Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website: AQA – Assessment and Qualifications Alliance
|Science Curriculum Summary|
There is no better way to learn about science than through purposeful, practical activites with enquiry and engagement at their core. During Key Stage 3 science at Swanmore, pupils are able to explore a wide range of areas covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, ranging from Infection and Response, to Chemical Reactions and Energy.
Our curriculum has been carefully designed to introduce topics to pupils that are then revisited in greater detail at Key Stage 4. Pupils are given the opportunities to explore their own ideas through exciting and challenging practical work, that never stops them asking “why?”
Through a pacey, precise and engaging curriculum, pupils are taught how to refine their scientific thinking, practical skills and ability to think outside the box.
Pupils begin their GCSE preparation in Year 9 with the aim to have covered the majority of the curriculum by the end of Year 10. This leaves Year 11 for further mastery and practice.
‘Working Scientifically’ is at the heart of Key Stage 4 science – through exciting and relevant practical elements that are embedded into each topic, pupils refine their scientific skills – ranging from developing their own hypotheses, to evaluating methods and reviewing data.
Pupils study either one of two courses – Trilogy or Separate Sciences.
Trilogy is a double award that is the equivalent of two GCSEs. Trilogy covers key areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. At the end of Year 11, pupils sit six papers (two papers per science) that are all 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.
Selected students will sit the separate science courses. Upon completion, pupils receive three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Separate science is an intensive course that is usually recommended to those who seek a career in science. At the end of Year 11, pupils sit six papers (two papers per science) that are all 1 hour and 45 minutes in length.