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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.

Outline of Course Content

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 run primarily for Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4 the afterschool 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.