Science

Science

Science is a key subject in the Business and Enterprise Academy. It develops thinking skills as well as a practical approach to problem solving. These skills are essential both in the workplace and for personal decision-making. Students develop in science across the Key Stages and are able to think independently, reason, solve problems and assess risk

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Ethos & Values

As a curriculum area, our primary teaching aims are:

  • To produce not only well-qualified scientists, but also young people who can use their knowledge, understanding, application and skills throughout adult life.
  • To enable students to experience an exciting and creative climate for learning science regardless of Key Stage and ability.
  • To maintain the Science Curriculum Area at the leading edge of educational innovation.
  • To reinforce the links the Science Curriculum Area has with partner educational institutions and the local and wider community.
  • To raise the overall standard of teaching and learning in Science.
  • To maintain a philosophy of continuous improvement in every aspect of the Science Curriculum Area.
  • To support Academy and National strategies in literacy, numeracy, enterprise and the use of ICT within the context of Science.

Knowledge & Skills

The aims of these qualifications are to encourage students to:

  • acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge, and the skills needed to apply this in new and changing situations in a range of domestic, industrial and environmental contexts;
  • acquire an understanding of scientific ideas, how they develop, the factors which may affect their development and their power and limitations;
  • plan and carry out investigative tasks, considering and evaluating critically their own data and that obtained from other sources, and using ICT where appropriate;
  • use electronic (internet, CD ROMs, databases, simulations, etc.) and/or more traditional sources or information (books, magazines, leaflets, etc.) to research and plan an investigation.
  • select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions, and using ICT where appropriate;
  • interpret and evaluate scientific data from a variety of sources.

The Twenty First Century Science suite at Tollbar Academy comprises three subjects which share common material, use a similar style of examination questions and have a common approach to skills assessment.

GCSE Biology
GCSE Chemistry
GCSE Physics

The first three units emphasise scientific literacy in each subject - the knowledge and understanding which candidates need to engage, as informed citizens, with science-based issues. As with other courses in the suite, this qualification uses contemporary, relevant contexts of interest to candidates, which can be approached through a range of teaching and learning activities.

The next three units is a concept-led course developed to meet the needs of candidates seeking a deeper understanding of basic scientific ideas in each subject. The course focuses on scientific explanations and models, and gives candidates an insight into how scientists develop scientific understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.

The final unit each of which provides an opportunity for further developing an understanding of science explanations, how science works and the study of elements of applied science, with particular relevance to professional scientists.

BTEC Diploma and Certificate in Applied Science provides technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether these arise from a shift in their own status or in employment.

Resources & Facilities

The Science Curriculum Area is large, comprising 14 general teaching laboratories all of which have interactive white boards or projectors (2) and access to a comprehensive suite of software. In addition there are four very well-resourced preparation areas and a staff work-area.

Very well resourced throughout, the Science Curriculum Area provides opportunities for whole-class practical work at all ages and levels. New text books, software and worksheets have been purchased to meet the needs of all of our students. Recently the data logging equipment and software has been added to so the students have the opportunity of using state of the art technology.


Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3:
Students follow the national curriculum in science. The course is taught over 2 years using the Exploring Science scheme of work. Students have 4 Science lessons each week.

Key Stage 4:
(GCSEin21stCenturyScienceOCR) - Two or three from Biology, Chemistry and Physics, worth 1 GCSE each. Assessed using a mixture of coursework and modular exams.


GCSE Science & Additional Science Legacy

Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum and as such must be studied by all to the age of 16. A broad and balanced GCSE Science curriculum can be followed at Tollbar BEC in Years 9, 10 and 11, using the OCR Twenty First Century Science. The Science Faculty comprises a full compliment of specialist science teachers experienced in the teaching of Science GCSE courses.

All of us, as citizens, need to be able to cope with the science that shapes our lives. We are on the receiving end of scientific ideas and technical information in many different roles such as worker, householder, parent, patient, voter or juror.

Some young people aspire to be scientists, or to work in careers where knowledge of science is essential. So educating the next generations of science practitioners is also crucial.

How many GCSE grades will students get?

A student taking just GCSE Science will be awarded one GCSE grade for Science. A student taking Additional Science will be awarded one grade for GCSE Additional Science. Because the assessment of the courses are independent, these two grades may be different.

GCSE Science has an emphasis on scientific literacy - the knowledge and understanding which students need to engage as informed citizens with science-based issues. It features many of the major theories of science in a way that encourages students to appreciate their importance to everyday life. The course also explores how scientific information is obtained, how reliable it is, what its limitations are, and how this information helps society to make important decisions. Students are prepared to deal with issues involving science which they may meet, for example, mobile phone safety, decisions about childhood vaccinations, and sustainable use of resources.

GCSE Additional Science is a concept-led course developed to meet the needs of candidates seeking a deeper understanding of basic scientific ideas. The course focuses on scientific explanations and models, and gives candidates an insight into how scientists develop scientific understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.

This specification, together with GCSE Science, aims to provide candidates with the scientific understanding needed to progress to further studies of science, should they choose to undertake them. Candidates should gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Scientific explanations and models
  • How these concepts can be applied to the benefit of humanity
  • How scientists help to develop our understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.

Our concept-led course focusing on scientific explanations and models. It explores scientific concepts in more depth, and develops students' understanding of how scientists work. It is appropriate for students who may wish to progress to IB, both standard and higher levels, or wish to follow a science based career.

They draw on the teaching modules from the GCSE Science with a further section of content specific for each subject.

Coursework

GCSE Science Controlled Assessment (25%)
GCSE Additional Science Controlled Assessment (25%)

Examinations

GCSE Science 3 Science exams, (25% each)
GCSE Additional Science 3 Science exams, (25% each)

Learning Outside The Classroom

Year 8 Science and Engineering club - Visit to the National Space centre.

Science and Technology Club

An after school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) club is run in conjunction with the Technology Curriculum Area for high achieving year 8 students.

The club also visit the National Space Centre

The aims of STEM clubs are:

  • To enrich, enhance and extend the Key Stage 3 curriculum
  • Improve attainment in, interactions with, and experiences of, science among those students already showing interest and ability in science
  • Improve collaboration between schools and also between schools and industry
  • encourage students to continue their education in STEM beyond GCSE level

Coursework Catch Up:

During the year students are invited to attend coursework catch-up sessions whenever necessary as well as for students to build on and improve their coursework. These sessions take place after school, at weekends and during half term. Students can come in and do their work in a relaxed atmosphere with more one to one help from the staff.


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

GCSE

  • Provides opportunities for students who may wish to be employed in the science industry or organisations that use science, to develop knowledge and skills in specific sciences,
  • Provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications

BTEC

  • Provides opportunities for students who may wish to be employed in the applied science industry or organisations that use science
  • Provides technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether these arise from a shift in their own status or in employment
  • Motivates students via applied learning and continuous assessment - no external examinations
  • BTEC qualifications are recognised by employers and education institutions
  • Provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications
  • On completion of a BTEC National, students can progress to a BTEC Higher National or BTEC Foundation Degree programme.

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Tollbar Academy Principal

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David J Hampson
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