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National Sciences. Physics Chemistry Biology. Timescale. Broad General Education until end of S3 finishing Level 4 outcomes and working towards National levels 4 and 5

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National sciences

National Sciences

Physics

Chemistry

Biology


Timescale

Timescale

  • Broad General Education until end of S3 finishing Level 4 outcomes and working towards National levels 4 and 5

  • In S4, National 4 and 5 outcomes will be covered until a decision can be made as to the appropriate level of presentation for each pupil.


Course content n3 5physics

Course Content: N3- 5Physics

  • Dynamics and Space

  • Electricity and Energy

  • Waves and Radiation


Course content n3 5 chemistry

Course Content : N3 – 5 Chemistry

  • Chemical Changes and Structure

  • Chemistry in Society

  • Nature's Chemistry


Course content n3 5 biology

Course Content: N3 – 5 Biology

  • Cell Biology

  • Multicellular organisms

  • Life on Earth


Assessments

Assessments

  • All sciences have the same assessments at the levels:

  • National 3 – pass/fail

  • National 4 – pass/fail

  • National 5 – Graded A-D


National 3 all internal assessment

National 3 – all internal assessment

  • Activity 1:a scientific report of an experiment or practical investigation

  • Activity 2: a short report of a research investigation

  • Activity 3: 3 sets of questions on key areas and problem solving


National 4 all internal assessment

National 4 – all internal assessment

  • Activity 1:a scientific report of an experiment or practical investigation

  • Activity 2: a short report of a research investigation

  • Activity 3: 3 sets of questions on key areas and problem solving

  • Added Value Unit – a research project completed under exam conditions and assessed internally as a pass or fail


National 5 internal assessment

National 5 – Internal Assessment

  • Activity 1:a scientific report of an experiment or practical investigation

  • Activity 2: a short report of a research investigation

  • Activity 3: 3 sets of questions on key areas and problem solving


Exemplars

Exemplars


National 5 external assessment

National 5 – External Assessment

  • Course question paper - 80 marks

  • This covers knowledge and understanding and problem solving of the key areas within the 3units.

  • SQA Exam

  • Course assignment - 20 marks

  • A research project written up under exam conditions and sent away for assessment by the SQA


Prelims

Prelims

  • Prelim in December for those deemed N5 or possibly N5

  • Achievement of less that 40% in this exam would mean pupils would be unlikely to be successful at N5 and so a presentation level of N4 would be more appropriate


Progression

Progression

  • Success (pass) at National 4 would see possible entry to National 5 in that subject or National 4 in another science

  • Success (A-C) at National 5 will allow entry to CfE Higher in that science

  • Where a pupil has achieved a C pass at National 5 it may be more appropriate that the pupil study the CfE Higher over 2 years.


Homework

Homework

  • Individual approach by departments within faculty

  • Homework tasks will reflect the assessment strategies employed by the SQA


Resources

Resources

  • Paper materials from school

  • Suggested websites

  • Textbooks

  • Revision guides

  • Practice papers


Supported study

Supported study

  • Physics – Monday and Tuesday

  • Chemistry – Monday and Tuesday

  • Biology – Monday and Thursday


Exam dates for n5

Exam dates for N5

  • Physics – May 22nd 2014

  • Chemistry – May 12th 2014

  • Biology – May 16th 2014


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