Science: Double Award at All Saints Catholic College, Specialist in Humanities
Courses are designed to help students: Develop their scientific knowledge, understanding and skills.Take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour.Foster their curiosity.Develop their ability to work in teams and hence improve their communication skills on their journey to becoming confident citizens able to play a full part in society.Go on to a science-based career if they so wish. Teaching Staff Miss K BroadleyMr C Copley Mrs C SteadmanMr B Latham Miss S Sardar Mr S LuleDr CrosdaleMr WhitworthMr Rutherford Course Details GCSEScienceUnit numberTopic Title B1a* Environment* Genesb* Electrical and Chemical signals* Use, Misuse and Abuse C1a*Patterns in Properties*Making changesb*There’s One Earth*Designer Products P1a*Producing and Measuring Electricity*You’re in Chargeb*Now You See it. Now You Don’t*Space and its MysteriesMost students are taught Science for 6 periods per week, almost always by a team of Biology, Chemistry and Physics specialists. Year 10 Units Science GCSETopic Title B2* Inside Living Cells* Divide and Develop* Energy Flow* Interdependence C2*Synthesis*In Your Element*Chemical Structures*How Fast? How Furious? P2*As Fast as You Can!*Roller Coasters and Relativity*Putting Radiation to Use*Power of the Atom In year 11 the modules stated below will be studiedYear 11 Units In addition to developing and increasing knowledge the new science course has incorporated a selection called ‘How Science Works’. How Science Works is primarily about helping students to engage and challenge the science they meet in everyday life. Students need to adopt a critical, questioning frame f mind, going ‘behind the scenes’ to understand the workings of science and how it impacts on society and their lives. It will help students to:· Identify questions that science can, and cannot address, and how scientists look for the answers.· Evaluate scientific claims by judging the reliability and validity of the evidence appropriately.· Question the scientific reports they see in the media, and to communicate their own findings.· Consider scientific findings in a wider context—recognise their tentative nature.· Make informed judgements about science and technology, including any ethical issues that may arise.
Examination Details Edexcel 360 Core Science (studied in year 10) and Additional Science course (studied by most students in year 11) are new science courses for 2006.On completion of both of these courses students can achieve two science GCSE’s.How the Course is Assessed in Year 10 The assessment activities sand mark schemes are prepared by Edexcel to assess the ‘How Science Works’ criteria in context of the specification topics. These are marked by the teacher and externally moderated by Edexcel. Assessed by the teacher and non-moderated, these are designed to assess the students ability to carry out practical investigation and use scientific equipment. (in year 11 there are a range of different assessment options, which are to be designed to suit the individual student, and therefore will be decided at the end of year 11)Practical skills assessment (10%)Assessment activities (30%)One assessment activity from each Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These are in the style of a written paper.Internal assessment (40%)Six multiple choice tiered test (available January and June). Each test covers work from two units listed below.External assessment (60%)
What can I do with a Science qualification? Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum and is studied in Years 10 and 11. The government made Science a compulsory subject because it is important in so many careers. A Science qualification at 16 opens doors to a wide spectrum of careers because employers are aware of the range of skills acquired during the course. Such a qualification can also lead to many higher level and vocational courses, which in turn can lead on to a vast range of careers.
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