Science

Science encompasses everything that we are and allows us to make sense of the world around us. A high-quality science education should develop students’ curiosity and scientific knowledge in order to question the world in which we live, enable critical thinking and encourage students to become socially aware global citizens. As students progress through their scientific education, they should be able apply their scientific thinking and vocabulary to explain a wide range of phenomena, develop their experimental skills through a variety of scientific investigations and use their observations to justify the conclusions they have made, whilst using their analytical and evaluative skills to critically analyse information they are presented with.

Key Stage 3:

Weavers Academy students follow an innovative, key concept driven and spiralling Science CET curriculum devised by a team of experienced specialist teachers from across the Academy chain.

By the end of the year 7 students are aware of the purpose of the steps in scientific methodology and can conduct lab work purposefully and safely. In Biology, students have the scientific literacy to discuss organisms, ecosystems and genes.  In Chemistry, students have developed modelling for explanations of matter, reactions and Earth Sciences. In Physics students can model situations involving forces, energy, and waves. Thinking like a Scientist skills (Analyse, Communicate, Enquire and Solve) run throughout all topics intertwined in the delivery of practical skills, data handling and knowledge.

By the end of the year 8, students can and can conduct experimental investigations and obtain valid results and use graphical techniques to analyse and interpret results. In Biology, students have the knowledge to accurately discuss organisms, ecosystems and genes. In Chemistry, students can use conventions in chemistry to describe states of matter, reactions and Earth science. In Physics students can analyse situations involving forces, energy, electricity and waves, including the use of numeracy for calculations. Thinking like a Scientist skills (Analyse, Communicate, Enquire and Solve) run throughout all topics intertwined in the delivery of practical skills, data handling and knowledge.

By the end of the year 9 students can develop experimental methods and use accurate apparatus and techniques.  They can relate fundamental knowledge to evidence collected in the lab and how that is used to develop models. In Biology students have acquired the fundamental knowledge about microbiology and the challenges of scale.  They have the numeracy skills for biology to apply to more complex problem solving. In Chemistry, students can use conventions in chemistry to explain the structure and behaviour of the states of matter, explain reactions and explain processes in Earth science. In Physics students can apply mathematical skills to analyse energy transfers, apply ideas about particle theory to explain changes of state and explain the usefulness of radioactive materials.  Thinking like a Scientist skills (development of scientific thinking, experimental skills and strategies, analysis and evaluation, scientific vocabulary) run throughout all topics.

Key Stage 4:

At Key Stage 4, students follow either the AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy or AQA GCSE Triple Science specification.

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Subject Content:

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

Physics

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

How is AQA GCSE Combined Science assessed?

2 x Biology, 2 x Chemistry and 2 x Physics papers, each of which is:

Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation or Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

AQA Triple Science

GCSE Biology

Subject content:

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key ideas

How is AQA GCSE Biology assessed?

Paper 1:

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Paper 2:

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

GCSE Chemistry

Subject content:

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

How is AQA GCSE Chemistry assessed?

Paper 1:

Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation or Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Paper 2:

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

GCSE Physics

Subject content:

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space physics (physics only)

How is AQA GCSE Physics assessed?

Paper 1:

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Paper 2:

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Key Stage 5:

Students at Weavers Academy have the opportunity to study up to four level 3 Science subjects/courses, i.e. OCR A-Level Biology A , OCR A-Level Chemistry A, OCR A-Level Physics A and WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science.

OCR A-Level Biology A

Subject content:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology

Module 2: Foundations in biology

Module 3: Exchange and transport

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

How is OCR A-Level Biology A assessed?

Paper 1 – Biological processes

100 marks, 2 hours 15 mins

37% of A-level

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Paper 2 – Biological diversity

100 marks, 2 hours 15 mins

37% of A-Level

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Paper 3 Unified biology

70 marks, 1 hour 30 mins

26% of A-Level

Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Practical endorsement in biology

Non-exam assessment

OCR Chemistry A A-Level

Subject content:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

How is OCR Chemistry A A-Level assessed?

Paper 1 – Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry

100 marks, 2 hour 15 mins

37% of A-Level

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Paper 2 – Synthesis and analytical techniques

100 marks, 2 hour 15 mins

37% of A-Level

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Paper 3 – Unified chemistry

70 marks, 1 hour 30 minute

26% of A-Level

Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Practical endorsement in chemistry

Non-exam assessment

OCR Physics A A-Level

Subject content:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2: Foundations in physics

Module 3: Forces and motion

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics Module 6: Particles and medical physics

How is OCR Physics A A-Level assessed?

Paper 1 – Modelling physics

100 marks, 2 hours 15 mins

37% of A-Level

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Paper 2 – Exploring physics

100 marks, 2 hours 15 mins

37% of A-Level

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Paper 3 – Unified physics

70 marks, 1 hour 30 mins

26% of A-Level

Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Practical endorsement in physics

Non-exam assessment

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science

Subject content / units and how they are assessed (weighting in % and Internal or external):

Unit 1: Human health and disease (25%, external)

Unit 2: Physiological measurement techniques (12.5%, internal)

Unit 3: Medical Science research methods (12.5%, internal)

Unit 4: Medicines and treatment of disease (25%, internal)

Unit 5: Clinical laboratory techniques (12.5%, external) Unit 6: Medical case study (12.5%, external)