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Curriculum

 

Key Stage

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Assessment

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In Year 7 and 8 students follow our own Schemes of Learning using resources including OUP Activate Science and Kerboodle. Students study a range of topics in all 3 Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

In Year 9 there is an accelerated curriculum for more highly achieving students. This provides extra challenge and supports higher level thinking as students progress towards KS4. There is also an alternative pathway allowing some students to complete an AQA Entry Level qualification in Year 9 which acts as a stepping stone to GCSE.

Students are assessed through end-of-topic tests, extended projects and investigative skills assignments.

 

 

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Year 10

  • All students study the AQA Science GCSE programme. Some students sit GCSE Science A early this year.

Year 11

  • Students who have not taken Science A GCSE in Year 10 will complete it this year.
  • Most students will also take Additional Science this year.
  • Students may also choose Triple Science as one of their option subjects.
  • Students who are not yet ready for GCSE will take the Entry Level qualification.

 

 

Each GSCE qualification is assessed through three one-hour unit exams taken in May or June. There is also one Controlled Assessment per GCSE  which is an investigative skills assignment and makes up 25% of the marks.

 

Entry Level is assessed through tests taken in class and practical skills assessments.

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In Year 12 students can pick from three Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We have adopted the new AQA A Level framework. Students are taught by specialists in each field.  Each course takes two years to complete and gives students time to study their chosen disciplines in depth.

 

In all three Science strands students take part in practical work which builds upon KS4 and prepares students for University courses in Science. All three Science A Levels will equip students for both the modern job market and for further study. Recent graduates from Whitefield School sixth form have gone on to study Medicine, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at top Universities.

Three exams taken at the end of the two-year course.

 

Practical work is spread throughout the year and students need to show competence in each strand. This will also be terminally assessed.