Combined Science Trilogy

Subject Intent: 

In Science, students work to understand how many of the fundamental principles of Science that we know today have been discovered and how they are used as building blocks to further our knowledge. We want students to be able to apply their knowledge to both familiar and unfamiliar scientific concepts and to develop their practical, mathematical and working scientifically skills. Students study all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and can decide to pursue one or more of these strands in KS5.

In Biology, we seek to understand how living processes occur, what happens when they do not work as expected and how medical and technological advances combine to attempt to right these wrongs.

In Chemistry, students study how and why chemical processes occur in the world around us. We aim to understand the reasons that certain molecules and substances have particular properties, why reactions occur between them and how to investigate these safely.

In Physics, students apply their mathematical knowledge to understand many of the fundamental principles that underpin our universe. They will develop their knowledge of Physics ranging from the very small, such as electricity and sub-atomic particles, to the very large in our solar system and beyond.


Course Overview: 

GCSE Science

AQA Combined Science Trilogy 8464

At the end of Year 11 students following the combined science course will sit six written exams of 1 hour and 15 minutes, each worth 70 marks and 16.7% of their GCSE; Two in Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding through a selection of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. They will be required to demonstrate their knowledge alongside their mathematical, working scientifically and practical skills.

 

A-Level

OCR Biology A H420

OCR’s A Level in Biology A specification aims to encourage learners to:

• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem    solving skills

• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences  contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’    (HSW)).

Component

Available Marks

Duration

Weighting

Content Assessed

Biological processes (01)

100

2 hours 15 mins

37%

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Biological diversity (02)

100

2 hours 15 mins

37%

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Unified biology (03)

70

1 hour 30 mins

26%

Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Practical endorsement in biology (04)

-

-

-

Non-exam assessment

All components include synoptic assessment.

Students must complete all components (01, 02, 03, and 04) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Biology A.

 

OCR Chemistry A H432

OCR’s A Level in Chemistry A specification aims to encourage learners to:

 •develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

 •develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

•develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

•develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

•understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’ (HSW)).

Component

Available Marks

Duration

Weighting

Content Assessed

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01)

100

2 hour 15 mins

37%

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02)

100

2 hour 15 mins

37%

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Unified chemistry (03)

70

1 hour 30 minute

26%

Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Practical endorsement in chemistry (04)

-

-

-

Non-exam assessment

All components include synoptic assessment.

Students must complete all components (01, 02, 03, and 04) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Chemistry A.

 

OCR Physics H556

OCR’s A Level in Physics A specification aims to encourage learners to:

•develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

 •develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

•develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

•develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

•understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’ (HSW)).

Component

Available Marks

Duration

Weighting

Content Assessed

Modelling physics (01)

100

2 hours 15 mins

37%

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Exploring physics (02)

100

2 hours 15 mins

37%

Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Unified physics (03)

70

1 hour 30 mins

26%

Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Practical endorsement in physics (04)

-

-

-

Non-exam assessment

All components include synoptic assessment.

Students must complete all components (01, 02, 03, and 04) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Physics A.

 

BTEC Applied Science

Pearson Edexcel BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (2 year course) Total 360 GLH

Student must pass all components to achieve the qualification.  Grades awarded include pass, merit, distinction and distinction*

The qualification is widely accepted at university and is equivalent to one A 'Level.

Unit 1-Externally assessed.  3 x 40 min exams in either January or June (1 resit allowed) 90 GLH

Principles and Applications of Science 1 (Theory based)

Biology includes cell structure and function, cell specialisation, tissue structure and function

Chemistry includes structure and bonding in applications of science, production and uses of substances in relation to properties

Physics includes working with waves, waves in communication and use of electromagnetic waves in communication

Unit 2-Internally assessed  90 GLH (Coursework and practical based)

Practical scientific procedures and techniques

A) Titration and colorimetery to determine unknown concentrations

B) Calorimetry to study cooling curves

C) Chromatographic techniques to separate and identify components in mixtures

D) Review of skills developed during laboratory work (Covering assignment A, B and C)

Unit 3-Externally assessed. 1 x 3 hour practical investigation followed by 1 x 90 min exam soon after in either January or June ( 1 resit allowed) 120 GLH

Science Investigation Skills (practical and theoretical application)

Topics include enzymes, diffusion, plants and their environment, energy content of fuels and electrical circuits

Skills assessed include, planning an investigation, data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation, drawing conclusion and evaluation.

