Welcome to the Science Department!
Welcome to the NUSA Science Department.
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Scheme of Work
Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8, all students study modules in Physics, Chemistry and Biology with a greater emphasis on 'How Science Works' - developing key scientific skills and laying the foundations for further study.
For further details, see the Year 7 and Year 8 individual pages, or go to the DfES Secondary Science Standards site.
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
In Year 9 most students begin by starting to study the AQA Science GCSE. This is taught as Biology, Physics and Chemistry by specialist teachers. All GCSE students will go on to cover the Core and Additional specifications, but with the majority aiming to complete separate qualifications in Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
Some students are working towards the Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Applied Science. This combines equal proportions of the 3 sciences. It is a vocational course, incorporating more practical aspects of science. Students are assessed mainly on their coursework and practical skills with a single written examination. A pass is the equivalent of 4 GCSE grade Cs, a merit is the equivalent of 4 GCSE grade.