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Science

Key Stage 3

SCIENCE OUTLINE

St George’s Academy delivers the KS3 course over the first two years in order to give students the foundation on which to build success at both GCSE and A level.

The main areas of study include:

ORGANISMS, BEHAVIOUR & HEALTH:

Life processes, cells, health, variation and classification, feeding relationships 

CHEMICAL AND MATERIAL BEHAVIOUR:

Solids, liquids and gases, periodic table, pH scale for acids, bases and alkalis 

ENERGY, ELECTRICITY & FORCES:

Energy, forces, electric currents and magnetism 

THE ENVIRONMENT, THE EARTH & THE UNIVERSE:

Rock types, astronomy, and the environment


Key Stage 4

SCIENCE PATHWAYS

At St George’s Academy we provide a variety of pathways through Key Stage 4 to ensure that all students can succeed and achieve in science. Students will start their Key Stage 4 study in Year 9 so that we are able to provide flexibility and not just lock students into one course.  By monitoring students early we are able to ensure that they are on the right pathway for them. The courses available are:

BTEC SCIENCE

Students are rewarded along the way for consistent hard work and demonstration of their knowledge, without the added pressure of exams at the end. A BTEC in Applied Science offers active learning in a vocational context and builds confidence, competence and motivation in your learners.

GCSE SCIENCE

GCSE specifications in science should encourage students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. They should provide insight into and experience of how science works, stimulating learners' curiosity and encouraging them to engage with science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study and career paths.

GCSE ADDITIONAL SCIENCE

This qualification is equivalent to one GCSE and builds on the work covered in GCSE Science. Successful completion of GCSE Additional Science along with GCSE Science will allow progression to GCE, BTEC Nationals and other post-16 science and science-related programmes.

GCSE BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS

The aim of these courses is to develop students’ understanding of the science around them that affects them in their everyday life. They will also develop students’ questioning, analytical and evaluative approach to scientific problems and issues and help to advance their practical skills in science and an understanding of how science works. Hopefully students will take their enthusiasm about science on to continued study.

GCSE FURTHER ADDITIONAL SCIENCE

The aims of these courses are to develop students’ understanding of the science around them that affects them in their everyday life. They will also develop students’ questioning, analytical and evaluative approach to scientific problems and issues and help to advance their practical skills in science and an understanding of how science works. Hopefully students will take their enthusiasm about science on to continued study.


Key Stage 5

SCIENCE COURSES

The Science department offers a full range of courses to allow students to access science at KS3.

The courses available are:

  • BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN APPLIED SCIENCE
  • BTEC LEVEL 3 SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN APPLIED SCIENCE
  • A LEVEL APPLIED SCIENCE
  • A LEVEL BIOLOGY 
  • A LEVEL CHEMISTRY
  • A LEVEL PHYSICS
  • A LEVEL ELECTRONICS