We use the Exploring Science suite of resources that covers the National curriculum content. KS3 students work scientifically as well as with mathematical concepts that are closely linked to the KS3 Maths curriculum. KS3 Science follows a two year course in line with National Curriculum expectations; students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as distinct subjects in their lessons and the topics with these subjects include:
Biology: Cells, tissues, organs and systems; Sexual reproduction in animals; Muscles and bones; Ecosystems; Food and nutrition; Plants and their reproduction; Breathing and Respiration; Unicellular organisms.
Chemistry: Mixtures and separation; Acids and bases; Particle model; Atoms, elements and compounds; Combustion; The Periodic table; Metals and their uses; Rocks.
Physics: Energy; Current electricity; Forces; Sound; Fluids; Light; Energy transfers; Earth an space.
The knowledge and skills the students gain in their KS3 lessons fosters a deep understanding and enjoyment of the three Sciences moreover it prepares them well for their future KS4 studies.
Students are entered for Edexcel Combined Science or Edexcel Separate Sciences.
All students are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics as distinct subjects.
The topics common to Combined Science and Separate Sciences include:
Biology: Key concepts in biology; Cells and control; Genetics; Natural selection and genetic modification; Health, disease and the development of medicines; Plant structures and their functions; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Exchange and transport in animals; Ecosystem and Material cycles.
Physics: Key concepts in Physics; Motion and Forces; Conservation of energy; Waves; light and the electromagnetic spectrum; radioactivity; Energy and forces doing work; Forces and their effects; Electricity and circuits; Magnetism and the motor effect; Electromagnetic induction; Particle model; Forces and matter.
Chemistry: Key concepts in Chemistry; The periodic table; Ionic bonding; covalent bonding; Types of substance; Calculations involving masses; States of matter; Separating and purifying substances; Acids; Electrolytic processes; Obtaining and using metals; Reversible reactions and equilibrium; Groups in the periodic table; rates of reaction and energy changes; Fuels and Earth science; earth and atmospheric science.
The topics that are included in Separate Sciences only include:
Biology: Separate Science students are taught the same material as the Combined Science students however, within many of the modules there is additional content that must be studied in order to gain the GCSE Biology award.
Chemistry: As above, however the following additional modules must also be studied. Dynamic equilibrium; Chemical cells and fuel cells; Tests for ions, Hydrocarbons; Polymers; Alcohols and carboxylic acids; Bulk surface properties of matter.
Physics: Separate Science students are taught the same material as Combined Science students however, the following additional modules are also studied; Astronomy and Static electricity.
GCSE Combined Science
Pathways into further education – what courses can students’ progress onto?
Good qualifications in Combined and Separate Science allow students to further their scientific studies in Further Education, which can then open many doors to STEM careers. A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are the traditional routes for students that have gained good grades in their GCSE science studies. However, NVQs and BTECs in Science are also a possible route for students interested in pursuing Science at a higher level of study.
Job opportunities – where will your course guide them to?
As an enabling subject Science plays an important role in ensuring that students are equipped for whatever future study they choose, and a good background in their Science studies stands them in good stead for entering any of the numerous STEM careers. Almost any career can be pursued with good Science qualifications, but particularly medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, research and development as well as manufacturing and service industry careers.Back to Departments