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The Science Department at Barnwell:

  • is well resourced in a suite of six purpose built laboratories on each of the two sites
  • in addition to dedicated preparation rooms; stock rooms and staff work areas
  • has the latest ICT technology to maximise Teaching and Learning
  • two dedicated ICT suites located within the Science Department
  • has twelve well qualified staff who are enthusiastic about their teaching
  • has excellent technical support from four qualified technicians

We aim to ensure that our students:

  • understand the relevance of science in their everyday lives
  • develop skills of investigation, observation, and problem-solving
  • become confident citizens who will continue with their interest in science after leaving school
  • enjoy their practical work which is an integral part of the learning experience
  • become confident citizens in an ever increasing technological world
  • have After School clubs to inspire students and extend the work they have done in lessons

What courses are followed?

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

Science at Key Stage 3 places an emphasis on the process of scientific enquiry as well as accumulation of knowledge. Students receive three hours of science per week and are taught in ability bands

The course followed by students is the scheme published by Oxford called SCIENCE WORKS.

The course helps the students to:

- Develop understanding of scientific ideas
- Work out scientific ideas for themselves by using results from investigations
- See how science is used in every day life
- Think about how science can be used for benefit of mankind.

The course is divided into modules covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Environmental Science as follows:

Year 7 Year 8
Being a scientist Life Support
Cells Keeping Healthy
Reproduction People and Environment
Differences Shaping Life
Classifications Periodic Table
Acid Reactions Using Elements
Particles Metal Reactions
Elements and Compounds What's in Rocks
Chemical Reactions Heating and Cooling
Electricity & Magnetism Light
Energy Sound
Forces Moving Around
Space

Key Stage 3 (Year 9)

In Year 9 all students follow a course which is specifically designed to:

  • Form a foundation for GCSE and other courses
  • Encourage interest in all aspects of scientific study
  • Deveop understanding of scientific ideas
  • See how science is used in everyday life

The course is mainly pracitcal and should appeal to students of all interests and abilities.

Some of the modules studied are as follows:

Heart and Respiration Eyes and Vision
Drugs Education Genetics
Life on Earth Ecological Studies
Chemistry of cooking & perfumes Paints and pigments
Strength of materials Rates of Reaction
Heat Transfer and Insulation Seismic Waves
Generation of Electricity Radioactivity
Space

The Year 9 Field Trip is an ecological study of the neighbourhood area which include's Ridlin's Wood and Stevenage Brook. This forms an integral part of the Year 9 course and links classroom learning with 'real world' science.

All KS3 students are assessed using assessment focuses. Please see below to the attached document for more information.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

At Key Stage 4 (GCSE) we offer a variety of options aimed to maximize student enjoyment and aspiration for all. The subject is taught over 5 periods a week for Applied route students and 6 for Traditional route students and provides a good foundation for Post 16 Science courses. Students are taught in ability sets across three bands.

The course followed at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) is OCR’s Science B specification - Gateway Science.

Current Year 11 - GCSE (Traditional route)

The current Year 11 students the three separate sciences at GCSE and have already completed their module 1 examination (June 2012) and in Year 11 they will complete their module 2 examination (June 2013) and coursework.

If students need to re-sit their module 1 examination they will do this at the end of Year 11. We will provide updates of revision and coursework support sessions as the year progresses.

BTEC Applied Science (Applied and Accelerated routes)

Current Year 11 students will now be working towards completion of their portfolio for submission this year. It is important that our students are focussed on this task and all are welcome to attend support session every Tuesday 3:15 - 4:15 in S3.

Current Year 10 - GCSE (Traditional route)

Current Year 10 students will study the three separate sciences at GCSE. At the end of Year 10 there will be an examination in each subject and we will use this to determine whether students should remain studying 3 sciences or if they may be better served following double award science (Core and Additional Science GCSE).

At the end of Year 11 students will sit their external examinations for each GCSE. They will also complete the coursework element during Year 11.

Current Year 10 - GCSE (Applied route)

Our Year 10 Applied route students are following double award GCSE over the two years. At the end of Year 10 these students will sit an examination and the remainder of the external examinations will be at the end of Year 11.

Current year 10 BTEC (Accelerated route)

Students will study the equivalent of 1 GCSE over 2 years comprising of one examined unit and 3 coursework units. Students have the opportunity to achieve either a Pass, Merit or a Distinction. The topics studied includes generating electricity, human nervous system, chemical reactions and space.


Key stage 5 (Years 12 and 13 / Sixth Form)


Courses studied:

A level Biology – Edexcel Biology GCE

If you have enjoyed the biology modules at GCSE then you may like to consider the AS / A2 Biology course. It expands on the areas covered at GCSE and will also introduce you to some new areas of study, allowing you to discover more about the life on earth at both chemical and cellular level up to the macroscopic.

The course will give you a thorough background in both theoretical and practical Biology. A variety of teaching styles will be used including discussion, practical work, written assignments and presentations. There is a residential field trip in the Summer Term.

A minimum of a B is required in Biology, Maths and English Language

Members of Staff to contact: Mrs L. Butterfield, Mr P. Binks

A level Chemistry – Edexcel Chemistry GCE

Chemistry is the study of how atoms and elements interact to produce the complex materials and systems that modern society relies upon. The course ranges from the fundamentals like atomic and intermolecular bonding and rates of reaction, to the fascinating and complex like aromatic chemistry and entropy calculations.

Studying Chemistry at A level will significantly help you if you are interested in studying any of the Sciences at university; it is also a course requirement for most medical courses, and is considered a strong A level even for subjects such as Law, Engineering, physical Geography, as well as many others.

You must have at least a B in Chemistry GCSE, and additionally at least Bs in Maths and English language GCSEs to be able to access this course.

Members of Staff to contact: Mr M. Lund, Mr J Appolis

A level Physics – Edexcel Physics GCE

AS Physics gives students the opportunity to build on what they have studied at GCSE such as electricity, waves and forces as well as exploring new topics such as particle physics, nuclear physics and quantum phenomena.

Not only is physics an excellent basis for a scientific career but it also has a wide range of applications in today’s technological job market, being relevant to careers in engineering, research, medicine and computing. Many university courses provide progression from A level physics including Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Astronomy, Meteorology, Audio Technology and Renewable Energy.

You must have at least a B in Physics GCSE, and additionally at least Bs in Maths and English language GCSEs to be able to take this course. The study of mathematics at AS level, although not necessary, would support students studying AS physics.

Members of Staff to contact: Mr M. Lund,Ms M Conlon, Mr M McDougall, Mr P Binks

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Biology)

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is QCF Level 3 qualification; this is equivalent to a GCE A Level. This BTEC course looks at the main principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but focuses on Biological Specialist Units.

All units are assessed and graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. Each unit is assessed by internal assessment. Internal assessment involves the collection of evidence and completion of assignments to meet the grade criterion of the units.

You must have a grade C GCSE or BTEC Merit in Science to take this course.

Members of Staff to contact: Mr J Kuusk, Mrs L Cornwall, Miss K Day

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics)

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is QCF Level 3 qualification; this is equivalent to a GCE A Level. This BTEC course looks at the main principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but focuses on Chemistry and Forensics Specialist Units.

All units are assessed and graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. Each unit is assessed by internal assessment. Internal assessment involves the collection of evidence and completion of assignments to meet the grade criterion of the units.

You must have a grade C GCSE or BTEC Merit in Science to take this course.

Members of Staff to contact: Mr J. Kuusk, Mrs K. Cornwall and Miss K. Day

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