The QEHS Science department aims to inspire every student to develop and maintain a curiosity to explain the world around them. It aims to enable every student to develop a deep understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics as well as promoting skills of enquiry and the ability to think objectively.
Key stage 3
Key stage 3 students generally follow the Science National Curriculum as well as various content and activities which aim to prepare students for key stage 4.
The Science department does their best to include active approaches in their lessons ensuring each pupil is catered for on an individual basis. Where ever possible lessons are made relevant to the wider world and students are encouraged to develop skills which will help them not only in science but in many aspects of their life.
Key stage 3 students study a range of different topics in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and frequently cover aspects of ‘how science works’.
Biology topics: Cells and systems, Reproduction, Classification and environment, Microbes and disease, Food and digestion, Respiration, Ecological relationships, Fit and healthy, Plants and photosynthesis, Inheritance and selection.
Chemistry topics: Particles, Acids and alkalis, Chemical reactions, Rocks and weathering, Atoms- elements- compounds and mixtures, Useful chemistry, Metals and reactions
Physics topics: Forces, Energy, Solar system and beyond, Electrical circuits, Heating and cooling, Light, Sound and waves, Speeding up, Pressure and moments, Gravity and space
Key stage 4
Students at QEHS study a minimum of 2 GCSE’s in Science where they study combined science or opt for separate Sciences (Triple Science).
Combined Science comprises of 6 exams with 2 in each Science discipline (Biology Chemistry and Physics). An average of all 6 exams is used to calculate a student’s grade (graded 9-1) which is the double weighted (worth 2 GCSE’S).
At the end of year 9 students are given the option to study Triple Science where they study 3 separate GCSE’S in each Science discipline. Each individual Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) has 2 exams where an average is used to calculate a student’s grade (graded 9-1).
Throughout the GCSE course students will be required to conduct a range of core practical tasks which they will be questioned on within the exam papers.
Overview of the GCSE course:
- Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
- Topic 2 – Cells and control
- Topic 3 – Genetics
- Topic 4– Natural selection and genetic modification
- Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines
- Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
- Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
- Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
- Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles
- Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
- Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
- Topic 3 –Chemical changes
- Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
- Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1 (Triple science only)
- Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
- Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
- Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
- Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2 (Triple science only)
- Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
- Topic 2 – Motion and forces
- Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
- Topic 4 – Waves
- Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
- Topic 6 – Radioactivity
- Topic 7 – Astronomy (Triple science only)
- Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work
- Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
- Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
- Topic 11 – Static electricity (Triple science only)
- Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
- Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
- Topic 14 – Particle model
- Topic 15 – Forces and matter
GCSE Science is often a prerequisite for a wide range of further education courses. To study any of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at A level it is normally a requirement achieve 2 GCSE’s at grade 5 or above to be accepted.
Many other courses such as those in sport, agriculture and engineering often show preference to applicants with strong GCSE’S in Science.
Students with high aspirations and keen interest may also want to consider studying the separate sciences (please see a member of the Science team). Science is arguably the most diverse course that students will study at QEHS with links to the widest range of employment and industry sectors. Students with ambitions to pursue careers in medicine, engineering, agriculture, sport, education and many other professions will have a much greater chance of succeeding with a strong science qualification.