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Science is full of wonder and intrigue and our team of specialist biology, chemistry and physics teachers ensure that scientific enquiry is paramount and that students are engaged in purposeful, investigative lessons.

Science provides a wealth of knowledge that allows students to understand the world around them, not just whilst at school, but for the rest of their lives. At Bedlington Academy, we believe a high-quality science education provides the foundations for students to enable them to go on to contribute positively in many diverse areas of science and beyond. We teach students the key knowledge, methods, processes, and uses of science -  skills that are useful not just in science, but across the whole curriculum.

Science allows you to gain an understanding of the world around us and there is always more to learn.
Year 13 student

Potential career paths and further study

Whilst many of students will go to pursue a range of careers in science from midwifery to engineering and pure chemistry to neuroscience, it is our expectation that all of our students will develop the key scientific skills of rational explanation and critical thinking that will stand them in good stead whatever their choices in the future.

In Physics, the practicals are entertaining and creative and explained concisely.
Year 10 student

SCIENCE CURRICULUM INFORMATION FOR YEARS 7-11

Year

Term

Units of Work

Assessments

 7

Autumn

Particles and matter, cells, forces, reproduction

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 

Spring

Elements, Energy, Ecosystems.

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 

Summer

Separating techniques, sound, the solar system

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 8

Autumn

Keeping healthy, the periodic table, electricity and chemical reactions

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 

Spring

Light, heating and cooling, work, Photosynthesis and respiration

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 

Summer

Earth chemistry, Evolution, magnets

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 9

Autumn

 Atomic structure, cells, energy

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term. 

 

Spring

Structure and bonding, Organisation, particles and matter

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 

Summer

Electricity, photosynthesis and respiration

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 10

Autumn

Chemical calculation, communicable disease, radioactivity chemical changes

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 

Spring

Hormones, energy changes. Rates, Forces

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

 

Summer

Nervous system, reproduction, evolution, Crude oil, Forces and motion

 End of unit tests, mock exam in June

 11

Autumn

Inheritance and variation, genetics and evolution, chemical analysis

 End of unit tests, mock exam in the first term. 

 

Spring

Earth’s atmosphere, Earth’s resources, adaptations. Organising ecosystems, electromagnetism, waves.

 End of unit tests and a progress check assessment at the end of the term.

BTEC/GCSE COURSE INFORMATION

Qualification & Board

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Applied Science 

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

Learners study three mandatory units, unit 1 and 2 are covered in Year 12. Unit 3 and the optional unit are covered in Year 13.

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills.

Learners choose one optional unit. Optional units include:

  • Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Unit 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Unit 13: Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Unit 15: Electrical Circuits and their Application.

Potential Career paths

Supports progression to higher education, to an Apprenticeship or entry level employment in the science sector. Possible future career paths include: laboratory assistant; technician; midwifery; nursing.

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

External Assessment:

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I

  • Written examination set and marked by Pearson. • 1.5 hours. • 90 marks.

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

  • A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
  • The supervised assessment period is arranged over 9 days timetabled by Pearson.
  • The scenario and practical investigation in Part A is given to learners 8 days before Part B is scheduled and is undertaken under supervision in a single session of 3 hours.
  • Part B is a set task that is undertaken under supervision in a single session of 1.5 hours in a session timetabled by Pearson
  • 60 marks.

Internal Assessment:

During internal assessment of Unit 2 and the optional unit, learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners will be given opportunities to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment, procedures and techniques.

Core or Option

Option

No Option Choices (GCSE only)

 

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

One

 

Qualification & Board

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemicalchanges; and Energy changes.

The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources

Potential Career paths

A good GCSE in chemistry can lead to a wide variety of careers and further study. In many areas from engineering to medicine.

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

There are two papers: Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Required practicals are assessed within the examination. Each exam has the same format.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE  •Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Chemistry Paper 1

Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties

of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources

Core or Option

Core

No Option Choices (GCSE only)

 

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

One GCSE

 

Qualification & Board

AQA GCSE Physics (8463)

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

 

Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Potential Career paths

A good GCSE in Physics can lead to a wide variety of careers and further study. In many areas from engineering to medicine.

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

There are two papers: Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Required practicals are assessed within the examination. Each exam has the same format.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE  •Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Physics Paper 1

Topics 1–4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2

Topics 5–8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in Paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

Core or Option

Core

No Option Choices (GCSE only)

 

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

One GCSE

 

Qualification & Board

AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Potential Career paths

A good GCSE  in biology can lead to a wide variety of careers and further study. In many areas from engineering to medicine.

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

There are two papers: Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Required practicals are assessed within the examination. Each exam has the same format.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE  •Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Biology Paper 1

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Core or Option

Core

No Option Choices (GCSE only)

 

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

One GCSE