Science

We have an enthusiastic and skilled team of Science teachers who deliver Biology, Chemistry and Physics to all year groups in the school. At KS3 our students develop the skills required to be logical, analytical and evaluative. In KS4 our students build on the skills required to work scientifically through a programme which stretches and engages them whilst preparing them for the challenge of linear examinations. When our students reach KS5, we broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our A Level courses inspire and provide interesting academic challenge which will prepare our students for undergraduate study. Staff.

We have developed an enthusiastic and skilled Science Team and have specialists in all areas of Science. All of the team are committed to getting the very best out of our students.

Teaching Staff                     
Mrs C Adams - Teacher of Science   Miss W Denton Science Leadership Team (Staff Development & Primary Links)   Mr R Napier - Science Technician
Mr D Aldridge - Science Leadership Team (KS5)   Mrs J Doran - STEM Co-ordinator   Mrs C Norris - Teacher of Science
Ms A Cartmell - Science Leadership Team (KS4)   Mr M Hancock - Science Leadership Team (Teaching & Learning)   Mr C Oliver-Smith - Teacher of Science
Mr C Chakanesta - Science Leadership Team (KS3)   Mrs C Hall - Teacher of Science   Dr C Rock - Teacher of Science
Mr C Connor - Teacher of Science   Mrs J Kenny - Head Science Technician   Miss A Alfred Roy - Teacher of Science
Mrs A Darowska   Teacher of Science   Mr S Mohomed Teacher of Science   Mrs S Royle - Teacher of Science
Mr R Davies - Head of Science   Mrs L Noble Science Technician         
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Key Stage 3 Science

Our Key Stage 3 schemes of learning aim to develop the range of skills that students will need as they progress towards GCSE Science:

  • AO1- Using a range of strategies to find out, understand and recall scientific ideas.
  • AO2- Manipulating data and using it to spot patterns and draw conclusions.
  • AO3- Writing clearly and at length about scientific ideas, reasoning and explanations.
  • AO4- Evaluating theories, methods, data and sources.
  • AO5- Planning scientific investigations and collecting data.

Through their learning students will develop these skills as well as gaining a deeper understanding of key scientific ideas and concepts.

Topics covered in Year 7: 

  • Working ScientificallyScience Department
  • Sound and Light
  • Cells and Systems
  • Particles - Energy
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Reproduction
  • Variation

Topics covered in Year 8:

  • Space
  • Ecology and the Environment
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Forces, Motion and Pressure
  • Bioenergetics
  • The Periodic Table
  • Electricity and Magentism
  • Health and Drugs
Key Stage 4 Science

Coundon Court Science faculty has ten fully equipped laboratories with an excellent team of Biology, Chemistry and Physics specialist teaching staff, supported by three full-time laboratory technicians. Our students will be studying a broad and engaging scientific course which has been developed to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations.

AQA Combined Science Trilogy 8464

At the end of Year 11 students following the combined science course will sit six written exams of 1 hour and 15 minutes, each worth 70 marks and 16.7% of their GCSE; Two in Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding through a selection of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. 

How is the subject examined?

GCSE Combined/Trilogy Science will, like all of core subjects, be examined by written examinations and you will gain a dual graded qualification in the format of 5-6 or 6-6 etc. There will be 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics papers which will be made up of a mixture of multiple choice, structured, short answer and open response questions.

What will I study?

Combined Science overs a wide range of topics across the different disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Biology, you will study Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response, Bioenergetics, Inheritance, Variation, Inheritance, and Ecology. The Chemistry content covers Atomic Structure, Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes, Energy Changes, The Rate and Extent of Change, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources. The Physics modules include Energy, Electricity, Particles, Atomic Structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism.

What Post-16 choices will studying this subject lead to?

GCSE Combined Science is required for a range of technical careers and for higher education courses, including teaching and nursing. Combined Science is worth two GCSEs so even if you do not want to study Science any further, it will be crucial in meeting entry requirements for your next step.Achieving a high grade in GCSE Science could potentially allow you to progress onto our A Level Science courses. It is highly valued and will be important for those looking at Engineering as well as other fields such as Sport or Psychology.

What else should I know about this subject?

Science is becoming increasingly more important, as it is a key driver in the UK economy and will create careers for the young people of our country. The future will be created by the students of today and new and exciting innovations do not come from lone geniuses brooding in laboratories, but from combining technologies that already exist or have recently evolved. A good example is the Google self-driving car, which is made possible not by some startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence but by putting together massive processing power with machine-learning software, detailed mapping and new kinds of sensor technology.

This is just one example amongst thousands of the scientific and technological advances which will shape tomorrow. To play a part in the future you will need to understand the principles of Science behind it. Whichever path you choose, having a good understanding of Science will create opportunities for you.

SPECIFICATIONS

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464) two GCSEs in science, full specification is available at:   http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Specimen papers and mark schemes can be found at;

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/assessment-resources

 

A Level Biology

Governing Body: - AQA Reformed A-level

Year 12 : - (7401 & 7402) 

Course Description

Studying biology A-level is a stepping stone to future study of the sciences, through consultation with universities the specifications allow students to develop the skills that the higher education providers want to see.

