Science

The science curriculum at Breckenbrough is delivered as three separate sciences within three different labs.  In years 7, 8 and 9 we form the foundations, with elements covered in these years mirroring many of the concepts ready for the build up to the GCSE syllabus in Year 10 and 11. 

The science curriculum at Breckenbrough is delivered as three separate sciences within three different labs.  In years 7, 8 and 9 we form the foundations, with elements covered in these years mirroring many of the concepts ready for the build up to the GCSE syllabus in Year 10 and 11. 

Courses:  We presently follow the AQA Combined Science ‘Trilogy’ syllabus.

AQA Entry level Science is also available for students for whom the GCSE may not be appropriate.  This course ‘shadows the content of the Trilogy syllabus, whilst allowing a more application- based approach to learning.

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/elc/science-5960

Board:   AQA.

Assessment type:  The two year course is assessed by six formal examinations at the end of the course, there is no assessed practical element.  The overall grade is made up from the cumulative score from the six exams (two Physics, two Chemistry and two Biology) to award a double GCSE.

Course overview:

The course is segregated into two years, students will cover;

Biology 1: Cells
Tissues, Organs and organ systems
Infection and response
Photosynthesis and respiration
Biology 2: Homeostasis and human nervous system
Hormones and reproduction
Genetics, variation and evolution
Adaptations and competition
Biodiversity and ecosystems

 

Chemistry 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table
Bonding, and properties of matter
Quantitative chemistry
Quantitative chemistry
Formulae and equations
Chemistry 2: Rate of chemical change
Organic chemistry
Chemical analysis
Chemistry of the atmosphere
Using the Earth’s resources

 

Physics 1:     Energy
Electricity
Particle model of matter
Atomic structure
Physics 2: Forces
Observing and recording motion
Waves
Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Student Progression:

Many of our students who gain GCSE in Science move onto further and higher education.  We have seen several go into the fields of engineering (aircraft , mechanical and automotive), and associated design.  Several students have also moved on to become involved in the Aviation industry and Formula 1.  The combined award nature of the AQA syllabus can allow successful students to further Science qualifications such as ‘A’ levels and beyond.

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464