Separate Sciences

Overview of the year:

This is a broad and engaging scientific course which allows students to develop a wide range of skills. It has been developed to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations. There is an emphasis on practical skills, with 16 required Investigations planned within the course. These investigations are planned to develop Scientific explanations, allow students to make predictions and develop hypotheses. Students will learn about the Biological, Chemical and Physical world; they will plan and conduct investigations to test out scientific ideas and explanations and will gain an understanding of the world around them and the role that Science plays in our society.


The assessment is designed to allow students to show their knowledge and understanding, and their ability to apply mathematical and practical skills. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Students will complete 6 exam papers; 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics. Each paper will contribute to 50% of the grade and students will achieve a separate grade for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each written exam paper is 1 hour 45 mins and consists of multiple choice, structured, closed short and open response questions. There will be a total of 100 marks on each paper.

Practical Assessment: There are 8 required practical activities that are to be carried out in each subject area during the course. These activities are planned to develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information, team work and evaluating their findings. Students will be assessed on these skills within the written examination at the end of the course, with 15% of the exam based on these practical assessments.

Post 16 Pathways and Careers

There are a vast amount of career opportunities available to students that study Science. Some of these include chemical engineering, pharmacologist, astronomer, veterinary surgeon, or a nuclear engineer. A career in Science can be rewarding and challenging and studying Science allows students to develop a wide range of transferrable skills that are highly regarded by employers. These include numeracy skills, communication skills, problem solving skills and decision making skills.

Topic  Overview 
Within the Biology section of the course students will study various living organisms and life processes, from cells and individual organisms to whole communities of plants and animals. Biology allows students to learn about key ecological issues and global challenges as well as allowing them to understand how the human body works through units such as Homeostasis and response. They will learn about disease and inheritance as well as evaluating evidence for evolution.

Topics covered:
Cell Biology
Infection & response
Homeostasis & response
Inheritance, variation & evolution
Within the Chemistry section of the course students will study materials and understand how Biological systems work. Students will learn about matter and how it changes and will gain an understanding of how Chemistry is vital in tackling the problems faced by modern society. Students will appreciate how scientific ideas develop over time as new evidence emerges, with emphasis on the development of the periodic table and model of atomic structure.

Topics covered:
Atomic structure and the periodic table
Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
Quantitative chemistry
Chemical changes
Energy changes
The rate and extent of chemical changes
Organic chemistry
Chemical analysis
Chemistry of the atmosphere
Using resources
Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. It is the basis of many other Sciences. Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and it is the basis for most modern technology. Within the Physics course students will study forces and their effects and understand the properties of waves and their applications in modern technologies.

Topics covered:
Magnetism and electromagnetism
Particle model of matter
Atomic structure
Space Physics  

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