Students study to the specification of OCR Gateway Science B, and achieve a GCSE qualification. In both years 10 and 11, students will be taught a range of Biological, Chemical and Physical concepts to inspire and engage their inner Scientist, while helping to prepare them for examination.
In year 10, the Biology topics are centred on understanding organisms, focusing on structures and scientific life processes concerning animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms. In year 11, the focus is on interactions of organisms in different environments. Students will collect and interpret information about the natural world to identify patterns and relate possible cause and effect, and learn how Biological information is used to help humans improve their own lives and strive to create a sustainable world for future generations.
The Chemistry component of the course is structured to help students best understand chemical reactions, by first of all introducing basic concepts, then building up, by examples of reactions, to the use of Chemical reactions in industry and in interacting with Earth systems. Students study the science of the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter, understood in terms of atoms, sub-atomic particles and the way they are arranged and link together.
Physics is the science of the fundamental concepts of field, force, radiation and particle structures, which are inter-linked to form unified models of the behaviour of the material universe. These range from the broadest issue of the development of the universe over time to the numerous and detailed functions of new technologies. In year 10, students study fundamental concepts of thermal physics and forces (Newton’s Laws; Electricity and Magnetism), then go on to apply this knowledge in year 11, where, further to study of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, electrical power and global communications are a focus.