Science

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”   
Albert Einstein

At St. George’s Science is taught by subject specialist teachers working within purpose designed Science laboratories.  Our facilities allow pupils to understand that science is an experimental subject and the best way to learn is to ask questions.

We teach pupils not to just learn the answer but pose questions.

From year 7 onwards, we focus on pupil skills as well as knowledge. We aim for our students to not just recall knowledge but be able to apply their knowledge, analyse data, write their answers rationally using evidence and critique approaches.

Science is taught by subject specialist teachers; teachers meet regularly to share good practice and exchange ideas. External subject specialists are used to deliver training sessions that enable all Science teachers to keep abreast of changes and better equip us in our teaching practices. 

During KS3 students build excellent foundations in scientific knowledge and investigative skills. We guide our students through the scientific curriculum covering the theoretical concepts with engaging lessons and dedicating lessons to the planning, conducting and analysis of scientific investigations. We see KS3 as an opportunity for students to investigate, ask questions and build a love for the subject.

Throughout the year we provide opportunities for scientific trips, arrange a zoo visit to our labs and host dissections after school for our KS3 students.

As we move through year 9 we begin to look ahead towards KS4 with time dedicated to “transitional lessons” focusing on KS4 skills and concepts to ensure our students are ready to begin KS4 in year 10.

We begin our scientific journey through KS4 science in year 10. The majority of our pupils read the Combined Science: Trilogy syllabus, with a smaller, select group studying the triple Science course.

Start of KS4 is an opportune time for pupils to expand their scientific knowledge. They conduct more than 24 practical activities to put their theory into practice. Teachers regularly mark and assess pupil work to provide them with developmental feedback. Teachers dedicate their spare time to further support pupils through after school and Saturday revision sessions. 

Pupils study AQA syllabus, specification for which can be found here:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

The curriculum is designed to stimulate pupil’s curiosity and make them well-rounded individuals. Pupils also have the opportunity of completing work experience in St. George’s university, attend workshops on engineering and medicine and attend trips allowing them to expand their knowledge outside of classrooms. 

BIOLOGY

At KS5 we build on previous knowledge and skills to develop our pupils as confident scientists. The new curriculum provides pupils with a broad opportunity to conduct investigations. A minimum of 12 practical activities form an integral part of the course. 

Biology at our school has been extremely popular and successful. Each year most of our Biologists have gone to peruse either medicine or biology based subjects in Russel group universities. Rigorous BMAT and UKCAT preparatory sessions are in place to further support pupils. Pupils can also avail themselves to interview practice sessions. Through our close working relations with top universities we are able to apply for pupils to attend summer schools affording them the opportunity to gain hospital work experience. 

Pupils study AQA syllabus, specification for which can be found at here:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF

In year 12, pupils study the following topics:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment 
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

In year 13, pupils study the following topics:

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

PHYSICS

Physics is the study of how things work and the Universe functions. KS5 physics begins studying matter at a very small scale, building on acquired GCSE knowledge of fundamental particles, to modules concerning gravitational fields and mechanics. Throughout all the topics pupils will learn problem solving skills that will help you in many future careers.

Physics at our school has become increasingly popular, with each year pupils applying to Russel Group universities to study engineering, architecture or physics based subjects. During the course of their studies, pupils can attend the Sussex Study Experience designed to enrich the pupil’s knowledge of physics or engineering at an undergraduate level. Pupils also have the opportunity to visit CERN in Switzerland.

Pupils study AQA syllabus, specification for which can be found at:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-7407-7408-SP-2015.PDF 

In year 12, pupils study the following topics:

  • Particles and radiation – the fundamental properties of matter, radiation and energy.
  • Waves – understanding everyday applications to fundamental discoveries.
  • Mechanics and materials – A starting point for many future careers i.e. engineering, transport and technology.
  • Electricity – from basic principles to calculations.

In year 13, pupils study the following topics:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics – building on AS topics with circular motion and material properties.
  • Fields and their consequences – The similarities and differences between gravitational, electric and magnetic fields.
  • Nuclear physics – developing the understanding of the nucleus.
  • An Option of:

o Astrophysics

o Medical physics

o Engineering physics

o Turning points in physics

o Electronics

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is a popular subject at St George’s, which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and workplace.  The AQA qualification offers students an engaging and stimulating introduction to the study of psychology, combined with the academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.  Associated careers include teaching, nursing, human resources, marketing, and clinical psychology.

Past students have successfully completed the Nuffield Health work experience placement in their chosen area of psychological study. The department organises student visits to Universities for taster days, as well as conferences linked to areas of study. 

Pupils study AQA syllabus, specification for which can be found at:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/psychology/specifications/AQA-7181-7182-SP-2015.PDF

Topics studied across the two-year course are listed below, as well as the link to the specification taught here at St George’s.

  1. Social Influence
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Approaches in psychology
  6. Biopsychology
  7. Research Methods
  8. Issues and Debates in psychology
  9. Gender
  10. Schizophrenia
  11. Aggression

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is a vocation or work-related qualification. The course is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the science and technological sectors alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. The scientific field is an exciting and constantly changing environment, with a wide range of opportunities. This course aims to equip students with many skills which are recognised and desired in all science and technological sectors.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one GCE A Level. You can reach 56 UCAS Tariff points with a Distinction*.

There are four units in total, two units per academic year. Each year will consist of one exam unit and one coursework unit.

In Year 12 the two units studied are:

1  Principles and Applications of Science I

A Periodicity and properties of elements (Chemistry)

B Structure and functions of cells and tissues (Biology)

C Waves in communication (Physics)

2   Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

A Undertake titration and colourimetry to determine the concentration of solutions.

B Undertake Calorimetry to study cooling curves.

C Undertake Chromatographic techniques to identify components in mixtures

D Reflection as a scientist

 

In Year 13 the two units studied are:

Scientific Investigation Skills (Externally Assessed)

-Planning a scientific investigation

-Data collection, processing and analysis/interpretation

-Drawing conclusions and evaluation

-Essential Practicals: Enzymes in action, Diffusion of molecules, Plants and their environment, Energy content of fuels, Electrical circuits

Human Regulation and Reproduction (Internally Assessed)

 - Interrelationships and nervous control of the cardiovascular and     respiratory systems

- Homeostatic mechanisms used by the human body

- The Role of hormones in the regulation and control of the reproductive system

 

Pupils study Pearson’s syllabus, specification for which can be found at:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Applied-Science/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938164_BTECNat_AppSci_ExtCert_Spec.pdf