Curriculum aims

Learning and undertaking activities in science contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become: • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of science

The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

Key Stage 4 Science

Core Science

What will I learn? There are six modules:

Biology – Understanding ourselves, understanding the environment.

Chemistry – Carbon Chemistry, rocks and metals.

Physics – Energy for the home, living for the future.

What qualifications will I get?

One GCSE in Science.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of controlled assessments and end of year examinations.

How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do?

It is a foundation for Additional Science. You will not be able to do A or AS Level from Core Science.


Additional Science

What qualities/skills do I need to do this subject? Practical skills involved in carrying out experiments. Mathematical skills including; calculation and drawing graphs, analysing skills to draw conclusions from data. What will I learn? It will develop your interest and enthusiasm for Science. It will develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods. There are six modules:

Biology  –  Living and growing, It’s a green world.
Chemistry  –  The periodic table, chemical economics.
Physics  –  Forces for transport, radiation for life.

What qualifications will I get? One GCSE. How will I be assessed? There are 3 written examinations in total, taken in January and June and a controlled assessment. The written examinations can be retaken once each. How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do? You need Core and Additional Science GCSE to do A Level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Advanced Diploma or BTEC National or to follow on OCR National Award Level 2. Careers in Science include: Nursing; Optician; Mechanical Engineer; Veterinary Services;Medicine

Btec Science

You will learn through completing a number of assignments based on real situations which encourage you to take the initiative and work independently. You don’t take examinations with BTEC. Instead, each assignment you complete goes towards a unit result.

What will I learn? There are six units: Chemistry Applications Physical Science Applications Biological Systems Scientific Principles Science in the World of Work Specialist unit to be decided

How will I be assessed?

For each unit you will keep a portfolio of work which will be submitted for moderation by an external moderator.

How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do?

BTEC can help you qualify to go on to Level 3 qualifications through the BTEC National.