At Key Stage 3 students follow a theme based skills curriculum in Science where scientific knowledge is mapped to skills such as developing communication, thinking, ICT and number.
Themes studied at KS3 include ‘Life’, ‘Llandudno’, ‘ Crime’, ‘Sports Science’, ‘Save the Planet’, ‘Popular Science’, ‘in the Wild’ and ‘Science in the Movies’.
All themes illustrate the relevance of the Science studied and are very practically based.
Students are assessed through ‘teacher assessed ‘ activities in class throughout a theme and by an ‘end of term test’ to check understanding of the work covered.
Skills day activities and Eisteddfod competitions link directly to the work covered in class.
At Key Stage 4 there are two routes to obtain qualifications in Science.
There is the more traditional GCSE ‘Core’ and ‘Additional Science’ courses leading to 2 GCSE’s in Science. ‘Core Science’ is studied and examined in Year 10 and ‘Additional Science’ is studied and examined in Year 11. Both courses are taught through the three Science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
These courses are 75% exam based and 25% based on practical assessment tasks taken throughout the two years. Practical work is a vital element throughout the course and it is clearly integrated with the theory work covered. Skills in numeracy, ICT , problem solving and communication are also developed throughout the course. This course is a good base from which to study A-level courses in Science subjects.
The other Science course is BTEC Applied Science Level 2 Extended Certificate (equivalent to 2 GCSE’s) studied over 2 years. The units studied in Year 10 are ‘Chemistry and Our Earth’, ‘Energy and our Universe’ and ‘ Biology and Our Environment’. Optional units are studied in Year 11.
There are NO examinations in this course and students are continually assessed in a number of ways, including presentations, posters, practical work and research. On successful completion of this course you can go onto the sixth form to complete a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (equivalent to A-level).
Visit the Science department’s learning resource page, featuring revision notes and useful links, check lists and part papers.