Science

Science

In the Science department at BCA we continually reflect and develop the student experience with the below at the forefront of our intent:

1. build students who are reflective, independent, enthusiastic and resilient learners who can take control of their own learning during and after their time at Branston.
2. develop understanding of the scientific process and methods of investigation to further societies knowledge and understanding of the Universe in the future.
3. develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. The dissemination of a body of knowledge built up by the scientific community.
4. equip students to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Resources and Facilities

Currently we have 7 dedicated science labs and 10 teachers from a variety of science specialisms.

KS3 Structure

The KS3 curriculum introduces foundation content and scientific skills to prepare students for transition in KS4.
Topics covered include:

Year 7: Working in the lab, fundamentals 1, healthy lifestyle 1, experimental procedure, nature, space.

Year 8: Fundamentals 2, designer materials, healthy lifestyle 2, experimental procedure 2, our Earth, Science careers.

KS4 Stucture

Students begin in year 9 with a custom made scheme of work which introduces and reinforces scientific skills which are relevant to the Trilogy (dual GCSE award). The students will then start the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy course.

In years 10 and 11, lessons will be delivered by specialist Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers.

Topic covered are:

Biology

1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources

Physics

18. Energy
19. Electricity
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
22. Forces
23. Waves
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

There are 6 papers in total: two biology, two chemistry and two physics each worth 70 marks. They will receive two GCSE grades from these.

KS5 Structure
OCR Biology AS – H020

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology.
• Module 2 – Foundations in biology.
• Module 3 – Exchange and transport
• Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

This course is assessed in 2 exams at the end of the course.

OCR Biology A2 – H420

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
• 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

This course is assessed in 3 exams at the end of the course.

OCR Chemistry AS – H032

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
• Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
• Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
• Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
This course is assessed in 2 exams at the end of the course.

OCR Chemistry A2 – H432

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
• 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

This course is assessed in 3 exams at the end of the course.

OCR Physics AS – H156

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
• Module 2 – Foundations in physics
• Module 3 – Forces and motion
• Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons.

This course is assessed in 2 exams at the end of the course.

OCR Physics A2 – H556

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
• 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

This course is assessed in 3 exams at the end of the course.

Edexcel – BTEC

Year 1
• Principles and Applications of Science I
o Externally assessed
o Written examinations in Biology, Physics and Chemistry, each 40 minutes long and 30 marks.

• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
o Internally-assessed unit - The Unit is broken down in to four parts, there is an internal assignment after each part which will have to be completed within a given time limit.

Year 2

• Science Investigation Skills
o Set task- set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised
conditions.

• Physiology of Human Body Systems
o Internally-assessed unit - Consists of 3 assignments

Learning at Home

Resources for all key stages can be located on our Learning Web which is available in and out of the Academy premises. It is very well organised to allow students to find the exact resource they need quickly and efficiently.
KS4 and KS5 students have access to an archive of past examination papers and marks schemes within our Learning Web

Career Pathways

The below website can give students some ideas about where further study in science can lead:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/science-and-pharmaceuticals/graduate-jobs-in-science-and-pharmaceuticals

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