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KS4 Science
Students commence their KS4 study in Year 9 with the option to study AQA Double award Science (comprised of Science A and Additional science courses) or AQA Triple award Science (comprised of Science A and Additional science courses along with Further Science modules) depending on ability and preference. Both programs offer a comprehensive foundation in all three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics that can be built upon at A level and offer a route to careers such as Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry.
Each program consists of examined components and controlled assessment carried out in Year 11 under controlled conditions. The content is divided into modules with all modules examined in the summer of Year 11. This format means that, although focus and diligence is expected from day one, students sit exams when they are at their most mature and therefore present the greatest chance of reaching their potential.
As well as the prescribed program of study students benefit from a range of extracurricular excursions and in-house activities which enhance learning and help students connect their learning in the classroom to the outside world.
The course content is as follows:
Science A:
Biology 1
Keeping healthy
Coordination and control
Medicine and drugs
Adaptation for survival
Energy in biomass
Variation, reproduction and new technology
Evolution
Chemistry 1
Fundamental ideas
Rocks and building materials
Metals and their uses
Crude oil and fuels
Products from oil
Plant oils
Our changing planet
Physics 1
Energy transfer by heating
Using energy
Electrical energy
Generating electricity
Waves
Electromagnetic waves
 
Additional science:
Biology 2
Cells, tissues and organs
Organisms in the environment
Enzymes
Energy from respiration
Simple inheritance in animals and plants
Old and new species
Chemistry 2
Structure and bonding
Structure and properties
How much?
Rates and energy
Salts and electrolysis
Physics 2
Motion
Forces
Work energy and momentum
Current electricity
Mains electricity
Radioactivity
Energy from the nucleus
 
Triple Science
As above plus:
Biology 3
Movement of molecules in and out of cells
Transport systems in plants and animals
Homeostasis
Humans and their environment
Chemistry 3
The periodic table
Water
Calculating and explaining energy change
Further analysis and quantitative chemistry
The production of ammonia
Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters
Physics 3
Medical applications of physics
Using physics to make things work
Keeping things moving

Key Stage 4 Science

Students commence their KS4 study in Year 9 with the option to study either AQA (9-1) Trilogy Combined Science (worth two GCSE qualifications) or AQA (9-1) Separate Sciences (Triple) Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The route each student takes is dependent on prior KS3 attainment as well as teacher opinion.  Both programmes offer a comprehensive foundation in all three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics that can be built upon at A-Level and offer a route to careers such as Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry.

As well as the prescribed programme of study, students benefit from a range of extracurricular excursions and in-house activities which enhance learning and help students connect their learning in the classroom to the outside world.

The KS4 course content for Year 9 and Year 10 students is as follows (Separate Sciences cover the same topics as Double Science but in more depth):

Biology subject content

  • Cell biology 
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry subject content 

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics subject content

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Space physics (this is a module for students taking Separate Science Physics only).
As is the case for all GCSE science qualifications, there is no longer a controlled assessment component (sometimes called coursework).  This means that all content will be examined at the end of Year 11 with six (Combined Science) or nine (Separate Science) exam papers.
Students in Year 11 are continuing their route through either Double Award Science (comprised of Science A and Additional Science) or Triple Science (there are the legacy specifications).  Most of the year is dedicated to the revision of content covered in Year 9 and Year 10.
Assessment is carried out in Year 11 under controlled conditions.  The content is divided into modules with all modules examined in the summer of Year 11.  There are six examination papers for those studying Double Award Science and nine papers for those studying Triple Science.  This format means that, although focus and diligence is expected from day one, students sit exams when they are at their most mature and therefore present the greatest chance of reaching their potential. 

Science A:

Biology 1 

  • Keeping healthy
  • Coordination and control
  • Medicine and drugs
  • Adaptation for survival
  • Energy in biomass
  • Variation, reproduction and new technology
  • Evolution

Chemistry 1 

  • Fundamental ideas
  • Rocks and building materials
  • Metals and their uses
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Products from oil
  • Plant oils
  • Our changing planet

Physics 1 

  • Energy transfer by heating
  • Using energy
  • Electrical energy
  • Generating electricity
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic waves

Additional Science:

Biology 2 

  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • Organisms in the environment
  • Enzymes
  • Energy from respiration
  • Simple inheritance in animals and plants
  • Old and new species

Chemistry 2 

  • Structure and bonding
  • Structure and properties
  • How much?
  • Rates and energy
  • Salts and electrolysis

Physics 2 

  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Work energy and momentum
  • Current electricity
  • Mains electricity
  • Radioactivity
  • Energy from the nucleus
Triple Science

As above plus:

Biology 3

  • Movement of molecules in and out of cells
  • Transport systems in plants and animals
  • Homeostasis
  • Humans and their environment
Chemistry 3
  • The periodic table
  • Water
  • Calculating and explaining energy change
  • Further analysis and quanitative chemistry
  • The production of ammonia
  • Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters
Physics 3
  • Medical applications of physics
  • Using physics to make things work
  • Keeping things moving

GCSE Results 2016

The staff of the Science department would like to congratulate last year's Year 11 students for their outstanding results which are the best that the school has ever celebrated.  As a result, record numbers of students have decided to remain at Bishop Thomas Grant School for the Science A-Levels.  The 2016 GCSE results are as follows:
Grade Range Biology National Average 2016 (%) Biology 2016 (%) Difference (%)
A*-A 41.4 100 58.6
A*-C 90.5 100 9.5
A*-G 99.8 100 0.2

 

Grade Range Chemistry National Average 2016 (%) Chemistry 2016 (%) Difference (%)
A*-A 42.3 100 57.7
A*-C 90.3 100 9.7
A*-G 99.9 100 0.1

 

Grade Range Physics National Average 2016 (%) Physics 2016 (%) Difference (%)
A*-A 41.8 95 53.2
A*-C 90.9 100 9.1
A*-G 99.9 100 0.1

 

Grade Range Science A (Core Science) National Average 2016 (%) Science A (Core Science) 2016 (%)* Difference
A*-A 6.3 17 10.7
A*-C 52.9 78 25.1
A*-G 98.8 100 1.2

 

Grade Range Additional Science National Average 2016 (%) Additional Science 2016 (%)* Difference (%)
A*-A 9.4 24 14.6
A*-C 59.7 80 20.3
A*-G 99.1 100 0.9

*Entire cohort entered

 

(Left to right) GCSE students Finnian, Chiara and Tia with their A* and A examination results on 2016 GCSE Results Day, pictured with Headteacher Mr Desa who retired this summer.