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Key Stage Two

At KS2 the Science department offers a science lab experience through an after school Science club and through its transition programme.

Children from local primary schools become familiar with Science equipment used at Queen Katharine Academy from the mini experiments carried out.

Key Stage Three

The Smart Science series is used at KS3. This is a two-year course, which provides students with a fresh, engaging and complete suite of activities which bring Key Stage 3 Science to life but with a view to the longer-term objective of maximising students’ potential and preparing them for their studies and examination at Key Stage 4.

The units covered in year 7 are:

  • Introduction to QKA Science skills
  • Living systems
  • The Particulate nature of matter
  • Elements and reactivity
  • Forces and motion
  • Acids and Alkaline reactions
  • Species reproduction
  • Electricity and electromagnetism

Homework is set every week on www.Doddlelearm.co.uk

 

The units covered in year 8 are:

  • Materials and everyday chemistry
  • The Earth and Atmosphere
  • Space
  • Waves
  • Ecosystems
  • Variation and evolution
  • Energy
  • Respiration and Circulation

Homework is set every week on www.Doddlelearm.co.uk

 

Key Stage Four

Here at Queen Katharine Academy AQA Science is delivered at Key Stage 4. This Science specification offers something to every student with its suite of qualifications catering for all abilities and all aspirations. The Biology, Chemistry and Physics content is presented clearly, in a logical teaching order. We believe this course support our students with the basics and then follows through with those students that aspire to Level 3 qualifications. The courses taught are:

Trilogy Combined Science

Triple Separate Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

 

GCSE AQA Trilogy Combined Science

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Code:

8462

Overview:

The new science syllabus has something to offer every student. From a trainee chef to a nuclear physicist, a construction apprentice to a cancer researcher. The course covers everyone needs of the relevant scientific knowledge.

 

Course breakdown:

Biology Paper 1:

  • Assesses: Topics 1 – 5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 16.7%

Biology 2

  • Assesses: Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
  • Written exam 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 16.7%

Plus

Chemistry paper 1:

  • Assess: Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
  • Written exam 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 16.7%

Chemistry paper 2:

  • Assess: Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.
  • Written exam 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 16.7%

Plus

Physics Paper 1:

  • Assesses: Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
  • Written exam 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 16.7%

Physics Paper 2:

  • Assesses: Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism.
  • Written exam 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 16.7%

 

 

Equipment needed:

Scientific Calculator

Black pen

Pencil

Ruler

 

Useful websites/ resources:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk
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https://www.kerboodle.com
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https://www.tassomai.com/
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http://www.bbc.co.uk
(also known as BBC Bitesize)

 

Deadlines:

Required Practical Coursework to be completed by April 2018.

Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification. Many of our questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

 

 

 

Homework expectations:

Three homework per week: one from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

How can parents help?

Check homework is being completed at home, rather than in school during tutor time and breaks.

Encourage your child to attend the appropriate support classes after school for the areas they are having difficulty with.

 

Revision tips:

Start early making revision notes, ‘que’ cards and mind maps.

Que cards are available free from your science teacher.

 

 

 

Any other information:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/AQA-KS4-SCIENCE-COMP-GUIDE.PDF

Science support classes start in September and are every Tuesday from 3.15pm- 4.00pm. A list of the topics will be published to help your child decide which classes are most appropriate for them.

 

GCSE Separate Biology

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Code:

8641

Overview:

The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have.

It is suitable for students of all abilities, whether they intend further study in Science or not. It can open the doors to future careers in Medicine and the Life Sciences.

 

Course breakdown:

Biology Paper 1:

  • Assesses: Topics 1–4: Cell biology Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics
  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes,
  • 50%

Biology 2

  • Assesses: Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 50%

 

Equipment needed:

Scientific Calculator

Black pen

Pencil

Ruler

 

Useful websites/ resources:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk
(login detail already supplied)

https://www.kerboodle.com
(login details already supplied)

https://www.tassomai.com/
(login detail already supplied)

http://www.bbc.co.uk
(also known as BBC Bitesize)

 

Deadlines:

Required Practical Coursework to be completed by April 2018.

Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification. Many of our questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

 

 

Homework expectations:

One homework from Biology

How can parents help?

Check homework is being completed at home, rather than in school during tutor time and breaks.

Encourage your child to attend the appropriate support classes after school for the areas they are having difficulty with.

 

 

Revision tips:

Start early making revision notes, que cards and mind maps.

Que cards are available free from your science teacher.

 

 

Any other information:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/AQA-KS4-SCIENCE-COMP-GUIDE.PDF

Science support classes start are every Tuesday from 3.15pm- 4.00pm. A list of the topics will be published to help your child decide which classes are most appropriate for them.

 

 

GCSE Separate Chemistry

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Code:

8642

Overview:

The specification is structured in a way that starts with the fundamental ideas in Chemistry, putting the building blocks in place. This enables students to develop an understanding of topics such as chemical structures and their properties, chemical reactions and how to analyse substances.

Many of the materials considered are substances that students will come across in their daily lives like drinking water, vegetable oils and metals. This helps engage students by putting their learning in context.

 

Course breakdown:

Chemistry Paper 1:

  • Assesses: Topics 1 – 5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • 50%

Chemistry 2

  • Assesses: Topics 6 – 10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.
  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 50%

 

Equipment needed:

Scientific Calculator

Black pen

Pencil

Ruler

 

Useful websites/ resources:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk
(login detail already supplied)

https://www.kerboodle.com
(login details already supplied)

https://www.tassomai.com/
(login detail already supplied)

http://www.bbc.co.uk
(also known as BBC Bitesize)

 

Deadlines:

Required Practical Coursework to be completed by April 2018.

Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification. Many of our questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

 

 

Homework expectations:

One homework from Chemistry

How can parents help?

Check homework is being completed at home, rather than in school during tutor time and breaks.

Encourage your child to attend the appropriate support classes after school for the areas they are having difficulty with.

 

 

Revision tips:

Start early making revision notes, ‘que’ cards and mind maps.

Que cards are available free from your science teacher.

 

 

Any other information:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/AQA-KS4-SCIENCE-COMP-GUIDE.PDF

Science support classes start are every Tuesday from 3.15pm- 4.00pm. A list of the topics will be published to help your child decide which classes are most appropriate for them.

 

 

 

GCSE Separate Physics

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Code:

8643

Overview:

The specification is designed to give students the tools and concepts they need to be able to construct a scientific approach to solving problems. Students will learn to ask and answer questions about the fundamental laws that govern natural phenomena.

Students are likely to be engaged by the aspects of the specification that they can relate to their everyday life such as the efficiency of electrical appliances and braking distances as well as larger concepts like nuclear fission and fusion and evidence of the Big Bang

 

 

Course breakdown:

Chemistry Paper 1:

  • Assesses: Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • 50%

chemistry 2

  • Assesses: Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.
  • Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 50%

 

Equipment needed:

Scientific Calculator

Black pen

Pencil

Ruler

 

Useful websites/ resources:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk
(login detail already supplied)

https://www.kerboodle.com
(login details already supplied)

https://www.tassomai.com/
(login detail already supplied)

http://www.bbc.co.uk
(also known as BBC Bitesize)

 

Deadlines:

Required Practical Coursework to be completed by April 2018.

Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification. Many of our questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

 

 

Homework expectations:

One homework from Physics

How can parents help?

Check homework is being completed at home, rather than in school during tutor time and breaks.

Encourage your child to attend the appropriate support classes after school for the areas they are having difficulty with.

 

 

Revision tips:

Start early making revision notes, ‘que’ cards and mind maps.

Que cards are available free from your science teacher.

 

 

Any other information:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/AQA-KS4-SCIENCE-COMP-GUIDE.PDF

Science support classes start are every Tuesday from 3.15pm- 4.00pm. A list of the topics will be published to help your child decide which classes are most appropriate for them.

