Science

"I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious."

Albert Einstein

Overview

The study of science fires students' curiosity about the world around them and whilst at Feversham they will develop as young scientists carrying out investigations to find their own explanations.

Students will discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change and how they affect industry, business and medicine. They will learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives and those faced by society.

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum programmes of study.

Biology: students will look at the structure and function of living organisms, materials and energy, interactions and interdependencies and genetics.

Chemistry: students investigate states of matter, substances, chemical reactions, energetics, the periodic table, the earth and its atmosphere and atoms, elements and compounds.

Physics: students will examine energy, forces and motion, waves, electricity and electromagnetism, matter and space physics.

KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4 there are two options available. Option 1 is two GCSEs and option 2 is 3 GCSEs.

Option 1 - Core Science (year 10)

All students study core science in year 10. This consists of the following topics:

  • Biology 1 - human biology, evolution and the environment
  • Chemistry 1 - products from rocks, the earth and its atmosphere
  • Physics 1 - energy and energy resources, electricity and waves.

Option 1 - Additional Science (year 11)

This course follows on from the Core Science course in year 10 and includes:

  • Biology 2 - cells, organs and populations, enzymes and genetics
  • Chemistry 2 - bonding and calculations, reaction rates, salts and electrolysis
  • Physics 2 - forces and their effects, electricity and the atom.

Option 2 - Separate Sciences (year 11)

If following the separate sciences courses students will take the subjects below in addition to the Core and Additional science units mentioned above. Students will study the following:

  • Biology 3 - life processes, humans and their environment
  • Chemistry 3 - elements, water and organic chemistry, titrations, energy and chemical tests
  • Physics 3 - medical applications of physics, forces and electromagnetism

KEY STAGE 5

Science at A Level allows students to develop an enthusiasm for the subject in addition to gaining the necessary knowledge and skills for further study in Higher Education.

Biology

Students will study the following for Biology AS:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms and their exchanges
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Students will study the following for Biology A2:

  • Energy transfer netween organisms
  • Organisms response to changes in internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression.

Chemistry

Students will study the following in AS and A2 Chemistry:

  • Physical chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry.

Physics

Students will study the folliwng in AS physics:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity.

Students will study the following for A2:

  • Periodic motion
  • Thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics.

Students will also study one of the following units: astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics or electronics.