Science

Introduction

There is an abundance of opportunity throughout the learning experience for the students of Slough and Eton where they develop their scientific understanding of the world around them, as explored through the context of the National Curriculum. Throughout their journey they develop creativity, independence, enquiry and a real appreciation of Science in their everyday lives. The rich learning experience provided helps them to develop habits for learning and life.

KS3

At Slough and Eton we deliver an accelerated KS3 program which spans over two years. We enrich our curriculum with many enquiry opportunities in lessons to pique students’ interests. The delivery of science lessons at Slough and Eton aims to deepen a sense of curiosity and thought, coupled with building investigative skills in order to inspire and build future scientists.

The topics covered over the two years are outlined in the table below:

Subject

KS3 Topic

Year 7

Year 8

Biology

Organisms

Cells

Movement

Digestion

Breathing

Biology

Eco-system

Interdependence

Plant Reproduction

Respiration

Photosynthesis

Biology

Genes

Variation

Human Reproduction

Evolution

Inheritance

Chemistry

Matter

Particle model

Separating Mixtures

Periodic Table

Elements

Chemistry

Reactions

Metals and non-metals

Acids and Alkalis

Chemical Energy

Types of Reactions

Chemistry and Physics

Earth

Earth Structure

Universe

Climate

Earth Resources

Physics

Forces

Speed

Gravity

Contact forces

Pressure

Physics

Electromagnets

Voltage and resistance

Current

Electromagnets

Magnetism

Physics

Energy

Energy costs

Energy transfer

Work

Heating and Cooling

Physics

Waves

Sound

Light

Wave effects

Wave properties

 

KS4

There are two pathways that students may undertake during Key Stage 4 Science. This has been designed to offer a variety of choice which caters to the preferred learning style of each student.
YEAR 11

Seperate Science - A GCSE Grade Awarded for each Science (Year 11 Set 1)

 

Subject

Topic title

Biology

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation 
  3. Infection and response 
  4. Bioenergetics  
  5. Homeostasis and response 
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology
  8. Key ideas

Chemistry

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry 
  4. Chemical changes 
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry 
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere 
  10. Using resources 
  11. Key ideas

Physics

  1. Energy 
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter 
  4. Atomic structure 
  5. Forces 
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism 
  8. Space physics 
  9. Key ideas

Students will sit 6 papers at the end of two years. The diagram below outlines key information for each of the exams:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

 

Double Science (Trilogy) - Two GCSE Grades Awarded (Year 11 Sets 2 to 7)

Subject

Topic title

Biology

  1. Cell biology 
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response 
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response 
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution 
  7. Ecology 
  8. Key ideas

Chemistry

  1.   Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2.   Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 
  3.   Quantitative chemistry 
  4.   Chemical changes 
  5.   Energy changes
  6.   The rate and extent of chemical change 
  7.   Organic chemistry 
  8.   Chemical analysis
  9.   Chemistry of the atmosphere 
  10.   Using resources 
  11.   Key ideas

Physics

  1. Energy 
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter 
  4. Atomic structure 
  5. Forces 
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism 
  8. Key ideas

Students will sit 6 papers at the end of two years. The diagram below outlines key information for each of the exams.

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

 

YEAR 9 AND YEAR 10
The Year 9 and Year 10 year groups are following the same specification for the new AQA Combined Sciences course. The combined sciences will ensure that each student attains two grades in Science. 

KS5

We currently offer the three sciences as traditional A-Level subjects, but also offer a level 3 BTEC course in Applied Science. We aim to ensure that every student that chooses science at KS5 is on the right course, enabling them to succeed at their chosen level.

A Level

Biology

Examination Board: Edexcel Salters-Nuffield (Biology A)

Link to specification: Here

Introduction

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in how different areas of biology can relate to each other to build a better understanding of the world around us. The course allows you to explore eight different topics to engage with Biology at a greater depth:

  1. Lifestyle, Health and Risk
  2. Genes and Health
  3. Voice of the Genome
  4. Biodiversity and Natural Resources
  5. On the Wild Side
  6. Immunity, Infection and Forensics
  7. Run for your Life 
  8. Grey Matter

Where Does It Lead? 

