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Welcome to Science at North Chadderton School

GCSE

 

 

 

AWARDING BODY AQA
SCIENCE CURRICULUM INTENT

Our aim is to deliver a Science mastery curriculum in which key scientific knowledge and skills are built in a sequential and connected manner. There are four key elements which underpin our curriculum:

1. Factual and conceptual understanding So that students acquire accurate factual knowledge, can make links between topics, represent concepts using objects, pictures, models and analogies and recognise how scientific understanding evolves over time.

2. Maths, practical and enquiry skills So that students can investigate scientific questions using a range of practical skills, develop their procedural knowledge, think numerically and can evaluate experimental design.

3. Scientific language, literacy, and communication So that students can present scientific information accurately, use scientific language and discuss scientific ideas

4. Application of learning to new scenarios and to solve problems So that students can use their knowledge and skills in new concepts to answer questions, solve problems and explain observations.

WHY SCIENCE?

Science is everywhere and we are surrounded by the products of Science everyday. Whenever we use a mobile phone or get on a bus, we are using Science! Studying this subject helps us to understand the world around us, so that we can thrive in the increasingly scientific world of today. Science helps us to understand our origins and gain a better knowledge of how and why things function, from the complex workings of the human body to the techniques of transportation.  

Studying Science also develops problem solving and critical thinking skills and provides the ability to learn complex ideas. These skills are vital in allowing us to make informed decisions about aspects of our everyday lives, understand new concepts and pursue new interests.  

Science is practical in nature and so provides the opportunity to test out theories and put ideas into practice so that you can make observations, analyse data and draw valid conclusions, all of which are transferable skills that will benefit you in all aspects of your life.

COMBINED AND TRIPLE SCIENCE

All Year 10 and 11 students will either study GCSE Combined Science (worth two GCSEs) or Triple Science (worth three GCSEs). Both pathways involve studying a range of scientific concepts across the three disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics however Triple Science involves studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics in greater depth. 

Due to the challenging nature of studying the separate sciences, the Triple Science pathway will be offered to a number of students at the end of Year 9 who have demonstrated excellent progress, effort and attitude to learning. It is advised that those students who are looking to progress on to Science A Levels opt for the Triple Science pathway, however it is not essential and students who have studied the Combined Science course are able to continue with Science A Levels, provided they meet the sixth form entry requirements for Science subjects. We also offer the Applied Science BTEC course at KS5 for students who are suited to a more vocational pathway and all students who meet the entry requirements are eligible for this course, irrespective of whether they have studied Combined or Triple Science at GCSE.

   

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Analysis

Research

Presentation of Data

Mathematics

Self-management and resilience

Forming conclusions based on evidence

Time management

Abstract reasoning

Collaboration

Global mindedness

 

SUBJECTS THAT GO WELL WITH THIS ONE

Geography

Mathematics

Psychology

 

KEY INFORMATION

Head of Subject

Dr K Evans

Contact Details

kevans@northchadderton.oldham.sch.uk

Method of assessment

100% Examination