Science

Chemistry: Key Stage 5

For information regarding Chemistry at KS5 please click here.

Biology: Key Stage 4 GCSE

Most pupils follow the WJEC GCSE course for Separate award or Additional award Science.

The list of topics taught and their sub-sections are listed below. The format of this table is used by the pupils on their personal progress-monitoring sheet. It can be used by teachers to keep a record of the work covered by each class.

Biology 1

  • Adaption, evolution and body maintenance
  • Monitoring the environment, energy flow & nutrient transfer
  • Inheritance
  • Variation
  • Evolution
  • Response and Regulation
  • Health

Biology 2

  • Cells and cell processes
  • Substances entering and leaving cells
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Digestion
  • Respiratory system
  • Biodiversity & the environment

Biology 3

  • Plants water and nutrients
  • Blood and circulation
  • Nervous system
  • Role of kidney in homeostasis
  • Microorganisms and disease
  • Microorganisms and their applications

Details of the knowledge and understanding taught can be seen in the syllabus. The courses also include practical investigations for coursework.

Key Stage 5: AS and A Level Courses

The Department teaches the OCR AS and A Level course. The course consists of four modules plus two course-work investigations.

Course Content and Nature of the Work

Students are encouraged to use their initiative and to take responsibility for their progress.  They will need to buy the AS and A level work books which contain the basic work for each unit, but they are also expected to extend their reading on each topic.  The course is demanding, stimulating and requires a high level of commitment in terms of both time and effort. Work is of an investigative nature and so students must be prepared to work and think independently.

Internal Assessment

Students are assessed by a number of methods including structured questions and essays, practical investigations and end of topic tests.

Final Assessment

Written examinations consist of short and long structured questions and those requiring more extended answers.

Examinations take place in January and June. All Units can be re-sat with the best attempt counted toward the final award.

 

Assessment Unit Topic Method/
Duration
AS
weighting
A level weighting
UNIT 1 Cells, Exchange and Transport Written examination: 1 hr. 30 % 15% A

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UNIT 2 Molecules, Biodiversity,
Food and Health
Written examination:
1 hr 45 mins
50 % 25%
UNIT 3 Practical skills in Biology Internal assessments of practical skills done in class 20% 10%
UNIT 4 Communication, Homeostasis and Energy Written examination: 1 hr 15%
UNIT 5 Control, Genomes and Environment Written examination:
1hr. 45 mins
25 %
UNIT 6 Practical skills in Biology  Internal    assessments of practical skills done in class 10%