Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students are taught a compilation of all three scientific disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The fundamentals of these three topics are covered to allow students to use science to solve problems encountered in daily life. The content that students cover will allow them to deepen their understanding of the world around them and the way they interact with it. Students are taught to develop the following skills:
- How to develop and test a hypothesis for a scientific investigation.
- Planning and executing simple methods.
- Evaluating and analysing both quantitative and qualitative data.
- Applying scientific knowledge to unknown practical investigations.
- Using specialist scientific equipment that is used in research.
- Required Assessed practical linked to GCSE for biology, physics and
Study at Home for KS3
The text books we use at school are:
1) Exploring Science 7 – ISBN-10: 1447959604 ISBN-13: 978-144795960
2) Exploring Science 8 – ISBN-10: 1447959612 ISBN-13: 978-1447959618
Students can supplement their learning by visiting these websites to do homework and further their knowledge:
http://www.gojimo.com/ - this is an app that can be downloaded onto Smart Phones.
We believe that science has something to offer every student. Students in Years 9 to 11 study the AQA specification; these are qualification to suit students of all abilities and all aspirations.
The Science Department offer students the opportunity to study GCSE Combined Science Trilogy and separate science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We’ve ensured these courses provide opportunities for progression. The Trilogy and separate science AQA qualification gives students the option to progress to A-levels in science.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
Students studying Combined Science: Trilogy will cover the three science disciplines in the traditional fashion. Trilogy takes a logical and coherent journey through the familiar and new content.
Trilogy Combined Science
Six papers: Two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each will assess different topics.
Duration: all the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.
Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and has 70 marks.
Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.
Combined Science will have a 17 point grading scale, from 9–9, 9–8 through to 2–1, 1–1
Studying the separate sciences means students will cover more content than GCSE Combined Sciences. The new GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics will provide great preparation for AS and A-level, without overlapping content.
Useful educational websites:
Information about the A-Level science courses are below:
We also have the option for students to take a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science. This is equivalent to 3 GCE A-Levels.
Experimental skills weeks are embedded into our curriculum here at Villiers to ensure students get the opportunity to experience a range of practical work before GCSE examination years. Students will also get the opportunity to complete projects on stopping Malaria and discovering a new planet.
Students are assessed at the end of every topic and an average of these grades will be sent home to parents in line with the school assessment weeks.
Students get the opportunity to experience a range of science trips at KS3 level. Previous trips include:
Salters Festival of Chemistry
Big Bang Fair
Visits to the Science Museum