We want our students to become future scientists and engineers who enjoy and value the learning opportunities provided for them here at The Orchard Centre.
“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”
Our science curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of all our students. We offer a range of progression routes which enable students to close the gap between an interrupted educational career and their mainstream goal. The curriculum not only develops students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of science topic areas, it enables them to develop the skills required to become more independent, creative and innovative learners in order to make other links between their subject knowledge.
GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.
Although the subject content covers all three disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), the qualification is a double award and therefore is equivalent to two GCSEs. There are six exam papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas and carries 70 raw marks, equivalent to 16.7% of the overall GCSE. Each written examination is 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration, including multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions.
It is advisable to purchase suitable revision guides for your child. We recommend the Oxford publications, which follow the textbooks that we use in centre.
– AQA Biology for GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Revision Guide by Niva Miles and Lawrie Ryan
– AQA Physics for GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Revision Guide by Pauline Anning and Lawrie Ryan
Areas of Study
The Biology topics covered are; Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.
The Chemistry topics covered are; Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.
The Physics topics covered are; Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves and Magnetism and electromagnetism.
There are three interconnected, but separate reasons for carrying out or observing demonstrations of practical work in schools. These reasons are; to support and consolidate scientific concepts (knowledge and understanding). To develop investigative skills and to build and master practical skills. Through practical work we are able to make sense of new information and observations, and provide insights into the development of scientific thinking. By focusing on the reasons for carrying out a particular practical, teachers will help their students understand the subject better, to develop the skills of a scientist and to master the manipulative skills required for further study or jobs in STEM subjects.