 

 

We start a transition programme in year 9, which is an introduction to Key Stage 4.

Topics covered in the transition course in Year 9:

  1. Cell Biology
  2. Atomic Structure
  3. Energy
  4. Particle model
  5. Quantitative Chemistry
  6. Chemical Changes
  7. Bioenergetics

 

Topics covered in Year 10 Trilogy Combined Science and Separate Triple Sciences:

  1. Cell Biology review (stretch and challenge)
  2. Atomic Structure review (stretch and challenge)
  3. Energy review (stretch and challenge)
  4. Organisation
  5. Quantitative Chemistry review (stretch and challenge)
  6. Electricity
  7. Bioenergetics review (stretch and challenge)
  8. Chemical Changes review (stretch and challenge)
  9. Particle Model review (stretch and challenge)
  10. Atomic Structure review (stretch and challenge)
  11. Energy changes
  12. Bioenergetics review (stretch and challenge)
  13. Rates of reaction

Topics covered in Year 11 Trilogy Combined Science and Separate Triple Sciences:

  1. Homeostasis
  2. Organic Chemistry
  3. Forces
  4. Year 11 mock exam Paper 1 preparation of the year 10 topics review (stretch and challenge)
  5. Ecology
  6. Analysis
  7. Waves
  8. Ecology
  9. Using ResourceMagnetism
  10. Space (Separate Physics only)
  11. Year 11 mock exam Paper 2 preparation of the year 11 topics review (stretch and challenge)
  12. Revision programme for Paper 1 and 2review (stretch and challenge)

 

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we deliver Advanced Edexcel Biology, Chemistry and Physics Sciences. Edexcel A level Sciences give students the chance to develop intellectually as they explore their Sciences in great depth.  Each advanced level Science assess knowledge, skills and understanding that is needed by students planning to progress to undergraduate study in higher education institutions. Science also deliver Advanced Level BTEC in Applied Science. This is the last year of this course running under the current specification.

AS Level Biology

Specification codes: 8BI0

 

Topics taught in year 12 and examined on Paper 1:

Core Cellular Biology and Microbiology

Paper code: 8BI0/01

 

Overview of content

This paper will examine the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Biological Molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things.

 

Overview of assessment

50% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 80 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • The paper will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Topics taught in year 12 and examined on Paper 2:

Core Physiology and Ecology

50% of the total qualification

 

Overview of content

This paper will examine the following topics:

  • Topic 3: Classification and Biodiversity
  • Topic 4: Exchange and Transport.

Overview of assessment

  • Externally assessed
  • Assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 80 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • The paper will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

A Level Biology:

Specification codes: 8BI0

 

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 1:

Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics

  • Topic 1: Biological Molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
  • Topic 3: Classification and Biodiversity
  • Topic 4: Exchange and Transport
  • Topic 5: Energy for Biological Processes
  • Topic 6: Microbiology and Pathogens
  • Topic 7: Modern Genetics.

 

Overview of assessment

Paper code 9BIO/01 and is 30% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Paper 1 consists of 90 marks.
  • Paper 1 may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

 

Evolution and Ecology

*Paper code: 9BI0/02

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 2:

Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology

 

This paper will examine the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Biological Molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
  • Topic 3: Classification and Biodiversity
  • Topic 4: Exchange and Transport
  • Topic 8: Origins of Genetic Variation
  • Topic 9: Control Systems
  • Topic 10: Ecosystems.

 

Overview of assessment

Paper code 9BIO/02 and is 30% of the total qualification

  • Externally assessed
  • Assessment is 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Paper 2 consists of 90 marks.
  • Paper 2 may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

 

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 3

  • This paper will include questions from Topics 1−10.

