How will I be assessed?
Core Science –
Formal assessment will comprise of three Module 1 exams in the summer term of Y10 (one Physics, one Chemistry and one Biology) each contributing to 25% of the final grade. There will also be a Controlled Assessment Unit (CAU) contributing the final 25%.
Formal assessment will comprise of three Module 2 exams in the summer term of Y11 (one Physics, one Chemistry and one Biology) each contributing to 25% of the final grade. There will also be a Controlled Assessment Unit contributing the final 25%.
What skills will I need?
To succeed in all scientific disciplines offered at Clifton, it is essential for the student to show a deep interest in the world around them and a desire to understand it. They will understand the need to develop their practical skills so that they can collect precise data through the use of a range of measurement techniques that helps the formation of valid ideas and informs their judgements.
Key Stage 4: Why study Triple Science (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics)?
All of the science courses allow progression onto KS5 courses. However, different courses allow access to different KS5 courses. The separate sciences are the best choice for students who are seriously considering studying two of more science subjects at KS5. Separate Science is for students interested in science and who want to have more time to study it in more depth. Whilst this is a very demanding course academically, it does prepare students very well for post-16 studies and beyond.
What will I study?
In all of the courses you will study a balanced curriculum within each discipline of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All of the key ideas and concepts in these subjects are covered in a greater depth than in core and additional science. This is essential in order to prepare the students for further study at KS5 and beyond.. The material will be taught in 5 lessons of 80 minutes per week. This gives each student almost 6.5 hours of science per week.
The table below lists to topics taught in each of the science disciplines throughout KS4.
|Unit 1: Biology 1||Unit 1: Chemistry 1||Unit 1: Physics 1|
|B1.1 Keeping healthy||C1.1 The fundamental ideas in chemistry||P1.1 The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which
that energy is transferred
|B1.2 Nerves and hormones||C1.2 Limestone and building materials||P1.2 Energy and efficiency|
|B1.3 The use and abuse of drugs||C1.3 Metals and their uses||P1.3 The usefulness of electrical appliances|
|B1.4 Interdependence and adaptation||C1.4 Crude oil and fuels||P1.4 Methods we use to generate electricity|
|B1.5 Energy and biomass in food chains||C1.5 Other useful substances from crude oil||P1.5 The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is
|B1.6 Waste materials from plants and animals||C1.6 Plant oils and their uses|
|B1.7 Genetic variation and its control||C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere|
|Unit 2: Biology 2||Unit 2: Chemistry 2||Unit 2: Physics 2|
|B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport||C2.1 Structure and bonding||P2.1 Forces and their effects|
|B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems||C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances||P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down|
|B2.3 Photosynthesis||C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry||P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits|
|B2.4 Organisms and their environment||C2.4 Rates of reaction||P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances|
|B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses||C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions||P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their
|B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration||C2.6 Acids, bases and salts||P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion|
|B2.7 Cell division and inheritance||C2.7 Electrolysis|
|Unit 3: Biology 3||Unit 3: Chemistry 3||Unit 3: Physics 3|
|B3.1 Movement of molecules in and out of cells||C3.1 The periodic table||P3.1 Medical applications of physics|
|B3.2 Transport systems in plants and animals||C3.2 Water||P3.2 Using physics to make things work|
|B3.3 Homeostasis||C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy change||P3.3 Keeping things moving|
|B3.4 Humans and their environment||C3.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistry|
|C3.5 The production of ammonia|
|C3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters|
What happens in lessons?
Students will experience a range of learning activities (project based learning, conduct independent research etc.) all tailored to suit their emerging needs. A significant portion of the course will involve practical work that helps develop students’ conceptual understanding. Students will use an objective but critical approach to solve problems and uncover some of the fundamental scientific ideas that affect the world.
How will I be assessed?
Formal assessment for each science will comprise of the following:
Unit 1: 1 hour written examination worth 25% of the total marks..
Unit 2: 1 hour written examination worth 25% of the total marks.
Unit 3: 1 hour written examination worth 25% of the total marks.
Unit 4: Controlled assessment practical investigative skills assessment (ISA) worth 25% of the total marks.
What skills will I need?
To succeed in all scientific disciplines offered at Clifton, it is essential for the student to show a deep interest in the world around them and a desire to understand, evaluate and explain it as fully as possible. Students will understand the need to develop their practical skills so that they can collect precise data through the use of a range of measurement techniques that helps the formation of valid ideas and informs their judgements.
You need to be good at maths and general science but enthusiasm about learning science is also very important.
An important skill required is the ability to work independently for substantial periods of time in order to supplement your classroom studies. Studying separate science requires a high level of commitment as there will be almost 6.5 hours of science lessons each week and the pace within these lessons is high due to the demand of the course and the time allocated to deliver the subject content.