Overview of the Subject
At Guiseley School Science is taught through KS3 and KS4 with all our students receiving essential scientific skills to equip them for further education or working life. Students learn a range of practical skills and will plan and carry out experiments..
Years 7 - 11
KEY STAGE 3
Students in years 7 and 8 all receive 6 lesson of Science per fortnight. They cover a range of topics through these lessons. The topics that we cover are:
- Cells and Reproduction
- Particle, Elements and Compounds
- Forces and Space
- Classification and Differences
- Acids and Chemical Reactions
- Energy and Electricity
- Life Support and Keeping Healthy
- Periodic Tables and Using Elements
- Heating and Cooling, Forces and Motion
- People environment and Shaping Life
- Metal Reactions and Rocks
- Light and Sound
In Year 9 students receive 6 lessons a fortnight and begin GCSE Science and study their first 6 topics which will help guide them in their choice of Core and Additional Science or Triple Science. In Year 10 students follow one of two option routes. Core and Additional Science students receive 10 lessons per fortnight. Triple Science students receive 15 lessons per fortnight.
CORE AND ADDITIONAL SCIENCE
Core Science is made up of 3 examined units and one controlled assessment all have equal weighting. All three examinations will be taken in the summer of Year 10.
Additional Science has a similar composition to core Science. The Additional Science examinations will be taken in the summer of Year 11.
The department follows the EDEXCEL specification which can be accessed using the following links.
Core Science is made up as follows
- B1 Influences of Life
- C1 Chemistry in our world
- P1 Universal Physics
- Controlled Assessment 1
Additional Science is made up as follows
- B2 The components of Life
- C2 Discovering Chemistry
- P2 Physics for your Future
- Controlled Assessment 2
Triple Science students will study the same six units as those who study Core and Additional Science as well as a further three units. All Examinations for triple science will be sat in the summer of Year 11. The final three units can be viewed by clicking on the following link.
The extra units sat by Triple Science students are as follows
- B3 Using Biology
- C3 Chemistry in Action
- P3 Application of Physics
- Controlled Assessment 3
AS LEVEL COURSE
UNIT 1: Atoms Bonds and Groups
- Atoms and Reactions.
- Electrons, Bonding and Structure.
- The Periodic Table.
- This is a 1 hour written exam taken in January and is worth 30% of AS level and 15% of A level mark.
UNIT 2: Chains Energy and Resources
- Basic Concepts and Hydrocarbons.
- Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and Analysis.
- This is a 1 hour 45 min written exam taken in June and is worth 50% of AS level and 25% of A level mark.
UNIT 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1
- AS internal assessment.
- Assessment will be carried out throughout the year and submitted in June. This is worth 20% of AS level and 10% of A level mark.
YEAR 13 A2 LEVEL COURSE
UNIT 4: Rings, Polymers and Analysis
- Rings, Acids and Amines.
- Polymers and Synthesis.
- This is a 1 hour written exam taken in January and is worth 15% of A level mark.
UNIT 5: Equilibrium, Energetics and Elements
- Rates, Equilibrium and pH.
- Transition Elements.
- This is a 1 hour 45 min written exam and is worth 25% of A level mark.
UNIT 6: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2
- A2 internal assessment.
- Assessment will be carried out throughout the year and submitted in June. This is worth 10% of A Level mark.
Features of A Level Biology
A Level Biology grades will only be made up of the exam results students gain at the end of their A Level course. There will be no coursework content but 15% of marks for A Level exams will be based on the understanding and interpretation of practical work. Students will be awarded a separate endorsement of practical skills which will be assessed by teachers.
- Biological molecules
- Exchange and transport
- 76 marks: mixture of short and long answer questions
- 15 marks extended response questions
- Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
- Genetics, populations and evolution systems
- Control of gene expression
- 76 marks: mixture of short and long answer questions
- 15 marks: comprehension question
- All content
- All practical skills
- 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques
- 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data
- 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles
If your interests lie in medicine, pharmacology, genetic engineering, biotechnology or you have a desire to exploit the next technological revolution (computing is so passé…) then the A level Biology course will provide a firm foundation for your future career. It is a challenging and varied subject, covering everything from biochemistry through cells and systems, to how whole organisms interact with their environment. You will visit universities, take part in practicals, and, of course, there is the field trip. It will be hard work, but very rewarding.
Concepts from GCSE Physics are broadened and deepened. At the same time, the mathematical relationships within Physics are developed. AS Physics comprises of three units.
AS Level Structure
Unit 1 (40%)
- Particles and Radiation.
- Electromagnetic Radiation and Quantum Phenomena.
- Current Electricity.
Unit 2 (40%)
Unit 3 (20%)
- Investigative and Practical Skills. Over the year, students complete two practical investigations, in examination conditions. The best of the two is entered towards the exam.
A2 Physics Structure
A2 Physics builds on the key ideas and knowledge covered in AS Physics.
Unit 4 (40%)
- Further Mechanics.
- Electric Fields.
- Magnetic Fields.
Unit 5 (40%)
- Nuclear Energy.
- Thermal Physics.
- Optional Unit, typically Astrophysics which includes Telescopes and Cosmology.
Unit 6 (20%)
Investigative and Practical Skills. Over the year, students complete two practical investigations, in examination conditions. The best of the two is entered towards the exam.