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Science Assessment Dates

Year 9

At the end of year nine, the Science faculty will be making decisions about the best pathway for each individual student heading into years ten and eleven.   Some students will take the pathway of studying for two GCSE’s (Core Science and Additional Science), while others will study Separate Sciences (one each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  Throughout the year, students will be completing homeworks and assessments.  The outcome of these homeworks and assessments will be a contributory factor towards the pathway your child takes, as well as classwork.  

The units that will be studied this year are contained in the following table.


B1 Unit 1 Biology C1 Unit 1 Chemistry P1 Unit 1 Physics
1. Keeping Healthy 1. Fundamental ideas 1. Energy transfer by heating
2. Coordination and control 2. Rocks and building materials 2. Using energy
3. Medicine and Drugs 3. Metals and their Uses 3. Electrical Energy
4. Adaptation for Survival 4. Crude Oil and Fuels 4. Generating Electricity

The dates are as follows.

Week commencing 6th October - C1, B1




Year 10 Core and Additional

Our Core Science GCSE are currently working towards exams which will be taken in the Summer of 2014, providing that they are fully prepared.  It is important to note that unlike in previous years when students sit modular units throughout the years of their GCSE study, students will now follow a linear program of study. 
 
The implication of this change in government policy is that students will need to recall and apply Science content taught from September 2012.  In light of these changes to the examination process the Science Department has put in place various strategies to help our students reach their potential.
 
Throughout the year they will be completing homeworks and assessments. The outcome of these will provide the data required to finalise the correct levela of entry for Core Science students.  As such, students will be assessed not just on the most recently studied units, but will revisit previous work.  This will encourage students to constantly revise and continue to revisit their learning on a regular basis.  
 
The dates of the Science assessments for this academic year are;

Week commencing 14th October 2013 - B1, B2, B3, B4, C1, C2, C3, C4, P1, P2, P3, P4


Year 11 Additional Science

Our Additional GCSE students have now completed their Core Science GCSE and have received their grades for this examination. They are now beginning to study for their Additional Science qualification, which is a totally separate GCSE with three new examinations and an ISA counting towards the grade. Throughout the year students will be completing homeworks and assessments. The outcome of these will provide the data required to finalise the correct levels level of entry for Additional Science.

The units to be studied during Year 11 are listed in the table below.


B2 Unit 2 Biology C2 Unit 2 Chemistry P2 Unit 2 Physics
1. Cells, tissues and organs 1. Structure and bonding 1. Motion
2. Organisms in the environment 2. Structure and properties 2. Forces
3. Enzymes 3. How much 3. Work, energy and momentum
4. Energy from respiration 4. Rates and energy 4. Current electricity
5. Simple inheritance in animals and plants 5. Salts and electrolysis 5. Mains electricity
6. Old and new species   6. Radioactivity
    7. Energy from the nucleus
 
The assessments will take place as follows:

Week commencing 22nd September - B1, C1, P1


Year 11 Separate Sciences

Our Year 11 Separate Sciences students have been following Separate Sciences GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout Year 10 and will complete the course in Year 11.
 
It is important to note that unlike in previous years when students sit modular units throughout the years of their GCSE study, students now follow a linear program of study.  The implication of this change in government policy is that students will need to recall and apply science content taught from September 2011.  In light of these changes to the examination process the Science department has put in place various strategies to help our students reach their potential.     
 
As such, students will be assessed not just on the most recently studied units, but will revisit previous work.  This will encourage students to constantly revise and continue to revisit their learning on a regular basis.
 
The dates of these assessments are;
 
Week commencing 22nd September - All of Core Biology, Core Chemistry and Core Physics, plus the first chapters of Additional Biology, Chemistry and Physics.