This course covers all three sciences and leads to two ‘Science’ GCSEs. We teach A-level assuming that students have done this course.
The course includes a number of practicals which are specified by the DfE and we do others as appropriate.
Students are placed in sets using data received from high schools. These sets are amended during the two years depending on achievements at Beauchamp.
5 x 50 minutes
Two grades at GCSE.
These two grades may be different.
For all exams, there are two tiers of entry, Foundation and Higher.
Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology.
Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere.
Forces; Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure.
Groups are taught a unit at a time. One of your teachers will be assigned the role of your science tutor and will have an overview of your work. They will keep a check on your coursework and write your reports.
You will be put into groups based on your performance at High School. These groups are not fixed and we move students between groups if we think it is appropriate. Several of the groups in each population have students with the same range of abilities. Usually, for example, sets 2 – 4 are of very similar ability and most of these students do the higher tier papers.
Students will be taught the content of the higher specification until we are certain that a student cannot cope with this higher level work. This decision is taken for individual students rather than for whole sets.
You will be given the opportunity to solve problems in a scientific way. You will work with ideas about science in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. You will analyse data and will carry out a case study of a topical scientific issue. You will carry out practical investigations and explain your results.
Six exams (no coursework and no controlled assessment):
Each exam is 1 hr 15 mins (70 marks)
Teachers will regularly share with you the data we collect in our database. This will help you to judge how well you are doing. It will also help you and teachers to set targets and to monitor your progress towards meeting them.
Keep your notes up to date and well organised to make learning easier. Complete homework on time to get practice at doing questions. Learn thoroughly for tests to make sure you understand the work as you go along. Read articles and watch TV to broaden your knowledge of up to date applications of science.
This course covers all the work necessary for any of the Science A levels. To be accepted onto a science course you need to achieve at least two ‘B’ grades in Science. In addition to this you also need to achieve a grade ‘C’ or above in English and Mathematics.
Students have five 50 minute science lessons each week. All our science teachers are science graduates.
We run a variety of trips and other extracurricular opportunities for students (often within a STEM context).