The Highcrest Academy

Science

Science at Highcrest

Key Stage 3

Science Club runs after school every Tuesday in Sc1

Students will develop their ability to work scientifically and laboratory skills.

Students study a balanced science course, covering the following modules:

YEAR 7

BIOLOGY: 

CHEMISTRY:           

PHYSICS:                

YEAR 8

BIOLOGY:                   

CHEMISTRY:           

PHYSICS:                   

Key Stage 4

Students start their GCSE courses at the start of Year 9, following either Triple Science (leading to 3 separate GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology) or Combined Science (leading to 2 GCSEs in Science).

Useful Revision Links

Topic Covered

AQA COMBINED SCIENCE (Trilogy):

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

BIOLOGY: 

  • Cells and Organisation:
    • Cell structure and Transport;
    • Cell Division;
    • Organisation and The Digestive System;
    • Organising Animals and Plants;
  • Disease and Bioenergetics:
    • Communicable Diseases;
    • Preventing and Treating Disease;
    • Non-Communicable Diseases;
    • Photosynthesis;
    • Respiration;
  • Biological Responses:
    • The Human Nervous System;
    • Hormonal Coordination;
  • Genetics and Evolution:
    • Reproduction;
    • Variation and Evolution;
    • Genetics and Evolution;
  • Ecology:
    • Adaptations,
    • Interdependence and Competition;
    • Organising an Ecosystem;
    • Biodiversity and Ecosystems;

CHEMISTRY: 

  • Atoms, Bonding and Moles:
    • Atomic Structure;
    • The Periodic Table;
    • Structure and Bonding;
    • Chemical calculations;
  • Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes:
    • Chemical Changes;
    • Electrolysis;
    • Energy Changes;
  • Rates, Equilibrium and Organic Chemistry:
    • Rates and Equilibrium;
    • Crude Oil and Fuels;
  • Analysis and The Earth’s Resources:
    • Chemical Analysis;
    • The Earth’s Atmosphere;
    • The Earth’s Resources;

PHYSICS: 

  • Energy and Energy Resources:
    • Conservation and Dissipation of Energy;
    • Energy Transfer by Heating;
    • Energy Resources;
  • Particles at Work:
    • Electrical Circuits;
    • Electricity in the Home;
    • Molecules and Matter;
    • Radioactivity;
  • Forces in Action:
    • Forces in Balance; Motion; Forces and Motion;
  • Waves and Electromagnetism:
    • Wave Properties; Electromagnetic Waves; Electromagnetism;

TRIPLE SCIENCE:

AQA BIOLOGY:

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

  • Cells and Organisation:
    • Cell structure and Transport;
    • Cell Division;
    • Organisation and The Digestive System;
    • Organising Animals and Plants;
  • Disease and Bioenergetics:
    • Communicable Diseases (Including Growing Bacteria in the Lab and Preventing Bacterial Growth;
    • Plant Diseases and Plant Defence Responses);
    • Preventing and Treating Disease (Including Making and Uses of Monoclonal Antibodies);
    • Non-Communicable Diseases;
    • Photosynthesis;
    • Respiration;
  • Biological Responses:
    • The Human Nervous System (Including The brain and The Eye);
    • Hormonal Coordination (Including Plant Hormones and Responses; Using Plant Hormones);
    • Homeostasis in Action
  • Genetics and Evolution:
    • Reproduction (Including Fungi, Plants and Parasites; DNA Structure and Protein Synthesis; Gene Expression and Mutation);
    • Variation and Evolution (Including Cloning and Adult Cell Cloning);
    • Genetics and Evolution (Including The History of Genetics; Theories of Evolution and Darwin; Evolution and Speciation);
  • Ecology:
    • Adaptations, Interdependence and Competition;
    • Organising an Ecosystem (Including Rates of Decomposition);
    • Biodiversity and Ecosystems (Including The Impact of Environmental Change);
    • Trophic Levels and Biomass;
    • Biomass Transfers;
    • Factors affecting Food Security;
    • Making Food Production Efficient and Sustainable

AQA CHEMISTRY:

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
  • Atoms, Bonding and Moles:
    • Atomic Structure;
    • The Periodic Table (Including The Transition Elements);
    • Structure and Bonding (Including Nanoparticles and Their Applications);
    • Chemical calculations (Including Chemical Yield; Atom Economy; Titrations; Titration Calculations; Volume of Gases);
  • Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes:
    • Chemical Changes;
    • Electrolysis;
    • Energy Changes (Including Chemical Cells and Batteries; Fuel Cells);
  • Rates, Equilibrium and Organic Chemistry:
    • Rates and Equilibrium;
    • Crude Oil and Fuels;
    • Organic Reactions;
    • Polymers;
  • Analysis and The Earth’s Resources:
    • Chemical Analysis (Including Tests for Positive and Negative Ions; Instrumental Analysis);
    • The Earth’s Atmosphere;
    • The Earth’s Resources;
    • Using Our Resources

AQA PHYSICS: 

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

  • Energy and Energy Resources:
    • Conservation and Dissipation of Energy;
    • Energy Transfer by Heating (Including Infrared Radiation);
    • Energy Resources;
  • Particles at Work:
    • Electrical Circuits (Including Electrical Charges and Fields);
    • Electricity in the Home;
    • Molecules and Matter (Including Gas Pressure and Volume);
    • Radioactivity (Including Nuclear Radiation in Medicine; Nuclear Fission and Fusion; Nuclear Issues);
  • Forces in Action:
    • Forces in Balance (Including Moments at Work; More about Levers and Gears; Moments and Equilibrium);
    • Motion;
    • Forces and Motion (Including Using Conservation of Momentum; Impact Forces; Safety);
    • Forces and Pressure;
  • Waves, Electromagnetism and Space:
    • Wave Properties (Including Sound Waves; Uses of Ultrasound; Seismic Waves);
    • Electromagnetic Waves;
    • Light;
    • Electromagnetism (Including Electromagnets in Devices; The Generator Effect; The Alternating-Current Generator; Transformers; Transformers in Action);
    • Space;

KEY STAGE 5

Revision

Kerboodle

Three Subjects at AS/A2 Level are offered by the Science Department:

Biology (OCR)

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015

Content is in six modules:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology

  • Module 2: Foundations in biology

  • Module 3: Exchange and transport

  • Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

  • Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

  • Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

AS

Module 1-4 will be assessed 

A-LEVEL

All Modules assessed. Practical Endorsement required

Chemistry (OCR)

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015

Content is in six modules:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

  • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

AS

Module 1-4 will be assessed

A-LEVEL

All Modules assessed. Practical Endorsement required

Physics (AQA)

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

Core Content

  • 1 Measurements and their errors

  • 2 Particles and radiation

  • 3 Waves

  • 4 Mechanics and materials

  • 5 Electricity

  • 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics

  • 7 Fields and their consequences

  • 8 Nuclear physics

Options

  • 9 Astrophysics

  • 10 Medical physics

  • 11 Engineering physics

  • 12 Turning points in physics

  • 13 Electronics

AS

Units 1-5 will be assessed 

A-LEVEL

All units assessed, including a written Practical based paper. Students will also pick from one of the option topics listed above.

Extra-Curricular

Revision

A range of after school revision sessions run to support our Year 11 and A level students with exam preparation.

Drop in Session Every Lunchtime in Sc5.

Literacy In Science

Good literacy skills are becoming increasingly important in Science.

Students are given a range of opportunities to practice and refine their literacy skills, including reading a variety of scientific texts in order to extract information which is needed for a subsequent task, use the correct scientific terminology (key words) in their explanations, and use phonics to help learn how to pronounce new words.