SCIENCE FACULTY

Head of Faculty: Laura Asqueth

lasquith@asap.org.uk

Aims

The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

We aim to make a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum by:

Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Y7-8)

Our new two-year Key Stage 3 curriculum sets its sights beyond GCSE from the beginning of Year 7. The AQA syllabus helps to introduce science skills and concepts early, building naturally to more complex ideas and approaches to ensure the students are prepared for their GCSEs. Our GCSE specifications describe content and processes that students need to demonstrate competence in, these areas are developed throughout Key Stage 3 so that students enter Key Stage 4 with a level of proficiency.

At Key Stage 3 students will study Science for 3 hours a week covering a programme of study which lists 140 biology, chemistry and physics ideas. This content is embedded within the 10 big idea headings which are listed below. The big ideas are taught in Year 7 and revisited in Year 8 as part of a spiral curriculum.

Biology Chemistry Physics
Organisms Matter Forces
Ecosystem Reactions Electromagnets
Genes Earth Energy
  Waves

Please visit www.aqa.org.ukfor further information

Key Stage 4 (Y9-11)

At All Saints Academy we offer two routes through Key Stage 4 which start in Year 9, they are:

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Key Stage 5 (Y12-13)

At Key Stage 5 we offer a wide range of science qualifications that will suit all curious minds.

Biology, chemistry and physics

Our biology, chemistry and physics A-Levels follow the OCR syllabus whose aims are to encourage learners to:

Students will also have the opportunity to gain the Practical Endorsement qualification alongside the A-Level by completing a minimum of 12 key practicals within lessons.

Psychology

Our psychology course also follows the OCR syllabus and is designed to provide students with the exciting opportunity to gain an all-round experience psychology, our specification will allow students to:

Please visit www.aqa.org.ukfor further information

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Extended Certificate

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is intended as an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied science sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the applied science sector.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

Optional unit:

Please visit qualifications.pearson.com for further information

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