Undertaking this course and gaining a qualification in Biology enables you to apply for a variety of biological science based degrees at Higher Education institutions. Biology A-level provides a fantastic scaffold for vocational pathways such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences, Dieticians, Nursing and Pharmacology. It also provides a pathway into degrees such as Biomedical Sciences, Sport Sciences, Forensic Science and more.

Entry Requirements - What do I need to study this subject?

5 A*-C GCSEs including English and at least a grade 6 in Mathematics and a grade 6 in Separate Science: Biology or a 6-6 in Combined Science.

Course Details

AS Modules:

1st year of study

Assessment

 

A Level Modules:

2nd year of study

Assessment

Paper 1

Topics 1-2

50% of AS qualification

1 and a 1/2 hours written examination

80 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

 

Paper 1

Topics 1-6

33.33% of total qualification

2 hours of written examination

100 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

Paper 2

Topics 3-4

50% of AS qualification

1 and a 1/2 hours written examination

80 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

 

Paper 2

Topics 1-4 & 7-8

33.33% of total qualification

2 hours of written examination

100 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

 

 

 

Paper 3

Pre-release article and synoptic

33.33% of total qualification

2 hours of written examination

100 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

Students will sit the AS level qualification at the end of Year 12, although this does not form part of the final grade for A Level.

Chemistry

Examination Board: Edexcel

Link to specification : Here

Introduction

The Chemistry course allows you to explore Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry to a great depth. This rigorous, academic course suits those who are up for a challenge in understanding the mechanisms of hydrocarbons, using problem solving skills to identify and explain the trends of the Periodic Table and using logical thinking to solve chemical calculations. The course is ideal for you if you are interested in how different areas of Chemistry can relate to each other to build a better understanding of the world around us. The course allows you to explore different topics to engage with Chemistry at a greater depth:

  1. Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  2. Bonding and Structure
  3. Redox I
  4. Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  5. Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  6. Organic Chemistry I
  7. Modern Analytical Techniques I
  8. Energetics I
  9. Kinetics I
  10. Equilibrium I
  11. Equilibrium II
  12. Acid-base Equilibria
  13. Energetics II
  14. Redox II
  15. Transition Metals
  16. Kinetics II
  17. Organic Chemistry II
  18. Organic Chemistry III
  19. Modern Analytical Techniques II

Where Does It Lead? 

Undertaking this course and gaining a qualification in Chemistry enables you to apply for a variety of biological science and engineering based degrees at Higher Education institutions. Chemistry A Level provides a fantastic scaffold for vocational pathways such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences, Dieticians, Nursing and Pharmacology. It also provides a pathway into degrees such as Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Forensic science and more.

Entry Requirements - What do I need to study this subject?

5 A*-C GCSEs including English and at least a grade 6 in Mathematics and a grade 6 in Separate Science: Chemistry or a 6-6 in Combined Science.

Course Details

AS Modules:

1st year of study

Assessment

 

A Level Modules:

2nd year of study

Assessment

Paper 1

Topics 1-5

50% of AS qualification

1 and a 1/2 hours written examination

80 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

 

Paper 1

Topics 1-5, 8, 10-15

30% of total qualification

1 and 3/4 hours of written examination

90 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

Paper 2

Topics 2, 5-10

50% of AS qualification

1 and a ½ hours written examination

80 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

 

Paper 2

Topics 2-3, 5-7, 9, 16-19

30% of total qualification

1 and 3/4 hours of written examination

90 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

 

 

 

Paper 3

Synoptic paper

40% of total qualification

2 and a 1/2 hours of written examination

120 marks that consist of short-open, multiple choice, calculations and extended writing questions.

Students will sit the AS level qualification at the end of Year 12, although this does not form part of the final grade for A Level.

