Key Stage 3
St George’s Academy delivers the KS3 course over the first two years in order to give students the foundation on which to build success at both GCSE and A level. The main areas of study include:
- Organisms, Behaviour and Health: Life processes, cells, health, variation and classification, feeding relationships, genetics
- Chemical and Material Behaviour: Solids, liquids and gases, periodic table, pH scale for acids, bases and alkalis, chemical reactions
- Energy, Electricity and Forces: Energy, forces, light, space, electricity and magnetism
Key Stage 4
At St George’s Academy we provide two possible routes through to GCSE. Most students will study GCSE Combined Science. Students who are maintaining high levels of progresion and attainment in Key Stage 3 take the Seperate Sciences.
All Science GCSE courses are examined at the end of Year 11. The courses available are
GCSE Combined Science
GCSE Combined Science encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It provides insight into and experience of how science works, stimulating learners' curiosity and encouraging them to engage with science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study and career paths.
The course covers aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, examined by two papers in each subject (6 overall). Students have to complete a series of practical activities which must be recorded.
This qualification is equivalent to two GCSEs and builds on the work covered in KS3. Successful completion of GCSE Combine Science will allow progression to GCE, BTEC and other post-16 science and science-related programmes.
GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics (Separate Sciences)
Students will obtain 3 separate GCSE awards in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students follow the same course content as GCSE Combined Science, followed by an extra extension module in each Science with more demanding content. The separate sciences are ideal preparation for further study at GCE A Level and above. There will be two examination papers for each subject, and eight required practicals.
Key Stage 5 Science Courses
The Science department offers a full range of courses to allow all students to access Science at KS5.
The courses available are:
- BTEC LEVEL 3 IN APPLIED SCIENCE
- A LEVEL BIOLOGY
- A LEVEL CHEMISTRY
- A LEVEL PHYSICS
- A LEVEL ELECTRONICS