Science - curriculum page - Codsall Community High School
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Science – curriculum page

All students at Codsall Community High School will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics during their time with us. We have ten fully equipped laboratories, specialist teaching staff and technician support for experiments and practical activities.
Students will combine theory with practical work to enhance their knowledge of Science.
The Science Department aims to:
• Provide outstanding teaching and learning to all students
• Equip all students with the skills they need to succeed in their next steps
• Promote scientific literacy so students can engage with current events
There are two routes for students studying Science at Codsall Community High School:
1. Combined Science
2. Triple Science

Combined Science

All students will have 4 timetabled Science lessons per week in Years 9 and 10 and 5 in Year 11. We follow AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy GCSE and at the end of year 11 these students will have two GCSEs in Combined Science.
Students will study a variety of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics during their time with us where they will learn not only subject specific knowledge but also transferable skills that they can use outside of the school environment. Many employers value the skills acquired during the study of scientific subjects.
We use a spiral curriculum to encourage knowledge recall over the course of three years. Students will study part of a topic in Year 9, another part of the same topic in Year 10 and a third part in Year 11. This allows students to recall information over the entirety of the course in preparation for their exams at the end of Year 11.

How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% exam and students will complete all of these at the end of Year 11. Each exam is worth 16.7% of the final grade awarded.
Biology Paper 1 assesses Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response and Bioenergetics
Biology Paper 2 assesses: Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation and Evolutions and Ecology
Chemistry Paper 1 assesses: Atomic Structure, Bonding and the Properties of Matter, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes and Energy Changes
Chemistry Paper 2 assesses: Rates of Reaction, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources
Physics Paper 1 assesses: Energy, Electricity, the Particle Model of Matter and Atomic Structure
Physics Paper 2 assesses: Forces, Waves and Magnetism and Electromagnetism.
Who can I speak to for more information?
For more information about Combined Science please speak to Miss Shipley – Development Teacher for Combined Science

Triple Science

Students at Codsall Community High School can choose to take Triple Science as one of their options. This means that they get 6 timetabled lessons a week (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics). We follow AQA GCSE Biology, AQA GCSE Chemistry and AQA GCSE Physics. Students will have three GCSEs at the end of Year 11, one in each science.
Students will study a variety of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics during their time with us where they will learn not only subject specific knowledge but also transferable skills that they can use outside of the school environment.
There is some additional content in Triple Science that is not on the Combined Science Specification. This means that students will get a deeper understanding of the fundamental content and extend their knowledge by looking at topics in more detail. For Biology and Chemistry this extra knowledge falls within the same topics as Combined Science but for Physics as well as additions to other topics there is an entire topic that is not covered in Combined Science.
We use a spiral curriculum to encourage knowledge recall over the course of three years. Students will study part of a topic in Year 9, another part of the same topic in Year 10 and a third part in Year 11. This allows students to recall information over the entirety of the course in preparation for their exams at the end of Year 11.

How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% exam and students will complete all of these at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 50% of the GCSE for that subject.
Biology Paper 1 assesses Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response and Bioenergetics
Biology Paper 2 assesses: Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation and Evolutions and Ecology
Chemistry Paper 1 assesses: Atomic Structure, Bonding and the Properties of Matter, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes and Energy Changes
Chemistry Paper 2 assesses: Rates of Reaction, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources
Physics Paper 1 assesses: Energy, Electricity, the Particle Model of Matter and Atomic Structure
Physics Paper 2 assesses: Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism and Space.
Who can I speak to for more information?
For more information about Triple Science please speak to:
Mr Bristoll – Development Teacher for Biology
Dr Fairlie – Development Teacher for Chemistry
Mr Yapp – Development Teacher for Physics