Science

Staff
Mrs H Twyble
Head of Science
Email: htwyble@smcc.devon.sch.uk ›
Mr C Howard
Mrs J Foster-Skelton
Mr D Lewis
Miss N Wicks
Mr S Brown

Exam board: AQA

Science at SMCC is taught in five purpose built laboratories all of which are equipped with data projectors and interactive whiteboards. We have five teachers and a technician and we aim to provide an excellent Science education with extracurricular opportunities and career aspirations. Students study Combined Science (Trilogy) or Separate Sciences.

Science Support
Science Extra
Science extra is homework and Science support arranged by Mrs Foster-Skelton. All are welcome in room 209 every Thursday lunchtime.

Science Revision
Science revision is aimed at years 10 and 11 and is provided by all Science teachers on Thursdays after school, meeting at the Science office. Revision is tailored to the needs of those who attend.

Gold Club
Gold club is provided by all Science teachers and is aimed at supporting those students with target grades in the 7-9 range to tackle the more challenging areas of study and question styles.

Resources
Students are provided with revision guides and work-books. They also have access to resources such as “GCSE pod” and SENECA learning. Specifically for Science they have “educake” and for the Year 11 students who have opted in,  “Tassomai”.

Our department is currently engaged in a boat building project with the Princess Yachts team.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Helen Twyble
Head of Science.

COMBINED SCIENCE GCSE (double award GCSE) 
Examination Board: AQA 8464

This course is designed to equip students with the skills and understanding to help them become scientifically literate citizens. It will also provide a route of progression to science A levels. The course will contain a large amount of practical work and will cover the 24 topics shown below. The GCSE will be assessed by six written exams at the end of the course, each of 1 hour and 15 minutes duration.

Biology  Chemistry  Physics
1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and
response
6. Inheritance, variation
and evolution
7. Ecology
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 10. Quantitative chemistry 11. Chemical changes 12. Energy changes 13. The rate and extent of chemical change 14. Organic chemistry 15. Chemical analysis 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere 17. Using resources  18. Forces 19. Energy 20. Waves 21. Electricity 22. Magnetism and electromagnetism 23. Particle model of matter 24. Atomic structure

SEPARATE SCIENCE GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Examination Board: AQA 8461, 8462 and 8463

This course will result in three separate GCSEs being awarded in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All the topics of the Combined Science GCSE will be covered but with increased content. Lessons will deal with all three sciences at a much higher level and will suit those who may wish to pursue science at post 16 and degree levels.  It will be particularly useful for those wishing to study medicine or veterinary science.  Each GCSE will be assessed by two written exams at the end of the course, each of 1 hour and 45 minutes duration.  Students should be working comfortably at a grade 6 or higher in science in order to opt for this route.

KS3
Science is taught to mixed ability groups in years 7, 8 and the first term of year 9. Great emphasis is placed on developing practical skills and methods of enquiry. Each student is issued with a homework book that contains a variety of tasks and practical activities.