Mrs H Twyble
Head of Science
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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. The department consists of five teachers and a technician who work tirelessly to maintain high standards of engagement and attainment for our students.

I should like to take the opportunity to let you know about all the extra activities that the SMCC Science department has put in place to support our students in 2018-19.

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 Mr Howard, Miss Hocken and Mr Brown on Thursdays after school, meeting at the Science office. Revision will be tailored to the needs of those who attend.

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

Students are provided with revision guides and work books. They also have access to resources such as “GCSE pod” which covers many subjects. Specifically for Science they have “educake” and “Tassomai” which are valuable revision resources. Tassomai is tailored to our exam board and specification.

In addition, there are likely to be other extra-curricular opportunities. Students should look out for mention of these in the Student Briefing in order not to miss out.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Helen Twyble
Head of Science.

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
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.

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.