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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As a curriculum area, our primary teaching aims are:
The aims of these qualifications are to encourage students to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
|GCSE Science||Controlled Assessment (25%)|
|GCSE Additional Science||Controlled Assessment (25%)|
|GCSE Science||3 Science exams, (25% each)|
|GCSE Additional Science||3 Science exams, (25% each)|
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:
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.