Unit 8- Internally assessed  60 GLH(Coursework and theory based)

Physiology of human body systems

a) Disorders of the musculoskeletal system and associated corrective treatments

b) Disorders of the lymphatic system and associated corrective treatments

c) Disorders of the digestive system and associated corrective treatments

 

Course  Detail:

Key stage 3

In Key stage 3 Science, students cover the following topics:

Particle Model

Mixtures and Separation

Atoms, Elements and Molecules

Cells, Tissues and Organs

Muscles and Bones

Forces

Energy

Food and Nutrition

Breathing and Respiration

Combustion

The Periodic Table

Acids and Alkalis

Sound

Current Electricity

Sexual Reproduction in Animals

Ecosystems

Genetics and Evolution

Reactivity

Metals and Their Uses

Fluids

Forces and Motion

Unicellular Organisms

Light

Energy Transfers

Force Fields and Electromagnets

Plant Growth

 

Key stage 4

In Key stage 4, students cover the following topics:

Biology

4.1 Cell Biology

4.2 Organisation

4.3 Infection and Response

4.4 Bioenergetics

4.5 Homeostasis and Response

4.6 Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

4.7 Ecology

Chemistry

5.1 Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

5.2 Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter

5.3 Quantitative Chemistry

5.4 Chemical Changes

5.5 Energy Changes

5.6 The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

5.7 Organic Chemistry

5.8 Chemical Analysis

5.9 Chemistry of the Atmosphere

5.10 Using Resources

Physics

6.1 Energy

6.2 Electricity

6.3 Particle Model of Matter

6.4 Atomic Structure

6.5 Forces

6.6 Waves

6.7 Magnetism and Electromagnetism

 

 

Key stage 5

In Key stage 5 Biology, students cover the following topics:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement
  • Cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological membranes
  • Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation
  • Exchange surfaces
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants
  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification and evolution
  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
  • Neuronal communication
  • Hormonal communication
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Cellular control
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Cloning and biotechnology
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and sustainability

Module 2: Foundations in biology

Module 3: Exchange and transport

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

 


In Key stage 5 Chemistry, students cover the following topics:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement
  • Students gain practical skills throughout the course.
  • These are assessed in the written examinations and in the practical endorsement (H432/04).
  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Acid–base and redox reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • The periodic table and periodicity
  • Group 2 and the halogens
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Enthalpy changes
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
  • Basic concepts
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols and haloalkanes
  • Organic synthesis
  • Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
  • pH and buffers
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements
  • Aromatic compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Nitrogen compounds
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

 

 

In Key stage 5 Physics, students cover the following topics:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement
  • Physical quantities and units
  • Making measurements and analysing data
  • Nature of quantities
  • Motion
  • Forces in action
  • Work, energy and power
  • Materials
  • Newton’s laws of motion and momentum
  • Charge and current
  • Energy, power and resistance
  • Electrical circuits
  • Waves
  • Quantum physics
  • Thermal physics
  • Circular motion
  • Oscillations
  • Gravitational fields
  • Astrophysics and cosmology
  • Capacitors
  • Electric fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Medical imaging

Module 2: Foundations in physics

Module 3: Forces and motion

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6: Particles and medical physics

 

 

Enrichment opportunities

The Science and Computing Faculty have many enrichment opportunities for students such as a visit to the Big Bang Fair and the NEC, lab experience days at the University of Warwick and fieldwork experience in Biology.

Useful links

GCSE Specification Page: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

A Level Biology Specification: https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171736-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-biology-a-h420.pdf

A Level Chemistry Specification: https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171720-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h432.pdf

A Level Physics Specification: https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171726-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-physics-a-h556.pdf

Educake online learning platform: https://www.educake.co.uk/

 

Quizlet online flashcard learning platform: https://quizlet.com/en-gb

 

BBC Bitesize GCSE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h