the Thomas Hardye School. YEAR NINE PARENTS INFORMATION. SCIENCE. The Team. Mr Andrew Ellison – Head of Science Dr Jeremy Rowe – Head of Biology Dr Tim Rand – Head of Physics Mr Dave Thompson – Head of Chemistry Mr Andy Sammons – BTEC Mrs Judith Wardlaw – Industry Liaison
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YEAR NINE PARENTS
Two possible Routes
Three separate GCSEs in science, Biology,Chemistry and Physics
Unit 1 exams = 25%
Unit 2 exams = 25%
Unit 3 exams = 25%
ISA = 25%
Very challenging – suitable for most able only
CORE SCIENCE Taught in year 9
ADDITIONAL SCIENCE Taught in year 10
“TRIPLE AWARD” SCIENCE COURSE
ISAs are completed at the end of year 10 and during year 11
All exams in May/June year 11
Core science (B1, C1, P1) - examinedsummer of year 10
Additional science (B2, C2, P2) - examinedsummer of year 11
ADDITIONAL SCIENCE Taught in year 11
“DOUBLE AWARD” SCIENCE COURSE
Examined in May/June year 10
Examined in May/June year 11
BOTH TIERS CONTAIN LONG ANSWER
(6 MARK) QUESTIONS
In this question you will be assessed on using good English, organising information clearly and using specialist terms where appropriate.
Describe what happens to a star much bigger than the Sun, once the star reaches the
end of the ‘main sequence’ period of its life cycle.
Your answer should include the names of the stages the star passes through.
They will complete each Science ISA in one day off timetable.
Higher tier grades A* - D: longer answer questions, more data analysis, application of knowledge.
Double award students can therefore still be entered for higher tier and gain up to two A* GCSEs in science.
How will we decide if a student follows double or triple award?
There will be a formal class test each half term. These are composed of past exam style questions with a mark scheme produced by AQA. Tests are differentiated to allow all students to demonstrate the progress they should be making.
Results to these tests will help provide information for Reviews, enable tracking of individual and group progress. It will also help us to make an informed decision about tier of entry choice for external exams.
Science Live (O2)
Eurospace Centre - Belgium
Here’s some of the activities included in this amazing trip:
■ Complete missions on board the US Space Shuttle…
■ Practise on the multi-axis chair, Moon gravity simulator and the zero gravity wall…
■ Build and launch rockets and satellites…
■ learn about the solar system, space exploration and everyday life and work in space…