Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 all students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Dowdales. Their work builds on strong foundations built in Key Stage 3.

Students use their practical and planning skills during investigations. They will work extensively with data and develop their critical analysis skills.

Revision and examination techniques are evaluated throughout to prepare students to work effectively beyond the classroom and prepare for their GCSE exams in Year 10 and 11.

New for September 2016, Science will be taught as a linear course. This means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the two year course in Year 11. Students will have two lessons a week each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics for which they will have specialist teachers. The course is 100% assessed through external examinations, there are six papers in total: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. In addition to the variety of content including, cell biology, atomic structure and forces; there are also integrated skills, such as literacy, maths and working scientifically.

Some enthusiastic scientists will opt to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics across Year 10 and 11 resulting in three GCSE qualifications being awarded.

This is an option that should be considered by enthusiastic scientists who plan to pursue Sciences beyond GCSE.  Separate Sciences is not a requirement for studying Science A-levels but, students aiming for a career in medicine or veterinary sciences are advised to consider this pathway.  A passion for Science is also vital; separate scientists will spend 9 lessons a week studying a wide range of topical subjects and developing their scientific skills.  Alongside the additional homework and independent study required, this means Science will take up a majority of students’ timetable.  Students will be awarded AQA GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course is comprised of both practical and written work with an increasing demand for strong literacy and numeracy skills in Science.  This is a challenging option for students who enjoy and excel in Science.

Year 10

Year 10 students will study cell biology and cell organelles including plant, animal, bacteria and fungi. Diffusion and Osmosis. Organisation of organ including Cells/Tissue/Organ/Organ Systems. Infection and the response to it, bioenergetics, Atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical bonding and structure of compounds, quantitative chemistry and chemical changes, energy changes, rates of chemical reactions, energy and energy transfers, electricity and the particle model of matter and atomic structure.

Year 11

Year 11 students will study Homeostasis and response, inheritance variation and evolution, ecology, organic Chemistry, Chemical analysis, the Chemistry of the atmosphere, using resources, forces, waves and magnetism and Electromagnetism.