Science

At Malden Oaks we believe that science has something to offer every student. From a trainee chef to a nuclear physicist, a construction apprentice to a researcher, everyone needs some level of science understanding.

AQA – Trilogy GCSE science

Most students will take this course which is worth 2 GCSEs. Students who gain both will be able to pursue any Science at A Level if they meet the grade entry requirements. It combines key elements of Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

Course Outline: The main topics covered are listed below

Biology Chemistry Physics
Cell Biology Atoms, Bonding and Moles Energy and Energy Resources
Disease and Bioenergetics Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes Particles at Work
Biological Responses Rates, Equilibrium and Organic Chemistry Forces in Action
Genetics and Reproduction Analysis and the Earth’s Resources Waves and Electromagnetism
Ecology

 

We know that practicals are not only one of the most engaging parts of a science education, but are also essential for students’ understanding on science theory. During this course there are 16 required practicals.

Assessment

In total there are 6 written papers, two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. Each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Each examination will be available in two tiers, Foundation (F) or Higher (H). The tier taken should be appropriate to the candidate’s expected attainment in that unit.

All tests will consist of objective style questions as well as structured questions; in one of the structured questions candidates will be awarded marks for using good English, organising information clearly and using scientific words correctly. The types of question used will involve recognition, completion and more in-depth tasks designed to assess candidates’ ability to recall, understand, use and apply the content of the module.

Each examination will account for 16.7% of the final mark, will have 70 marks per paper and will last 1 hour and 15 minutes. Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the required practicals. These questions will count for at least 15% of the actual marks for the qualification.

The qualification will be graded on a 17 point scale 1 – 1 to 9 – 9 where 9 – 9 is the highest grade. A student taking the Foundation tier will be awarded a grade within the range of 1 – 1 to 5 – 5. A student sitting the Higher tier will be awarded a grade within the range 4 – 4 to 9 – 9.

Careers using Science: Architect, Engineer, Nurse, Veterinary nurse, Art restorer, Industrial chemist, Motor mechanic, Land surveyor, Scenes of crime officer, Nature conservationist, Zoo keeper, Careers in the ambulance service, recording engineer, Laboratory technician, Beauty therapist.