Head of Department: Mr J Radcliffe
Telephone: 01344 423041
Email: jradcliffe@brakenhale.co.uk

scienceScience is an essential subject which helps students to understand how the world around them works. The students today will be the scientists of tomorrow who will be responsible for solving problems such as Global Warming, Aids and the quest for alternative energy sources.

We aim to foster an enjoyment of learning and to develop a strong curiosity towards scientific concepts and ideas, to encourage students to work collaboratively in groups, to enable students to work safely in the laboratory, to promote independent learning through a variety of different strategies, to produce scientifically literate students who can form their own opinions based on facts and who have the ability to plan a valid investigation and to be able to critically analyse and evaluate experimental data.

In science students are set in ability groups from the January of Year 7. Students have six lessons per fortnight. In Year 7 and Year 8, students rotate through half termly Biology, Chemistry and Physics focussed topics, to give them a solid understanding over a wide breath of content. Students are encouraged to use the CGP KS3 Science Revision Guides to support their learning outside of lessons. Electronic copies of this are available to all students. Students are formally assessed at the end of each topic through the completion of a short exam paper, which tests their content knowledge and application of key Science skills.

In Year 9 students begin studying for their GCSEs. Although they will not sit their formal written exams until Year 11 students start getting to grips with the content early on. For the first half term students work through a “How Science Works” scheme of learning which gives them a key bank of practical, planning, assessment and evaluative skills, which will be built upon over the next three years. Following that, each class will have a specialist Biology, Chemistry and Physics teacher as they cover the first section of the OCR GCSE Combined Science qualification content. There are 6 periods of Science a fortnight. Student progress will be assessed regularly through formal internal exams at Assessment Points throughout the year.

Following from their head start in Year 9, students will continue to cover the GCSE Combined Science content, with their three subject specialised teachers. Students have three hours a fortnight with each teacher, plus an additional hour in which “How Science Works” content is reviewed and the focus is on exam preparation. Students will learn how to work independently and to form their own opinions on topical scientific issues covered in the media. The new GCSE Science qualifications do not contain a practical assessment exam, but students will participate in several key practical investigations throughout the year, which will be formally recorded in a log.

In Year 11 students will either consolidate their knowledge of the GCSE Combined Science content and begin exam preparation, or they will cover the additional content needed to sit the GCSE Separate Science qualifications. Again, classes will have three subject specialist teachers and will have a total of 9 hours a fortnight for Science. The route students take will be decided based upon a review of their progress over Years 9 and 10. GCSE Combined Science will provide students with two GCSEs, whilst GCSE Separate Sciences (more demanding) will mean students achieve 3 GCSEs for Science.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered at AS/A2 Level.

Each Science is an important subject in its own right with many applications and implications within modern society. Students are encouraged to sustain and develop their enjoyment of, and interest in, their chosen area, to show knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of the Science and to make and use connections between them. Students will regularly take part in practical work and activities which require application of new knowledge. Students cover a wide range of subject content in depth. Our aim is to inspire and prepare students for Science studies at a higher level, such as a University degree, or a practical-based apprenticeship.

For Biology, Chemistry and Physics, students may opt to complete the AS level (exams in May/June of Year 12) or the full A level (all exams are terminal, in the May/June of Year 13). Entry requirements for Science and Maths GCSEs will be in place and these will be confirmed in the P16 prospectus. Students will be encouraged to partake in independent study outside of lessons to support their progress. Formal assessments will take place throughout the year, with two round of Mock exams in addition to in-class assessments. Practical log books will be completed as evidence of demonstrating key skills and this will form an additional “Pass”/”Fail” component to the overall grade achieved.

We also offer the EdExcel Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science, which consists of a variety of modules linking key Science content to applications in the real world. Topics range from designing scientific laboratories, to the use of titration techniques in preparing standard solutions in industry. Students can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

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