Physics

Examination Board: AQA (Physics A)

Link to specification : Here

Introduction

The course allows you to explore a range of Physics concepts to a great depth. This rigorous, academic course suits those who are up for a challenge in understanding the motion of particles, using problem solving skills to identify and explain the characteristics of electricity and using logical thinking to solve mechanics calculations. The course is ideal for candidates who are interested in how different areas of Physics can relate to each other to build a better understanding of the world around us.

Where Does It Lead? 

Undertaking this course and gaining a qualification in Physics enables students to apply for a variety of medical science and engineering based degrees at Higher Education institutions. Physics A Level provides a fantastic scaffold for vocational pathways such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences and Radiography. It also provides a pathway into degrees such Engineering, Architecture, Nuclear Physics, Natural Sciences and more.

Entry Requirements - What do I need to study this subject?

5 A*-C GCSEs including English and at least a grade 6 in Mathematics and a grade 6 in Separate Science: Physics or a 6-6 in Combined Science.

Please be aware that you will need a strong grasp of Mathematics to succeed at Physics AS/A Level.

Course Details

Core content

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics

Options

  1. Astrophysics
  2. Medical physics
  3. Engineering physics
  4. Turning points in physics
  5. Electronics

AS Modules:

1st year of study

Assessment

 

A Level Modules:

2nd year of study

Assessment

Paper 1

Sections 1-5

50% of AS Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

 

Paper 1

Sections 1-6

34% of A Level

2 hour written examination

Paper 2

Sections 1-5

50% of AS Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

 

Paper 2

Sections 6-8

34% of A Level

2 hour written examination

 

 

Paper 3

Practical skills and data analysis plus one of Section 9-13

32% of A Level

2 hour written examination

Students will sit the AS level qualification at the end of Year 12, although this does not form part of the final grade for A Level.

Vocational Level 3 Courses

BTEC Applied Science (Extended Certificate)

Examination Board: Edexcel

Introduction

BTEC qualifications are suitable for a wide range of learners. They offer an alternative to more traditional qualifications, combining the best mix of academic and vocational methods of learning. The range of modules offered are practical and will give you the opportunity to complete assignments and activities based on realistic  situations linked to working in Science based careers. 

Where Does It Lead? 

Undertaking this course and gaining a qualification in BTEC Applied Science will develop and enhance the skills you need to work in specialist laboratory situations. Many Higher Education Institutions accept BTEC at Level 3 as a recognised qualification to enter vocations such as Nursing, Midwifery and more.

Entry Requirements - What do I need to study this subject?

5 A*-C GCSEs including English and at least a grade 5 in Mathematics and a grade 5 in Separate Sciences or a 5-5 in Combined Science.

Course Details

The Extended Certificate course is the equivalent in size to one A Level. Within this course there are four units, of which three are mandatory and two are externally assessed in the form of examinations.

The course is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science.

All students will be expected to complete the following assignments and the associated practical work (for the Extended Certificate) to a high level.

Qualifications

KS4

Qualification

Examining Body

GCSE Separate Science: Biology

AQA

GCSE Separate Science: Chemistry

AQA

GCSE Separate Science: Physics

AQA

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

AQA

 

KS5

Qualification

Examining Body

A Level Biology (Salters-Nuffield)

Edexcel

A Level Chemistry

Edexcel

A Level Physics

AQA

BTEC Applied Science

Pearson Edexcel

 

The Science Team

Mr R Allen

Head of Science - Ryan.allen@slougheton.com

Mr P Lewis

KS3 Coordinator

Mrs A Qayyum

KS5 Coordinator

Mrs J Cowley

Science Teacher

Mrs C Green

Science Teacher

Mr Chandel

Science Teacher

Mr N Burke

Science Teacher

Mr C Dhiraj

Science Teacher

Mrs M Walia

Science Teacher

Mrs C King

Science Teacher

Dr S Patel

Science Teacher

Mrs E Goswell

Science Teacher

Ms M Byrne

Lead Technician

Miss H Ghafoor

Technician