 

Overview of assessment

Paper code 9BIO/03 and is 40% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Paper 3 consists of 120 marks.
  • Paper 3 may include short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics.
  • Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above
  • The paper will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

 

Science Practical Endorsement**

Practical skills taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 3:

Internally assessed and externally monitored by Pearson.

 

Overview of content

The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for

A level biology. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.

Students must carry out a minimum of 12 practical activities which, from the prescribed subject content.

The practical activities prescribed as the "core practicals" provide opportunities for demonstrating competence in all the skills identified, together with the use of apparatus and techniques for each subject.

 

Overview of assessment of the Core Practical             

  1. Determine the acceleration of a freely falling object.
  2. Determine the electrical resistivity of a material.
  3. Determine the e.m.f. and internal resistance of an electrical cell.
  4. Use a falling-ball method to determine the viscosity of a liquid.
  5. Determine the Young modulus of a material.
  6. Determine the speed of sound in air using a 2-beam oscilloscope, signal generator, speaker and microphone.
  7. Investigate the effects of length, tension and mass per unit length on the frequency of a vibrating string or wire.
  8. Determine the wavelength of light from a laser or other light source using a diffraction grating.
  9. Investigate the relationship between the force exerted on an object and its change of momentum.
  10. Use ICT to analyse collisions between small spheres, e.g. ball bearings on a table top.
  11. Use an oscilloscope or data logger to display and analyse the potential difference (p.d.) across a capacitor as it charges and discharges through a resistor.
  12. Calibrate a thermistor in a potential divider circuit as a thermostat.
  13. Determine the specific latent heat of a phase change.
  14. Investigate the relationship between pressure and volume of a gas at fixed temperature.
  15. Investigate the absorption of gamma radiation by lead.
  16. Determine the value of an unknown mass using the resonant frequencies of the oscillation of known masses.

 

Science Practical Endorsement

Paper code: 9BI0/04

The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for A level Biology. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.

Students must carry out a minimum of 12 practical activities.

Students' practical work will be assessed by teachers, using common practical assessment criteria (CPAC) that are consistent across exam boards.

Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the CPAC will receive a ‘pass’ grade.

Students may work in groups but teachers who award a pass to their students need to be confident of individual students’ competence.

The correct application of CPAC to students' work will be monitored through a system of visits to centres.

 

AS Level Chemistry

Specification codes: 8CH0

 

Topics taught in year 12 and examined on Paper 1:

Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Paper code: 8CH0/01

Overview of content

This paper will examine the following topics.

  • Topic 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance

 

Overview of assessment

50% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 80 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • Some questions will assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Topics taught in year 12 and examined on Paper 2:

Core Organic and Physical Chemistry

Paper code: 8CH0/02

Overview of content

This paper will examine the following topics:

  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Topic 6: Organic Chemistry I
  • Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques I
  • Topic 8: Energetics I
  • Topic 9: Kinetics I
  • Topic 10: Equilibrium I

 

Overview of assessment

50% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 80 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • Some questions will assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

A Level Chemistry:

Specification codes: 9CH0 n Physical Chemistry

*Paper code: 9CH0/01

30% of the

Overview of content

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 1:

Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Paper code: 9CHO/01

  • Topic 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Topic 8: Energetics I
  • Topic 10: Equilibrium I
  • Topic 11: Equilibrium II
  • Topic 12: Acid-base Equilibria
  • Topic 13: Energetics II
  • Topic 14: Redox II
  • Topic 15: Transition Metals

 

Overview of assessment

30% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 90 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

er 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 2:

Advanced and Organic and Physical Chemistry

Paper code: 9CH0/02

  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Topic 6: Organic Chemistry I
  • Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques I
  • Topic 9: Kinetics I
  • Topic 16: Kinetics II
  • Topic 17: Organic Chemistry II
  • Topic 18: Organic Chemistry III
  • Topic 19: Modern Analytical Techniques II

Overview of assessment

30% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 90 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry and Practical Principles in Chemistry code: 9CH0/03

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 3:

General and Practical Principles in Chemistry

Paper code: 9CH0/03

40% of the total qualification

Overview of content

  • Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in this specification.
  • The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics listed.
  • The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on students’ experiences of the core practicals.

