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Science is divided in to three areas; Biology the study of life processes and living things, their origins and diversity; Chemistry which involves matter, particles and reactions of things like acids and alkalis and tries to look at how these chemicals interact; Physics which focuses on the mechanisms of matter and its motion, as well as space and time-the science that deals with concepts such as force, energy, mass, and charge.

Key Stage 3

At key stage 3 students receive 3 lessons per week where they are taught the skills to become better at thinking scientifically by using and explaining models, understand the applications an implications of science by exploring how developments can affect individuals, society and the world, communicate and collaborate better by using scientific language, use investigative approaches to collect evidence by experimenting, and work critically with evidence to identify outcomes and make conclusions.

The topics taught at KS3 include


·         Cells

·         Ecology

·         Reproduction

·         Genetics


·         Elements and compounds

·         Acids and Alkalis

·         Chemical reaction

·         Rocks and the rock cycle


·         Forces and motion

·         Energy and energy resources

·         Space and the universe

·         Magnetism and electrical circuits

Key Stage 4 

At key stage 4 students receive 6 lessons per week.  Year 11 students currently study either OCR Gateway core and additional science or Triple Science where students study each science separately (Chemistry, Biology and Physics).

Students in Years 9 and 10 are studying for the new AQA Combined Science: Trilogy GCSE or Triple Science GCSEs.  Year 9 have 3 lessons per week and Year 10 have 6 lessons per week.

All exams take place at the end of the year 11.

These courses are designed to further develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for science.  You will also develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods. You will acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society, and obtain scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.

A summary of the units is below.  More detailed information can be found on OCR's website at http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Core science

The core science course is worth a single GCSE. There are 6 taught modules and one controlled assessment worth 25% of the GCSE.

Unit 1:

Module B1:  Understanding Organisms

Module C1:  Carbon Chemistry

Module P1:  Energy for the Home

Unit 2:

Module B2:  Understanding Our Environment

Module C2:  Chemical Resources

Module P2:  Living For the Future

Additional science

The Additional Science course is worth a second GCSE.  There are 6 taught modules and one controlled assessment worth 25% of the GCSE.

Unit 1:

Module B3:  Living and Growing

Module C3:  Chemical Economics

Module P3:  Forces for Transport

Unit 2:

Module B4:  It’s A Green World

Module C4:  The Periodic Table

Module P4:  Radiation for Life

Triple Science

Triple Science is taught as separate Sciences of Chemistry, Biology and Physics. They will be taught the same units as in core and additional but will be taught a further two units (5 and 6) for each Science. There is also a controlled assessment to complete for each subject, worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade.

These units include


Module B5:  The Living Body

Module B6:  Beyond the Microscope


Module C5:  How Much?

Module C6:  Chemistry Out There


Module P5:  Space for Reflection

Module P6:  Electricity for Gadgets