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Science

Students initially focus on practical skills and the scientific method learning how to conduct practical experiments and investigate hypotheses. Pupils learn to plan experiments producing step wise instructions that are repeatable by other scientists. They learn to use common apparatus found in a laboratory safely and with precision. Processing results, students learn to analyse data, spot patterns and draw conclusions that prove or disprove hypotheses. At the same time pupils become familiar with the body of scientific knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum and start to learn the numeracy and literacy skills required to succeed at GCSE

A-level Science at the Prince William School are very popular with many students going on to take Science related subjects at undergraduate level. Working in the new Science block will ensure that all students gain considerable experience working with and manipulating modern scientific apparatus.

KS5 Science courses are also popular with students who don’t intend to peruse Science related courses and careers after 6th form due to the opportunities to develop numeracy, communication and problem solving skills and therefore people with science A-levels are highly sought after by the majority of employers.

 

KS3

A combined science course is taught in Years 7 and 8. The course is divided into a number of topics which closely follow the Exploring Science course by Pearson. The course seeks to ensure that pupils deepen their understanding and knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and also improve their skills of scientific enquiry. The course includes opportunities for pupils to engage in practical work, fieldwork, research, use of ICT, individual and group work, discussions, modelling and evaluation. Teachers also aim to make the teaching of science relevant to students’ lives.

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 7

Working Scientifically

On the Ball 

Need for Speed

Cells, Tissues and Organs

Muscle and Bone

It’s Our World

  Cycle 4  Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 7

New Life

I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!

Ready, Steady Cook

Further investigations

 

 

Year 8 Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 8

Energy Transfers

Fluids

999

Metals and their Uses

At the Disco

Wish You Were

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 8

Gardeners World

Dinosaur Rock

Life on Mars

Dinosaur Rock

 

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 9

Cells

The Particle Model / Atomic Structure

Changes of State

Respiration

Purity and Separating Mixtures

Pressure

Photosynthesis

Bonding

Motion

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 9

Transport in Cells

Properties of Materials

Newton’s Laws

Exchange and Transport

Quantitative Chemistry

Forces in Actio

 

 

KS4

Whether they are studying for GCSE Combined Science or a GCSE in the three separate sciences, all students will study topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics from the Gateway Science 9-1 Suite offered by Oxford Cambridge RSA (OCR).

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 10

Scaling Up

Bonding and Properties of Materials

Motion and Newton’s Laws

The Challenges of Size

Quantitative Chemistry

Forces in Action

The Nervous System

Energetics and Types of Reaction

Electricity

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 10

The Endocrine System

Electrolysis

Magnetism and Magnetic Fields

Maintaining Internal Environments

Products from Reactions

Waves

 

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 11

Natural Selection and Evolution

Rates of Reaction

Radioactivity

Monitoring and maintaining the Environment

Equilibria

Energy – Work done / Power and Efficiency

Feeding the Human Race

Improving Processes and Products

Physics on the Move

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 11

Monitoring and Maintaining Health

Organic Chemistry

Powering Earth

Non-Communicable Diseases

Interpreting and Interacting with Earth Systems

Beyond Earth

 

 

KS5 - Biology

Biology

Biology is one of the most popular A-Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects.  Biologists are scientists who study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA.  Because biologists deal with the natural world, their jobs can take them anywhere, from laboratories to zoos to ocean liners in the arctic and fieldwork in the Amazon jungle.

Biology opens up exciting career possibilities. From conservation to cancer research, biologists are tackling important 21st century challenges.


Whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Exam structure / weightings

There are three papers that pupils will take at the end of Year 13: Biological Processes 2hrs 15mins worth 37% (covering modules 1, 2, 3 and 5), Biological Diversity 2hrs 15mins worth 37% (covering modules 1, 2, 4 and 6), and Unified Biology 1hr 30mins worth 26% (covering all modules).There is also a non-exam component to assess practical skills by showing competency in twelve practical skills over the course of the A Level.

Career Opportunities

Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Veterinary Science, Dentist, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Science, Sport Science, Marine Biology, Zoology, Microbiologist, Ecologist, Biotechnology, Forensic Science, Nutritionist.

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 12

Cell Microscopy

Plant Transport

Plasma Membranes

Exchange Surfaces

Cell division 

Animal Transport

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 12

Communicable Diseases

Biological Molecules

Classification and Evolution

DNA and Enzymes

 

 

Year 13 Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 13

Photosynthesis

Respiration

Excretion

Ecosystems

Cellular Control

Inheritance

Nerves

Hormones

Cloning

Biotechnology

Manipulating Genomes

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 13 Plant and Animal Responses Revision  

 

KS5 - Chemistry

Chemistry

An understanding of Chemistry and Chemical processes underpin all that we do. It allows us to explain everything from the composition of stars to the processes of life touching on a myriad of everyday items, such as your mobile phone battery, preventing corrosion in your car and making the next great breakthrough in drug discovery. The specification places a particular emphasis on the development of practical skills and chemical literacy and there are twelve required practicals that all students must conduct and write up over the course of the two years.

Exam structure / weightings

There are three papers that pupils will take Fundamentals of Chemistry worth 40%, Scientific literacy worth 37% and Practical skills examination worth 22%.

Career Opportunities

Chemical industry, medical degrees, dentistry, etc.

Please click this link to view the full course specification.

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 12 Elements of Life Elements of Life     Developing Fuels Developing Fuels Elements from the Sea
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 12 What’s in a medicine The Ozone Story  

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cyle 3
Year 13 The Chemical Industry Polymers and Life

The Oceans

Developing metals

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 13 Colour by design Revision  

 

KS5 - Physics

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Physics is one of the most challenging and the most exciting subject Post-16 has to offer.  Want to measure the speed of sound in air to 98% accuracy? Fancy practically determining the wavelength of laser light by measuring a few lengths and angles?  Interested in measuring absolute zero in the laboratory?  Then A Level physics is the subject for you.

Walk the footsteps of Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Einstein and Higgs.  Challenge yourself to delve examine energy and matter at the quantum level, and spend your time thinking and discussing fundamental questions about the Universe.

Students need to be highly committed, and willing to put in an Outstanding Effort to achieve well.

Exam structure / weightings

There are three exams at the end of Year 13, these are worth 30%, 30% and 40% respectively. All three can draw on any topic within the syllabus, with the third, longest exam being most likely to ask questions about the core practicals in the A Level syllabus.

Career Opportunities

A Level Physics is both challenging and desirable to a wide breadth of University courses, and sectors of commerce and industry. Achieving well in Physics shows that you can cope with high levels of challenge and pressure, it shows that you can handle academic rigour.

Obvious careers would be engineering, scientific research and medicine, however others include such creative subjects as Architecture and games design.

Please click this link to view the full course specification.

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 12

Higher, Faster, Stronger

Mechanics Taught through the context of sports.

The sound of Music

Waves in the context of music

Good Enough to Eat

Material Properties in the context of the food industry

Technology in Space

Current Electricity in the context of space exploration

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 12

Digging Up the Past

A plethora of scanning technologies linking parts of the specification

Spare Part Surgery

Medical science covering optics, EM radiation and materials

 

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 13

Transport on Track

Further Mechanics and Electric Motors in trains

The Medium is the Message

Communications industry is the context for more waves exploration

Probing the Heart of Matter

Particle Physics and all the mechanics of fundamental Physics

Build or Bust

Simple harmonic motion and is taught through earthquakes and building design

  Cycle 4 Cycle 5  Cycle 6
Year 13

Reach for the Stars

Nuclear Physics, Stellar Evolution and measuring the universe is taught by gazing at the stars

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