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The Team

  • Mr M Harris - Director of Learning
  • Miss N Underwood - Second in Department
  • Miss F Linter
  • Miss K Connor
  • Miss H Medcraft
  • Mr J Barker
  • Miss H Osbourne - Science Tutor
  • Mrs G Smith - Laboratory Technician
 

Key Stage 3

At KS3 Year 7 will be taught in their REAL groups and EBACC students in the Science department.  All Year 8 Students are taught within the Science department. All students follow the same content and structure which includes topics such as Cells, Particles, Forces, Gas exchange and photosynthesis, Chemical reactions and Energy.  Each unit of work includes a required practical to develop scientific thinking and practical skills to fully prepare students for the demands of GCSE.
 

Key Stage 4

Science is a core subject at Key Stage 4, however the Science team at Hugh Christie offer 2 exciting pathways at GCSE. We follow the AQA Science GCSE. At the end of Year 8 the Science Department will allocate students to the most suitable pathways. This will be based on achievement, interest, attendance and attitude.
We offer two different courses designed to work with the pupils preferred style of learning. 
 
These are:
AQA Triple Science
AQA Combined Science
 

Course Content and Assessment

Combined Science GCSE
 
In this GCSE, students cover science concepts that cover all three Science of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
There is no coursework therefore students will be required to undertake 12 required practical’s that are assessed in the examination.  All students will sit their exams at the end of Year 11 and will be awarded two GCSE’s in Science.
 
Triple Science GCSE
 
Pupils who have excelled at Science in Year 8 will be offered the chance of achieving three GCSEs in the Sciences. They will study additional content over and above what is required in the combined science GCSE.  As above there is no coursework and students are required to complete required practical’s throughout the course that are assessed in the examination.  This is an ideal pathway for those who would like to study Science at A level.
 

Key Stage 5

 
For Sixth Form students, we offer A-Level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
 
 

KS5 - Biology

AQA A-Level GCE Biology

Biology is a course that is key to a huge array of careers. Put simply, Biology is the study of life. It has close links with Mathematics and Chemistry.

This course is perfect for students who are fascinated in the world around us, the human body and how organisms interact with one another. Biology A Level is an essential component for many science and medical degree courses. It provides an ideal platform for anyone wanting to study the Biological Sciences further. Our Biology course includes twelve compulsory practical's with lots of opportunities to carry out experiments and investigations. The course also develops transferable skills that can be used in many degree courses.

Biology Advanced Level is highly respected by both universities and employers.

Course Content

1) Biological molecules

2) Cells

3) Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4) Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5) Energy transfers in and between organisms

6) Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7) Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8) The control of gene expression

Assessment

Paper 1

Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills in a 2-hour exam with 91 marks. There is a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks) and extended response questions (15 marks). This paper makes up 35% of the A-Level.

Paper 2

Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills in a 2-hour exam with 91 marks. There is a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks) and a comprehension question (15 marks). This paper makes up 35% of the A-Level.

Paper 3

Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills in a 2-hour exam with 78 marks. There is a mixture of structured questions including practical techniques (38marks), critical analysis of given experimental data (15 marks) and one essay from a choice of 2 titles (25 marks). This paper makes up 30% of the A-Level.

KS5 - Chemistry

OCR A-Level GCE Chemistry

You are the stuff that stars are made of. Chemistry is the study of all chemical substances and how to change one chemical into another. The food you eat, the air you breathe, your own body, your mobile phone, the plants and streets around you are made of chemicals. As you want inexpensive products, chemistry helps to decrease economic costs, and as you want a safe environment, chemistry helps to decrease pollution by detecting the toxins, and by destroying them.

If you like logical problems, and thinking hard – really using your brain – then Chemistry is for you. If you want to know what makes up the world around you, you are a natural chemist.

Mobile phones are small because chemists developed more efficient batteries, and new pigments for the screens. Clothes are more light weight and colourful (or a darker black!) than those of our ancestors. Cars go further on a litre of fuel due to the study of chemical combustion.

Chemistry is also always helping us to develop new products and processes. In the car industry, for example, companies are working on fuel cells to power your car more efficiently, new fuels from plant material and new alloys to make vehicles lighter. Studying Chemistry would complement A levels such as Biology, Physics, History, Geography, English and Modern Languages.

Course Content

Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills

· Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry

· Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations

· Amount of substance

· Acid–base and redox reactions

· Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 – Periodic Table and Energy

· The periodic table and periodicity

· Group 2 and the halogens

· Qualitative analysis

· Enthalpy changes

· Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4 – Core Organic Chemistry

· Basic concepts

· Hydrocarbons

· Alcohols and haloalkanes

· Organic synthesis

· Analytical techniques (IR, MS).

Module 5 – Organic Chemistry and Analysis Aromatic Compounds

· Carbonyl compounds

· Carboxylic acids and esters

· Nitrogen compounds

· Polymers

· Organic synthesis

· Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Assessment

All content is externally assessed through written examination.

 

KS5 - Physics

Pearson Edexcel AS /A-Level GCE Physics

Physics is a challenging but very interesting course for those students who love Science and want to explore it to a much higher level.

In summary, Physics is the study of how everything works. It has close links with Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology

The Physics course is very practical with lots of opportunities to carry out experiments and investigations. You will also learn to work as part of a team.

Course content

Advanced Subsidiary (one year course)

Unit 1:

· Mechanics – mathematics of motion, vectors, projectiles, forces, Newton’s Laws of motion, emery, power and efficiency

· Electric Circuits – current, charge, potential difference, resistance, solving circuit problems, resistivity, power, potential dividers, electromotive force and current flow in microscopic terms

Unit 2:

· Materials – density, upthrust, Hooke’s Law, stress, strain, Young Modulus and strain energy.

· Waves and particle nature of light – wave definitions, interference, standing waves, diffraction, refractive index, critical angle, lenses, polarisation, pulse-echo techniques, photoelectric effect, Einstein’s equation, atomic line spectra.

Advanced Level (two year course)

In addition to the topics above the following are also studied in the second year of the course.

Unit 1:

· Further Mechanics

· Electric and Magnetic Fields

· Nuclear and Particle Physics

· Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes consisting of 90 marks (30%).

Unit 2:

· Thermodynamics

· Space

· Nuclear Radiation

· Gravitational Fields

· Oscillations

Assessment

AS Unit 1:

Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes consisting of 80 marks (50%).

AS Unit 2:

Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes consisting of 80 marks (50%).

A-Level Unit 1:

Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes consisting of 90 marks (30%).

A-Level Unit 2:

Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes consisting of 90 marks (30%).

In addition, students will sit a third assessment lasting 2 hours 30 minutes consisting of 120 marks (40%). This paper will ask questions from the entire specification.