 

Overview of assessment

  • Assessment is 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 120 marks.
  • The paper may include short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • Some questions will assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

 

Overview of assessment of the Core Practical

  1. Measuring the molar volume of a gas.
  2. Preparation of a standard solution from a solid acid.
  3. Finding the concentration of a solution of hydrochloric acid.
  4. Investigation of the rates of hydrolysis of halogenoalkanes.
  5. The oxidation of ethanol.
  6. Chlorination of 2-methylpropan-2-ol with concentrated hydrochloric acid.
  7. Analysis of some inorganic and organic unknowns.
  8. To determine the enthalpy change of a reaction using Hess’s Law.
  9.  Finding the Ka value for a weak acid.
  10. Investigating some electrochemical cells.
  11. Redox titration.
  12. The preparation of a transition metal complex.
  13. Following the rate of the iodine-propanone reaction by a titrimetric method and investigating a ‘clock reaction’ (Harcourt-Esson, iodine clock).
  14. Finding the activation energy of a reaction.
  15. Analysis of some inorganic and organic unknowns.
  16. The preparation of aspirin.

 

Science Practical Endorsement

Paper code: 9CH0/04

The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for A level chemistry. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.

Students must carry out a minimum of 12 practical activities.

Students' practical work will be assessed by teachers, using common practical assessment criteria (CPAC) that are consistent across exam boards.

Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the CPAC will receive a ‘pass’ grade.

Students may work in groups but teachers who award a pass to their students need to be confident of individual students’ competence.

The correct application of CPAC to students' work will be monitored through a system of visits to centres.

 

AS Level Physics

 

Specification codes: 8PH0

 

Topics taught in year 12 and examined on Paper 1:

Core Physics I

Paper code: 8PH0/01

 

Overview of content

This paper will consist of two sections, A and B. Section A will assess the topics listed

below. Section B will include a data analysis question, possibly within an experimental

context, and will draw on topics from the whole specification.

A: Concept approach

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Mechanics
  • Electric Circuits

B: Salters Horners approach

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Higher, Faster, Stronger (HFS)
  • Technology in Space (SPC)
  • Digging up the Past (DIG)

(except items 83–87)

Overview of assessment

50% of the total qualification

  • Externally assessed
  • Assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 80 marks. Section A will consist of 56–60 marks and Section B will consist of 20–24 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculation and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 40% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

 

Topics taught in year 12 and examined on Paper 2:

Core Physics II

Paper code: 8PH0/02

 

Overview of content

This paper will consist of two sections, A and B. Section A will assess the topics listed below. Section B will include a short article, questions in this section will draw on topics from the whole specification.

A: Concept approach

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Materials
  • Waves and Particle Nature of Light

B: Salters Horners approach

  • Working as a Physicist
  • The Sound of Music (MUS)
  • Good Enough to Eat (EAT)
  • Technology in Space (SPC)
  • Digging up the Past (DIG)
  • Spare-part Surgery (SUR)

 

Overview of assessment

50% of the total qualification

  • Externally assessed
  • Assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 80 marks. Section A will consist of 56–60 marks and Section B will consist of 20-24 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 40% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

 

A Level Physics

 

Specification codes: 9PH0

 

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 1:

Paper 1: Advanced Physics I

Paper code: 9PH0/01

 

Overview of content

This paper will examine the following topics.

Concept approach

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Mechanics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Further Mechanics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Salters Horners approach

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Higher, Faster, Stronger (HFS)
  • Technology in Space (SPC)
  • Digging up the Past (DIG)
  • Transport on Track (TRA)
  • The Medium is the Message (MDM)
  • Probing the Heart of Matter (PRO)

 

Overview of assessment

30% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 90 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 40% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

 

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 2:

Advanced Physics II

Paper code: 9PH0/02

 

Overview of content

This paper will examine the following topics.

