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Harlington Upper School

Science

Director of Science – Mr M Munshi

Associate Head of Science (KS4 coordinator) – Mrs L Hymus

Assistant Head of Science (Head of KS5 Chemistry) – Mrs T Bell

Head of KS5 Biology – Mrs V Lumley

Head of KS5 Physics – Mr J Hutchins

Head of KS5 BTEC – Mr B Clark

Year 9 Science Coordinator – Mr D Rayner

Science teacher – Dr C Gregory

Science teacher – Mr C Prickett

Science teacher – Mr M Thomas

Science teacher – Miss H Read

Science teacher – Mrs G Detheridge

Science teacher – Mr S Sims

Science teacher – Mr P Downes

Science teacher – Mrs A Yates

Science teacher – Mr J Elmes

Science technicians – Mrs K Bielskite, Mrs M Benton and Mrs S Dolling

Science Faculty

The Department has 11 science labs each well equipped to allow all types of Biology, Chemistry and Physics practical work to be completed. The science department has three technical staff that support all of the practical work in science.

Our vision:

“To promote high achievement in science through enjoyment, challenge and quality teaching”

KS4 Curriculum

At KS4 students have the opportunity to study either GCSE Combined science (worth 2 GCSE’s) or GCSE Separate sciences (worth 3 GCSE’s: biology, chemistry and physics). Click here for further information and guidance on which course you should choose.

Curriculum Information

Subject

Science

Qualification

Gateway science suite – Combined science A (9-1)

Exam Board

OCR

Course Leader

Mrs Hymus

Course Summary

At KS4 students have the opportunity to study either GCSE Combined science (worth 2 GCSE’s) or GCSE Separate sciences (worth 3 GCSE’s: biology, chemistry and physics)

 Combined science:

OCR Gateway science suite – Combined science A (9-1)

B1

Cell level systems

B2

Scaling up

B3

Organism level systems

B4

Community level systems

B5

Interaction between systems

B6

Global challenges

C1

Particles

C2

Elements, compounds and mixtures

C3

Chemical reactions

C4

Predicting and identifying reactions and products

C5

Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions

C6

Global challenges

P1

Matter

P2

Forces

P3

Electricity and magnetism

P4

Waves and radioactivity

P5

Energy

P6

Global challenges

CS7

Practical skills

 

How will students be assessed?

 

Year 9 - 11

 Students following the combined science course will sit 6 written exams at the end of year 11, each 1 hour 10 minutes in length and each with a weighting of 16.7% of the qualification. In addition to this, students’ practical ability will be assessed throughout the course via a series of 16 required practical activities (PAGs) for which a record is kept and sent to the examining body. Knowledge of these practical activities will also be assessed via questions in the written exam papers

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Curriculum Information

Subject

GCSE Separate Sciences

Qualification

OCR Gateway science suite – Biology A (9-1)

OCR Gateway science suite – Chemistry A (9-1)

OCR Gateway science suite – Physics A (9-1)

Exam Board

OCR

Course Leader

Mrs Hymus

Course Summary

 

B1

Cell level systems

B2

Scaling up

B3

Organism level systems

B4

Community level systems

B5

Genes, inheritance and selection

B6

Global challenges

C1

Particles

C2

Elements, compounds and mixtures

C3

Chemical reactions

C4

Predicting and identifying reactions and products

C5

Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions

C6

Global challenges

P1

Matter

P2

Forces

P3

Electricity

P4

Magnetism and magnetic fields

P5

Waves in matter

P6

Radioactivity

P7

Energy

P8

Global challenges

B7, C7 and P9

Practical skills

 

How will students be assessed?

 

Year 10 and Year 11

 For each of the three scientific disciplines, students will sit 2 written exams at the end of year 11, each 1 hour 45 minutes in length and each with a weighting of 50% of qualification. In addition to this, students’ practical ability will be assessed throughout the course via a series of 16 required practical activities (PAGs) for which a record is kept and sent to the examining body. Knowledge of these practical activities will also be assessed via questions in the written exam papers

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KS5 Curriculum

Visit the Sixth Form Curriculum pages for more information.

Chemistry

The A and AS level Chemistry courses build upon the science of matter introduced at GCSE level and aims to stimulate further insight into the properties and reactions of  materials we use in our world today. Students study OCR Chemistry A which is a modular specification in which practical skills are integrated with the theoretical topics. These are assessed both through written papers and, for A level only, the non-exam assessment of practical work (Practical Endorsement). To embark on this specification, students need at least Grade B in GCSE Maths and GCSE Chemistry / Grade BB in Double Science.

This fascinating but challenging subject provides an essential basis for further study such as degree courses in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Veterinary Science and can lead to a wide range of rewarding careers in chemical, pharmaceutical and service industries.

Students are well supported throughout the A and AS level Chemistry courses with support session available every Tuesday afterschool.

Physics

Physics is the most fundamental of the three Sciences. This fascinating and challenging subject underpins everything that we know about how the Universe works. Students at Harlington will follow the OCR Physics A course, and topics covered during the two years include:

-Electricity & Circuits

-Waves & Light

-Quantum Physics, Electrons & Photons

-Scalars, Vectors & Kinematics

-Newton’s Law of Motion & Gravitational Fields

-Cosmology & Astrophysics

-Thermal Physics & Heat

-Medical Physics & X-rays

-Nuclear Physics

-Particle Physics

-Simple Harmonic Motion & Oscillations

Throughout the course student will receive regular homework, tests, feedback and support to ensure they achieve their potential.  The course provides an essential basis from which students could go on to study Physics or Engineering at university. Physicists end up working in numerous areas including the defence industry, research, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, automotive engineering, banking, finance and even the legal sector.

To be eligible for the A-Level Physics course prospective students must have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Mathematics and either a grade B in GCSE Physics or grades BB in Double Science.

Students achieving a grade A in GCSE Mathematics and/or taking A-Level Mathematics will find the course easier due to its numerical content, but a B grade is the required minimum.