maximum grade that can be achieved is grade 9 for each GCSE and the minimum is grade 1.
  • Students will sit a total of six exams in Year 11 worth 100% of their final grade (two biology exams, two chemistry exams and two physics exams).
  • There are no controlled assessments, however, there are compulsory experiments which must be completed over the two years as students will be assessed on them in the exams.

AQA Single Science

  • Students will study one science discipline and achieve one GCSE qualification in Single Science.  The maximum grade that can be achieved is grade 9 for each GCSE and the minimum is grade 1.
  • Students will sit a total of two exams in Year 11 worth 100% of their final grade.
  • There are no controlled assessments, however, there are compulsory experiments which must be completed over the two years as students will be assessed on them in the exams.

OCR Single Science- Science A (LEGACY: LAST EXAM SUMMER 2017)

  • Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and achieve one GCSE qualification.
  • In Year 11, students will sit a total of three exams for Science A, worth 75% of their final grade and complete a controlled assessment worth 25% of their final grade.

OCR Double Science- Science A and Additional Science A (LEGACY: LAST EXAM SUMMER 2017)

  • Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and achieve two GCSE qualifications.
  • In Year 10, students will sit a total of three exams for Science A, worth 75% of their final grade and complete a controlled assessment worth 25% of their final grade.
  • In Year 11, students will sit a further three exams for Additional Science A, worth 75% of their final grade and complete a controlled assessment worth 25% of their final grade.

 

OCR Further Additional Science- Science A, Additional Science A and Further Additional Science A (LEGACY: LAST EXAM SUMMER 2017)

  • Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and achieve three GCSE qualifications.
  • In Year 10, students will sit a total of three exams for Science A, worth 75% of their final grade and complete a controlled assessment worth 25% of their final grade.
  • In Year 11, students will sit a further three exams for Additional Science A, worth 75% of their final grade and complete a controlled assessment worth 25% of their final grade.
  • Again, in Year 11, students will sit three more exams for Further Additional Science A, worth 75% of their final grade and complete a controlled assessment worth 25% of their final grade.                

OCR Cambridge Nationals- Certificate in Science (LEGACY: LAST EXAM SUMMER 2018)

  • Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics over two years and achieve an OCR Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Science.
  • Students produce a portfolio of work worth 50% of their final grade.
  • Students will sit one exam worth 25% of their final grade.
  • Students will complete a practical investigation worth 25% of their final grade.

Key Stage 5
AS and A2 Biology
AS and A2 Chemistry
AS and A2 Physics