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Key Stage 3

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Science

At KS3 students study a wide range of science topics, based around Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The course closely follows the new KS3 national curriculum and is designed to develop their investigative skills and stimulate creative thinking and problem solving. Students will cover different topics in years 7 and 8. Students also learn how to analyse and evaluate experimental data.  The KS3 curriculum acts as an integral foundation to prepare students for our KS4 courses in science.

Students will have science 6 times over the fortnight, and will be assessed via a test, once a term. They will also complete an assessed project per term.

For further information about what is taught in KS3 please read the KS3 course descriptor.

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Key Stage 4

At KS4 most students study for two Science GCSEs (AQA Core Science http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405 and AQA Additional Science http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408).  These courses contain areas of developing Science as well as more traditional topics and continue to develop students’ investigative stills.

Each course is 75% examined and 25% controlled assessment (an ISA exam prepared for during lessons and completed during a day).

Students with a TAG of a B or above and who have consistently been working at that level throughout KS3 can chose Triple Science GCSE.  These students study for three Science GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  These courses have the same structure as the other GCSEs but contain some more difficult concepts.  Triple Science GCSEs are excellent preparation for those who wish to study A level Science.

Students should speak to their teachers about the support available to them.

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Key Stage 5

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At post-16 students can study A level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.  These are demanding A levels.  By the end of the courses students have an in depth knowledge of the subject; they are able to critically analyse and evaluate data and they have developed a wide range of investigative skills.

All of our Science A levels are AQA (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level).

Students can choose to study for a L3 BTEC in Applied Science, this develops the scientific content studied at KS4.  The course is 100% coursework based on a series of assignments.

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