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Science

Subject: Science
Contact: Mr A Jones

KS5

Overview – Biology 

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA A Level Biology specification (7401/7402). The course covers all aspects of biological science ranging from cell structure to genetics to ecosystems. Students study Biology over 9 hours per fortnight and co-taught by two teachers.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

1. Biological Molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships between Organisms

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms

Year 13

6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8. The control of gene expression

Revision

Assessment components

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Non-Exam Assessment

What's assessed

Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

What's assessed

Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills

What's assessed

Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills

What’s assessed

Separate endorsement for practical mastery across Biology

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

91 marks

35% of A-level

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

91 marks

35% of A-level

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

78 marks

30% of A-level

How it’s assessed

5 separate competencies assessed across 12 required practical tasks

Questions

76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

15 marks: extended response questions

Questions

76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

15 marks: comprehension question

Questions

38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques

15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data

25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles

 

Overview – Chemistry 

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA A Level Chemistry specification (7404/7405). The course covers all aspects of chemical science across Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. Students study Chemistry over 9 hours per fortnight and co-taught by two teachers.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

3.1.1 Atomic structure

3.1.2 Amount of substance

3.1.3 Bonding

3.1.4 Energetics

3.1.5 Kinetics

3.1.6 Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc

3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry

3.3.2 Alkanes

3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes

3.3.4 Alkenes

3.2.1 Periodicity

3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens

3.3.5 Alcohols

3.3.6 Organic analysis

Year 13

3.1.8 Thermodynamics

3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

3.1.12 Acids and bases

3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

3.2.5 Transition metals

3.3.7 Optical isomerism

3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones

3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives

3.1.9 Rate equations

3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems

3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry

3.3.11 Amines

3.3.12 Polymers

3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA

3.3.14 Organic synthesis

3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

3.3.16 Chromatography

Revision

Assessment Components

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Non-Exam Assessment

What's assessed

Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12)

Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)

Relevant practical skills

What's assessed

Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)

Organic chemistry (section 3.3)

Relevant practical skills

What's assessed

Any content

Any practical skills

What’s assessed

Separate endorsement for practical mastery across Chemistry

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

105 marks

35% of A-level

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

105 marks

35% of A-level

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

90 marks

30% of A-level

How it’s assessed

5 separate competencies assessed across 12 required practical tasks

Questions

105 marks of short and long answer questions

Questions

105 marks of short and long answer questions

Questions

40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis

20 marks of questions testing across the specification

30 marks of multiple choice questions

 

Overview – Physics 

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA A Level Physics specification (7407/7408). The course covers all aspects of physical science ranging from Forces to Electricity to Radioactivity. Students study Physics over 9 hours per fortnight and co-taught by two teachers. During Year 13, students follow an optional module.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

  • 1 Measurements and their errors
  • 2 Particles and radiation
  • 3 Waves
  • 4 Mechanics and materials
  • 5 Electricity

Year 13

  • 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • 7 Fields and their consequences

8 Nuclear physics

One Optional module from:

  • 9 Astrophysics
  • 10 Medical physics
  • 11 Engineering physics
  • 12 Turning points in physics
  • 13 Electronics

Revision

Assessment Components

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Non-Exam Assessment

What's assessed

Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

What's assessed

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

What's assessed

Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

What’s assessed

Separate endorsement for practical mastery across Physics

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

85 marks

34% of A-level

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

85 marks

34% of A-level

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

80 marks

32% of A-level

How it’s assessed

5 separate competencies assessed across 12 required practical tasks

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Questions

45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.

35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

 

Enrichment opportunities:

Key Stage 4 and 5 Revision Sessions: Days vary

Useful websites to support learning

AQA Science website
BBC Bitesize website