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Science

Team Leader: Deborah Gogliormella

Overview

Science at UBHS is an exciting subject which focuses on the teaching of key scientific skills such as investigative, evaluative and communication skills.  It also teaches learners how to apply their numeracy and literacy skills in a real life context.  The department also encourages learners to acquire other transferable skills such as leadership, team working and becoming more independent learners.  At the end of their science education at UBHS, as well as attaining GCSEs, learners will be able to make informed decisions in their life about new scientific developments in the world around them.

KS3 

All learners study Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics in science three times a week.  The topics studied are the key basic science concepts such as living organisms, materials and their properties and energy, Light and space; these are further developed at GCSE in year 9 10 and 11.

KS4

In Year 9 most learners will study AQA Combined Science.

There are three assessment units to study. These are made up of biology, chemistry and physics units. This GCSE is 100% external assessed .Learners will take 6 exams at the end of year 11. Two papers in Biology; Two in Chemistry and Two in Physics. This leads to two GCSEs. There are two tiers of entry, Higher and Foundation. Learners who sit the Higher Paper can achieve grades 9-4. Those taking the Foundation Paper can achieve grades 5-1.

Some learners will study the  AQA Science Trilogy route which will lead to three separate GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  This GCSE is 100% externally assessed.  Learners will take 6 exams at the end of year 11. Two papers in Biology, Two in Chemistry and Two in Physics. This leads to three GCSEs. There are two tiers of entry, Higher and Foundation. Learners who sit the Higher Paper can achieve grades 9-4. Those taking the Foundation Paper can achieve grades 5-1.

The triple science option studies the subjects in greater depth and learners need to demonstrate a good understanding in science and should be working at Grade 4 or above in English, Maths and Science by the end of Year 8 for them to succeed at this option.

In Year 9 learners will be advised as to which GCSE would be a suitable choice for them, based on their attainment at the end of Year 8.  Both Science routes allow progression to    A level in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Some learners will study BTEC Applications in Science and Horticulture which allows progression to vocational A-levels.

This course considers some of the knowledge required by particular scientists and the type of work and investigations that they may undertake in their work. Following this specification will introduce learners to work related learning and equip learners with some of the skills they will need in the workplace or in further education or training.