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Science 

Overview

Science at Upper Batley High School 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, 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.

Year 7

Learners study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Topics that the learners cover in Year 7:

Cells, Reproduction, Environment and feeding relationships, Variation and classification,  Acids and alkali, Simple chemical reactions,  Solids, liquids and gases,  Solutions,  Energy resources,  Electricity and Electrical circuits,  Forces and their effects, The solar system and beyond,  Food and digestion and  atoms and Elements. 

Year 8

Learners study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Topics that the learners cover in Year 8:

Respiration,  Microbes and disease, Magnets and electromagnets, Heating and cooling,  Sound and hearing,  Fit and healthy,  Plants for food,  Reaction of metals and metal compounds,  Using Chemistry, Energy and electricity,  Speeding up and  Pressure and moments.

In Years 9,10,11

Learners study GCSE Science.

Pathway 1

AQA Triple science leads to 3 GCSEs in Separate Sciences from Year 9 and this leads to 3 separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 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 course is 100% externally assessed units.

Pathway 2

AQA Combined Science. This leads two GCSE (studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics) but not in as much depth as the triple science option. There are two tiers of entry; Higher and Foundation.

Learners who sit the Higher Paper can achieve grades 9-4 and those taking the Foundation Paper can achieve grades 5-1.

The course is 100 % externally assessed. 

Extracurricular and Enrichment Opportunities

There is a Science club every Friday lunch time whilst after school and breakfast revision classes are targeted at exam preparation and extra study for learners who need support for their upcoming exams.

Other Details

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 in English, Maths and Science or above by the end of Year 8 for them to succeed at this option.