There is a range of equipment in the lab to compliment the theory lessons with practicals. We are currently exploring the possibility of building a new custom built, sustainably sourced eco-friendly lab to replace the old one! Students are taught to follow the AQA GCSE Science curriculum. 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. Almost 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.
There is a new Double Award GCSE called Combined Science “Trilogy” starting in September 2016 for O3 students as the old one is phased out this year. 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.
Outgoing specification – Science curriculum plan
New GCSE – Teaching plan
New KS3 – Teaching plan
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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