Science

Head of Faculty

Mr Phil Gomersal

Introduction

Ultimately, Science is about where the human race, the Earth and the Universe came from. It is vital for students to have a solid grounding in science. Our staff make studying Science an interesting, stimulating and accessible experience. It is also challenging, but students are treated as individuals and staff provide the support which students need to help them to succeed.

What is taught by year:

Year 7

  • Cells
  • Reproduction
  • Variation
  • Classification
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Particles
  • Elements and Compounds
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Space

Year 8

  • Life Processes
  • Health and Diseases
  • Breeding, Genetic Modification and Engineering
  • People and the Environment
  • The Periodic Table
  • Structures and Properties of Materials
  • Metals
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Forces
  • Light

Year 9

All students will cover:

  • Life Processes
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Energy and Electricity

Some students will start GCSE in the second half term and cover:

Physics

  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Energy

Biology

  • Food chains
  • Ecosystems
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Water cycle
  • Transport of molecules
  • Genetic variation
  • Evolution
  • Biodiversity

Chemistry

  • Chemical reactions
  • Air quality and the evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere (inc climate change)
  • The study of polymers and nanoparticles

The remaining students who don’t start GCSE at this point will complete a bridging course between KS3 and KS4 which covers the material below:

Biology

  • Evolution, life processes, genetics

Physics

  • Electricity, forces, radioactivity, space and waves

Chemistry

  • Chemical properties, materials and fuels

Year 10

Physics

  • Energy Sources
  • Forces, momentum, energy

Separate science students will also cover:

  • Electricity
  • Radioactivity

Biology

  • Interdependence
  • Energy flow
  • Carbon / Nitrogen cycle
  • Evolution
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainability
  • Life processes
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Transport of molecules

Separate science students will also cover:

  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • Fertilisation
  • Embryo development
  • Stem cells
  • DNA
  • Protein synthesis
  • Behaviour
  • Nervous system
  • Brain
  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Chemistry
  • Risks and benefits of Chemicals
  • The Periodic Table
  • Chemicals and the environment

Separate science students will also cover:

  • Chemical Synthesis

Year 11

Physics

Students not doing separate sciences:

  • Electricity
  • Radioactivity

Separate science students only:

  • Astronomy (Separate Sciences only)

Biology

Students not doing separate sciences:

  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • Fertilisation
  • Embryo development
  • Stem cells
  • DNA
  • Protein synthesis
  • Behaviour
  • Nervous system
  • Brain
  • Memory
  • Learning

Separate science students only:

  • Skeleton
  • Joints
  • Fitness
  • Circulatory system
  • Homeostasis
  • Ecosystems
  • Sustainability
  • Genetic modification
  • DNA profiling
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomedical engineering

Chemistry

Students not doing separate sciences:

  • Chemical Synthesis

Separate science students only:

  • Organic Chemistry, Energy and analytical Chemistry

BTEC

Unit 1 (Examined unit)

  • Energy & waves
  • Cells & genetics
  • Atoms & periodic table

Unit 2

  • Chemical reactions
  • Chemical properties

Unit 3

  • Radioactivity
  • Electricity
  • Space

Unit 4

  • Organisms & relationships eg food webs
  • Human health
  • Human effect on ecosystems

Year 12

Physics

  • Forces, motion and energy
  • Waves (inc refraction, polarisation, diffraction, electrons as waves)
  • Optics
  • Particle/wave model of light
  • Line spectra
  • Materials and their properties
  • Electrical circuits (inc electronic materials and components)

Biology

TOPIC 1:

  • What is CVD?
  • Who is at risk of CVD?
  • Risk factors for CVD
  • Reducing the risks of CVD

TOPIC 2:

  • The effects of cystic fibrosis on the lungs?
  • Why is CF mucus so sticky?
  • How does CF affect other body systems?
  • How is the CFTR protein made?
  • What can go wrong with DNA?
  • How is CF inherited?
  • Testing for CF

TOPIC 3:

  • Fertilisation
  • The cell cycle
  • How development is controlled
  • Genes and environment

TOPIC 4:

  • Why are there so many different species?
  • How did organisms become so well adapted?
  • Quantifying biodiversity
  • Making use of biodiversity
  • On the brink of extinction

Chemistry

  • Elements of Life – where do the elements come from and how are they bonded together
  • Developing Fuels – the role of both fossil fuels and sustainable fuels for the future
  • Elements from the Sea – the vital metals and non-metals in the sea
  • The Ozone Story – chemistry of the atmosphere and how the ozone layer protects life on earth
  • What’s in a Medicine – knowledge of how medicines are developed

BTEC Applied Science Level 3

Unit 1

  • Cells & tissues
  • Atomic structure & substance properties
  • Waves and communication

Unit 2

  • Quantitative laboratory techniques
  • Laboratory safety

Year 13

Physics

  • Electrical circuits (inc capacitance, sensing)
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Momentum (inc impulse, momentum conservation)
  • Display units
  • Fibre optic cables
  • Particle physics (inc circular motion)
  • Waves and their properties (builds on Year 12)
  • Astrophysics (Builds on GCSE Astrophysics unit)

Biology

TOPIC 5:

  • Ecosystems
  • Climate change
  • Predictions of future climates
  • Adaptations
  • Sustainability

TOPIC 6:

  • Forensic Biology
  • The body’s response to infection
  • Preventions of infection
  • Treatments for infection

TOPIC 7:

  • Movement
  • Energy
  • Homeostasis
  • Improving on nature

TOPIC 8:

  • Nervous system
  • The brain
  • Visual development
  • Learning and memory

Chemistry

  • The Chemical Industry – how industrial processes such as making fertilisers benefit mankind
  • Polymers & Life – the chemical theory of proteins, DNA and biochemistry
  • Oceans – a study of acidity, alkalinity and dissolving processes
  • Developing Metals – the importance of metals such as iron, copper, titanium and nickel
  • Colour by Design – the use of chemistry to provides dyes and colour

BTEC Applied Science Level 3

Unit 3

Planning and performing a Scientific investigation

Unit 4

New specification, to be confirmed.