The specifications is designed to support and inspire students, nurture a passion for Biology and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like biological sciences and medicine.

Biology is fundamentally an experimental subject. This specification provide numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.

The units of Study include:-

  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
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems 8. The control of gene expression

Assessments

Paper 1: - content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 35% of A-level

Paper 2: - content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 35% of A-level

Paper 3: - content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 30% of A-level includes 25 marks: essay

More details available at: - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

Biology Related Careers

https://societyofbiology.org/careers-and-cpd/careers

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_biology.htm

 

A Level Chemistry

Governing Body

AQA

Course Description

The AQA Chemistry A level course (Specification Reference: 7404; 7405) has been designed to encourage students to develop their knowledge and understanding in order to provide a pathway for higher education as well as enhance their enthusiasm for Chemistry and realisation of its relevance in contemporary issues.

The Chemistry course is split into four sections.

  • Physical Chemistry,
  • Inorganic Chemistry,
  • Organic chemistry, and
  • A Practical Skills Endorsement.

In Year One students will study one Physical, Inorganic and Organic Unit, as well as completing 6 required practicals. In Year 2 the knowledge students have gained is built upon by completing a second Physical, Inorganic and Organic Unit and, 6 more required practicals.

Assessment

Chemistry Assessment Criteria

Careers

Analytical Chemist    Forensic Scientist    Material Engineer
Clinical Biochmist   Medicine   Scientific Writer
Accountant   Scientist, Prodess/Product Development   Research Scientist (Physical Sciences)
         

Resources

To view the full specification click here

The scheme of learning you receive will directly link to the specification and you will be expected to update your scheme of learning lesson by lesson to track the content covered and progress.

There are revision guides to accompany the course and it is always recommended you get one to support your learning throughout the two years.

A level Physics

Course Description

New AQA Physics A level course specification code: 7407; 7408 Exams from: June 2016 (AS only), June 2017 (A-level) The topics covered are shown in the table below:

AS and First Year of A-level Second Year of A-level
  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and energy
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics
  • Thermal physics
  • Fields Nuclear physics
    Plus one option from the following
  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics

There will also be a practical component. Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities which will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

The course is examined at the end of the course in terminal exams. There is no coursework component. Practical skills will be tested as part of the final written exams.

Careers

Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:

  • Geophysicist/field seismologist
  • Healthcare scientist, medical physics
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Meteorologist
  • Structural engineer
  • Acoustic engineer
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Systems developer
  • Technical author.
  • Banking and accountancy
    You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.

Resources

The school will provide all students with access at home to a text book designed specifically for the course.

Students need to bring:  

  • Black/red/green pens
  • Scientific calculator
  • Sharp pencils, or 0.5mm propelling pencils
  • 30 cm ruler
  • Protractor
  • A4 folder and dividers to organise their notes.

It is optional to buy a revision guide, but good ones include:

  • Physics: Revision Guide by CGP Books
  • AS and A2 Physics: Study Guide (Letts A Level Success) by LETTS
  • AS and A Level Physics Through Diagrams: Oxford Revision Guides

The best idea is to browse at the available revision guides and buy one that suits your style of learning. If buying a second hand revision guide, check that it covers the AQA-A (pre 2015 course). New revision guides need to cover the AQA course (2016+ new course).

Requirements

Students need a good Science or Physics GCSE grade. It is not a requirement of the course to do A level Maths but a good Maths GCSE grade is essential.

Links

New AQA Physics course

Careers ideas and courses opened up by doing Physics A level:

Physics Careers

Bestcourse4me

Institute of Physics Careers

 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Forensic Science)

The course builds on scientific skills and understanding developed in GCSE Science. The emphasis is on real-life applications of scientific concepts and the specification covers the use of biological, chemical and physical techniques in the scientific workplace. The qualification will give an understanding of the essential skills and attitudes to begin a professional career . Employment opportunities available to science technicians will also be highlighted.

Unit Unit Title Mode of Assessment Brief Outline
1 Principles and Applications of Science
(90 credits)

External Examination

This unit will be assess through a 90-minute written exam worth 90 marks

The topic areas covered in this unit include:
Animal and plant cells
Atomic structure and bonding
Chemical and physical properties fo substances related to their uses
Waves and their application in communications
2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
(90 credits)
Internal Assessment This unit introduces students to standard laboratory equipment and techniques, including
Titration
Coloimetry
Chromatography
Calibration procedures and laboratory safety
3 Science Investigation Skills

External Assessment

Assessed through completion of a practical investigate and written task wor 60 marks
(90minutes in total)

In this unit students will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planint a scientific investigation:
How to record, interpret, draw conclusions and evaluate

# An Additional Unit Internal Assessment Physiology of Human Systems.
Students will study the Musculoskeletal, Lymphatic and Digestive Systems

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses.The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses.

For example, taken alongside:

A Level in Psychology and BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport to progress to sport psychology courses.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care to progress to nursing courses.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science to progress to sport and exercise science courses.