Concept approach

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Materials
  • Waves and Particle Nature of Light
  • Thermodynamics
  • Space
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Oscillations

Salters Horners approach

  • Working as a Physicist
  • The Sound of Music (MUS)
  • Good Enough to Eat (EAT)
  • Technology in Space (SPC)
  • Digging up the Past (DIG)
  • Spare-Part Surgery (SUR)
  • Build or Bust? (BLD)
  • Reach for the Stars (STA)

 

Overview of assessment

30% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 90 marks.
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 40% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

 

Topics taught in year 13 and examined on Paper 3:

General and Practical Principles in Physics

Paper code: 9PH0/03

 

Overview of content

  • Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in this specification.
  • The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics.
  • The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical

understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on

students’ experiences of the core practicals.

Overview of assessment

40% of the total qualification

Externally assessed

  • Assessment is 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • The paper consists of 120 marks.
  • The paper may include, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Overall, a minimum of 40% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  • Some questions will assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.
  • Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

 

Overview of assessment of the Core Practical

 

  1. Determine the acceleration of a freely falling object.
  2. Determine the electrical resistivity of a material.
  3. Determine the e.m.f. and internal resistance of an electrical cell.
  4. Use a falling-ball method to determine the viscosity of a liquid.
  5. Determine the Young modulus of a material.
  6. Determine the speed of sound in air using a 2-beam oscilloscope, signal generator, speaker and microphone.
  7. Investigate the effects of length, tension and mass per unit length on the frequency of a vibrating string or wire.
  8. Determine the wavelength of light from a laser or other light source using a diffraction grating.
  9. Investigate the relationship between the force exerted on an object and its change of momentum.
  10. Use ICT to analyse collisions between small spheres, e.g. ball bearings on a table top.
  11. Use an oscilloscope or data logger to display and analyse the potential difference (p.d.) across a capacitor as it charges and discharges through a resistor.
  12. Calibrate a thermistor in a potential divider circuit as a thermostat.
  13. Determine the specific latent heat of a phase change.
  14. Investigate the relationship between pressure and volume of a gas at fixed temperature.
  15. Investigate the absorption of gamma radiation by lead.
  16. Determine the value of an unknown mass using the resonant frequencies of the oscillation of known masses.

 

Science Practical Endorsement

Paper code: 9PH0/04

 

The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for A level chemistry. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.

Students must carry out a minimum of 12 practical activities.

Students' practical work will be assessed by teachers, using common practical assessment criteria (CPAC) that are consistent across exam boards.

Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the CPAC will receive a ‘pass’ grade.

Students may work in groups but teachers who award a pass to their students need to be confident of individual students’ competence.

The correct application of CPAC to students' work will be monitored through a system of visits to centres.

 

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Applied Science (Applied Biology)

100% courswork

 

The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Applied Science (Applied Biology)

consists of two core units plus two specialist units.

The core units are:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Scientific Practical Techniques

The Specialists units: Working in the Science

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human regulation and reproduction
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering

 

Science Staffing

Ms Hazel Vaughan-Dick
Subject Leader for Science

hazel.vaughandick@qka.education

Mrs Deborah Simpson
2nd in Science

Deborah.simpson@qka.education

Mr Imran Ali
Physics teacher

Imran.ali@qka.education

Dr Shagufta Arthur
Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator for years 7 & 8 and Primary Liaison in Science

shagufta.arthur@qka.education

Mrs Sue Young
Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator for year 9

sue.young@qka.education

Mrs Aamena Jaffer
Teacher of Biology

Aamena.jaffer@qka.education

Miss Madeline Belobraydich
Teacher of Biology

madeline.belobraydic@qka.education

Miss Heather Dunsterville
Teacher of Biology

heather.dunsterville@qka.education

Mr Zahid Bashir
Teacher of Physics

Zahid.bashir@qka.education