There is a range of equipment in the lab to compliment the theory lessons with practicals. Students are taught to follow the GCSE Core Science curriculum from a younger age. Once achieved, they may progress on to the additional and separate science GCSEs, allowing them to leave Sands with a potential 4 GCSEs in Science. Every student that has been to Sands in recent years has left with one science, and most get at least one more. Some have left with four.
GCSE students (O3) will be studying the latest “Science A” course from the AQA exam board. It has been revised to bring it up to date. As of September 2012 the government has made the Science exams linear rather than modular, which means that all of the assessment will now take place each May/June after two years of study. After the first GCSE is completed early, students will be able to study several more as they feel they need to.
Science for the younger part of the school has equal emphasis between having fun and learning. We loosely follow the national curriculum, but take no national exams. Of course if students do want to sit exams they can be arranged! It has been said that success at GCSE level in Sands is partly due to not putting off pre-GCSE students by being too serious and pressured.
For a basic list of the topics for students in O3, click HERE.
Resources for GCSE Chemistry Students – Revision (Note that this is from a different exam board, but most of the content is relevant)
“How Science Works” keywords
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