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Science

The Science Department are a forward thinking and enthusiastic team dedicated to making science accessible and engaging students in the wonder of the world around them. We do this through linking to the real world and practical work to make key concepts understandable.

The Science department will ensure that all students meet or exceed their potential. We will encourage students to develop a curiosity about the world around them and how science is used in everyday life. We will motivate students to consider occupations and careers which involve science.

The Science department aims to ensure every child is able to understand and critically evaluate any scientific problem they may be faced with in an ever-changing, modern world. Through the courses that we offer, we seek to provide an inspiring range of experiences both in and outside the classroom.

The department has 8 science labs. Each lab is well equipped to allow all types of Biology, Chemistry and Physics practical work to be completed. The science department has 11 full and part time specialist staff and 3 technical staff that support the practical work in science.

Subject Leader: Mr M Worrell (mworrell@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 3

Students follow the AQA KS3 Specification with Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught by one or two teachers. There is a direct link to what will be studied in Key Stage 4 in Combined Science Trilogy GCSE. Aspects of the Activate Course are used. 

Year 7

  • Cells
  • Body Systems
  • Reproduction
  • Particles
  • Elements
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space

Year 8

  • Health
  • Ecosystems
  • Inheritance
  • Periodic Table
  • Metals
  • The Earth
  • Electricity
  • Energy
  • Motion and Pressure

Key Stage 4 – Combined Science Trilogy GCSE (worth two GCSEs)

Exam board: AQA

Students studying Combined Science Trilogy will be taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics which will be examined through 6 exam papers: two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. There will also be a series of required practicals for each subject which will be undertaken in class and examined in the summer 2019 (year 11) or 2020 (year 10) exam papers. 

Year 9

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes and Energy changes.
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter and Atomic structure

Year 10

  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry;
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Year 11

  • For 2018 2019 only, Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Revision of year 9 and Year 10 topics
  • Exam preparation and practice

Key Stage 5

Level 3 extended certificate in Applied Science

Exam board: AQA

The Level 3 extended certificate in Applied Science allows students the opportunity to further pursue their interests and develop their ability and understanding in Science further in years 12 & 13. This course will allow students the opportunity to move into future career pathways including Forensic Science, Ministry of defence, Sports Science and animal management. The course is a mixture of portfolio research work and external examinations.

We currently follow the AQA Level 3 extended certificate in Applied Science which is supported by the following institutions:-

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Birmingham City University
  • University of Bolton
  • Edge Hill University
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of South Wales
  • Southampton University
  • University of Sunderland
  • Teesside University
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • York St John University.
  • The qualification has also been supported by:
  • Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WiSET) wiset.org.uk
  • University of York Science Education Group uyseg.org
  • The Association for Science Education ase.org.uk

Year 12

Unit 1  Key concepts in Science (Written examination)

Unit 2  Applied experimental techniques (Portfolio)

Unit 3  Science in the modern world (Written examination with pre-release material)

Year 13

Unit 4      The human body (Written exam)

Unit 5       Investigating Science (Portfolio)

Unit 6       Microbiology (Portfolio)

Chemistry

Exam board: OCR A

GCE A Level Chemistry allows students the opportunity to further pursue their interests and develop their ability and understanding in Chemistry further in years 12 & 13. This course will allow the students the opportunity to move into further education to support any future career pathways including Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmacy and most other scientific careers. Lessons involve high level teacher led discussion and modelling, exam practice and technique, independent research and practical activities, and are assessed via three linear exams at the end of year 13.

We currently follow the OCR Chemistry A (from 2015) Specifications.

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015/

Year 12

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Year 13

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Biology

Exam board: OCR A

GCE A Level Biology allows students the opportunity to further pursue their interests and develop their ability and understanding in Biology further in years 12 & 13. This course will allow the students the opportunity to move into further education to support any future career pathways including Medicine, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacy and most other scientific careers. Lessons involve high level teacher led discussion and modelling, exam practice and technique, independent research and practical activities, and are assessed via three linear exams at the end of year 13.

We currently follow the OCR Biology A (from 2015) Specifications.

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015/

Year 12

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology

Module 2 – Foundations in biology

Module 3 – Exchange and transport

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Year 13

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems