Science

Information about Science: Key stage 3, Triple Award & Combined Science: Trilogy

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The Science Department aims to consolidate and build on Key Stage 2 Science skills, confidence and understanding to achieve success at all levels.

We do this by providing a safe and secure learning environment that encourages positive behaviours and independent learning with an emphasis on the importance of thorough investigative skills.

The Science Department at Birkdale High School Academy is a young, vibrant, forward thinking hub of activity. The department welcomes new initiatives and believes that the needs of the learner should come first.

The department consists of 7 laboratories and 5 prep rooms. The department is well resourced with a range of practical equipment.

KS3 Overview

We have recently moved to a 2 year key stage 3, which we feel is appropriate for the students to gain fundamental scientific skills and knowledge whilst maximising the time available to secure their learning in the new rigorous science GCSE suite. Students receive 6 lessons of science per fortnight, equally split between the 3 areas of biology, chemistry and physics.

Teaching groups

Year 7

We teach year 7 within their forms. This allows us to build confidence amongst students who will get to know each other well as they learn together in the new laboratory setting. It also allows time for us to evaluate the students accurately in order to set in year 8.

Year 8

Students are divided into sets based on their KS2 results, associated Birkdale High "flightpath" & their average performance in tests throughout the year. Progress of students is monitored throughout the year to ensure setting is appropriate for the individual.

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KS3 Plan

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KS4 Plan

At Key Stage 4 the students will build on their prior learning and follow one of the following pathways: Combined Science: Trilogy, securing 2 GCSE's or Triple Science (GCSE's in biology, chemistry and physics).


Combined Science: Trilogy

Examination Board: AQA (8464

Qualifications: 2 Science GCSEs levels 1 - 9

Most students will study for 2 GCSE grades in 'Combined Science: Trilogy'. On completion, students receive 2 GCSE's levels 1 to 9.

Students will receive 9 lessons of science per fortnight; 3 lessons of the 9 will be covering biology, 3 chemistry and 3 physics. Students will have a specialist teacher for each area.

How is 'Combined Science: Trilogy' Assessed?

At the end of year 11 there are six papers each 75 minutes long: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Each paper carries an equal weighting towards the final grade and will include closed questions, structured questions and questions needing longer answers.

15% of the marks for each paper are related to the designated practical work.

Maths to be assessed on 'Combined Science: Trilogy': 20% (1:2:3 ratio for biology, chemistry and physics)

Where can 'Combined Science: Trilogy' lead?

'Combined Science: Trilogy' provides a platform for progression to A Level Science, other further education courses or into employment. This qualification develops a variety of key skills that can be used in all areas of working life beyond education.

AQA Specification

Combined Science Trilogy Specification


Triple Science

Examination Board: AQA (8461, 8462, 8463)

Qualifications: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics

Some students will study for 3 GCSE grades in science. Students will be awarded one GCSE for each subject, biology, chemistry and physics, on completion at the end of year 11.

Students will receive 15 lessons of Science per fortnight; 5 lessons of the 15 will be covering biology, 5 chemistry and 5 physics. Students will have a specialist teacher for each of these 3 areas of science.

We will use data from the boys' attitude to learning, homework and attainment to decide on whether this is an appropriate route on an individual basis. Most boys who opt for this pathway have traditionally been in sets 1, 2 or 3 in year 9. Although the common trait linked to the boys with the most success is an excellent attitude to their learning both in and out of the classroom.

The students will complete a minimum of 8 designated practicals, for each science, which cover apparatus and techniques set by the Department of Education (DfE).

How is 'Triple Science' assessed?

At the end of year 11 there are six papers each 1 hour 45 minutes long: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Each paper will include closed questions, structured questions and questions needing longer answers and will contribute 50% towards the final grade of each science.

15% of the marks for each paper are related to the designated practical work.

The level of maths being assessed in science has increased.

Maths to be assessed on each science: biology 10%, chemistry 20% and physics 30%

Where can 'Triple Science' lead?

'Triple Science' is a demanding academic course which will prepare the boys for pursuing Science at A Level and beyond. This qualification develops a variety of key skills that can be used in all areas of working life beyond education. Separate sciences may be required for the most sought after universities or very competitive courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.

Biology

Biology specification.

Chemistry

Chemistry specification.

Physics

Physics specification.

About Us

Birkdale High School, a limited company registered in England and Wales under Company number 07695504.

Registered address: Windy Harbour Road, Southport PR8 3DT

Headteacher: G Bourgade

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