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Science at the Winton Community Academy is an exciting and innovative subject that encourages students to be ambitious, aspirational, creative, and to question the world around them. 

During their time at Winton, students will develop practical skills, independent research skills, and the ability to critically debate relevant ethical issues. The programmes of study, as well as the learning beyond the classroom opportunities allow our students to build on their science knowledge, explore their environment, be introduced to science in a real-world context, and provide each student with a pathway to achieve successful qualifications to pursue post sixteen     education or training. 

KS3 Science (year 7 and 8)

The programme of study at KS3 covers the 5 key ideas of science (energy, cells, particles, forces and interdependence), develops investigative skills, and gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in project based learning. This provides a solid foundation for developing our students’ understanding of science, and its importance and relevance in today’s, and tomorrow’s society.

KS4 Science (year 9, 10 and 11)

Winton offers two main pathways at KS4 for our students to continue their science education. Students who wish to follow a more academic GCSE pathway follow the AQA exam board specification through Core and Additional Science, with some students being offered Triple Science. The alternative vocational choice is the Level 2 Edexcel BTEC First Award, which offers students the equivalent of 2 grades at GCSE. Regardless of which pathway students follow, they will study areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as developing their scientific investigative skills. The only difference is how the qualifications are assessed, which is outlined below.

AQA Science

Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Award

 

Units

% of GCSE

Method of Assessment

 

Units

% of BTEC

Method of Assessment

Core

(Yr.9 for triple scientists, Yr.10 for all other students)

Biology B1

Chemistry C1

Physics P1

ISA (course-work)

25%

25%

25%

25%

External exam (6 June)

External exam (10 June)

External exam (12 June)

Internal (September)

Principles of Science

(Yr.9 students (except triple scientists), set 10b2 and 11a2.)

1 – Principles of Science

2 – Chemistry & Our Earth

3 – Energy & Our Universe

4 – Biology & Our Environment

25%

 

25%

 

25%

 

25%

External exam

(June or Nov.)

Internal

 

Internal

 

Internal

Additional

(Yr.10 for triple scientists, Yr.11 for all other students)

Biology B2

Chemistry C2

Physics P2

ISA (course-work)

25%

25%

25%

25%

External exam (13 May)

External exam (15 May)

External exam (19 May)

Internal (October)

Applica-tions of Science

(September 2014 start)

5 – Applications of Chemical Substances

6 – Applications of Physical Science

7 – Health Applications of Life Science

8 – Scientific Skills

25%

 

25%

 

25%

 

 

25%

Internal

 

Internal

 

Internal

 

 

External exam

Triple

(September 2016 start)

Biology B3

Chemistry C3

Physics P3

ISA (course-work)

25%

25%

25%

25%

External exam

External exam

External exam

Internal

 

Learning Beyond the Classroom:

STEM club (year 7 and 8): Meet fortnightly on a Wednesday

Go4SET STEM challenges (year 8 and 9): To start after the Christmas holidays

Horticultural Society (year 7, 8 and 9): Students to grow and keep their own fruit and vegetables in the Science garden. To start in March, 2014.

Blue Fusion at IBM (year 10): March, 2014

Science Support:

Exam preparation/revision/BTEC catch-up (year 9, 10 and 11): To start after the Christmas holidays

Weekend and holiday revision seminars (year 9, 10 and 11): To start during the Easter holidays

 

Trips:

Year 7 – Science Museum

Year 8 – Natural History Museum

Year 9 – Intech Planetarium

Year 10 – Oceanography Department, University of Southampton