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Science

Welcome to the Science Faculty at New College Leicester.

Science is a vital subject in today’s modern technological society. Students will learn and practice both applying knowledge and demonstrating skills during their time studying Science over the five years.

At New College Leicester we aim to deliver lessons which are engaging, interesting and challenge students to think about the world they live in, so they become competent young scientists.

Students will study content from all three of the Science disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. During their learning journey they will discover links between KS3 and KS4 science enabling them to aspire to succeed in their GCSE examinations.

Science is taught by a team of specialist teachers with a wide and extensive range of knowledge. The teachers have high expectations and high aspirations for the students they teach. The faculty is exceptionally well resourced ensuring the curriculum is delivered with plenty of opportunities for practical learning.

New College Leicester is a fully inclusive school which is why we offer multiple courses in Science at GCSE. We offer both a combined Science course worth two GCSE’s and a triple course worth three GCSE’s, to ensure all students are challenged to achieve their potential.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students will be following the AQA KS3 scheme of work, designed to lead them into the start of their GCSE in the second half of Year 9. The lessons are designed to improve the students’ key scientific skills, as well as their knowledge in key areas of science.

Key scientific enquiry skills include analysis, communication, enquiry and solving. These ideas are discussed to allow the students enter their GCSE study with a level of proficiency. Coupling this with the big ideas’ principle, which links all the key concepts together to give a greater understanding of the world around them.

The big ideas of Science are taught in topics, with all the classes learning the same thing at the same time. At the end of each unit (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), there will be a cumulative test to ensure students are provided with opportunities to reflect on the progress they have made.

Teaching Schedule for KS3:

Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn term Cells and organisation
The skeletal and muscular system
Nutrition and digestion
Gas exchange Systems
Respiration
Reproduction in Plants
Photosynthesis
Relationships in an ecosystem
Genetics and evolution
Health
Earth and Atmosphere
Waves
Spring term Matter
Atoms, elements and compounds
The Periodic Table
Pure and impure substances
Chemical reactions
Energetics
Materials
GCSE
Summer term Energy
Motion and Forces
Matter
Electricity and electromagnetism
GCSE

KS3 Assessment

Students will be examined throughout each year on both knowledge and skills.

  • There will be a skills assessment at the start and end of each year
  • There will be synoptic tests throughout the year, one for each; biology, chemistry and physics to assess knowledge and application of knowledge
  • Key Stage 4

    In Years 9, 10 and 11 students are studying either for AQA Combined Science: Trilogy or three separate Science GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, over 2½ years.

    Combined Science: Trilogy

    AQA GCSE Combined Science GCSE is a double award: equivalent to two GCSE’s. Students will learn Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are taught more in depth and separately. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills.

    Triple Science

    Separate Science GCSEs are offered to students also, these are similar to Combined Science but study each of the sciences in more depth. Students get a separate grade for each discipline.

    Teaching Schedule for KS4:

    Term Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
    Autumn term KS3 Chemical Calculations
    Chemical Changes
    Electrolysis
    Energy Changes
    Electricity
    Diseases
    Ecology
    Waves
    Magnetism
    The Earth’s Resources
    Space
    Spring term Cells and Transport
    Cell Division
    Organisation and the digestive system
    Energy
    Photosynthesis
    Respiration
    Matter
    Radioactivity
    Rates of Reation
    Organic Chemistry
    Chemical Analysis
    Revision for GCSEs
    Summer term Atomic Structure
    The Periodic Table
    Structure and Bonding
    Forces
    Homeostasis and Hormones
    Genetics and Evolution
    Chemistry of the Atmosphere
    Revision for GCSEs

     
    KS4 Assessment

    Students will be assessed throughout the years on both knowledge and skills. Students will sit a synoptic test each half term and will sit 3 exams in the summer, one for each; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

    GCSE Examinations

  • Students will sit 6 papers. 2 Biology papers, 2 Chemistry papers and 2 Physics papers
  • For combined students, the papers are 1hr15 each
  • For triple students, the papers are 1hr45 each
  • See below for how the papers are split for the content referred to above
  • Paper Biology Chemistry Physics
    1 Cells and Transport
    Organisation
    Disease
    Photosynthesis
    Respiration
    Atomic Structure
    Periodic Table
    Structure and Bonding
    Chemical Calculations
    Chemical Changes
    Electrolysis
    Energy Changes
    Energy
    Electricity
    Matter
    Radioactivity
    2 Homeostasis and Hormones
    Genetics and Evolution
    Ecology
    Rates of Reaction
    Organic Chemistry
    Chemical Analysis
    The Earth’s Atmosphere
    The Earth’s Resources
    Using our Resources
    Forces
    Waves
    Electromagnetism
    Space>

     

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