Science

Head of Subject : Mr T Griffiths

As a specialist subject, Science is helping to raise the overall standards across the school. All students undertake science from Year 7 to Year 11, during this time innovative teachers work hard to encourage and develop a culture of enquiry and understanding through shared learning.

The Science Faculty comprises of 11 well resourced laboratories, five of which have been recently refurbished. One of the laboratories has been adapted to allow for primary students visiting the school to experience the wonders of science. In addition to the laboratories, there is also an ICT suite, which gives students the opportunity to conduct scientific research, access revision programmes and undertake experimental write-ups.

Students undertake courses which are suited to their ability in order to provide challenge throughout their science education.

Key Stage 3

​At Mayflower, all students undertake a two-year Key Stage 3 course during Year 7 and Year 8.  Students are taught in two parallel cohorts per year.  Within each cohort, students are divided into groups according to their ability.


The very popular Atomic club is open to KS3 students who want to experience science with a bang. Visiting speakers and organisations such the Science Museum are invited to attend the school with the intention of further enhancing the curriculum provided for all. Each year, the faculty enters a team for the Salters' Festival of Science, a unique experience for those participating. 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students will study the AQA Science A course. Depending upon ability and whether they participate in a college course, students undertake one of two pathways:

  1. Separate Sciences - 3 distinct GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are awarded.

  2. Combined Trilogy Science – 2 GCSEs are awarded.

Students will study the three disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout their KS4 course in varying levels of depth and detail according to the course they are following.

Separate Sciences -- GCSE

DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE

The Science Faculty offers the opportunity to attain three distinct GCSE grades in Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Students will achieve distinct GCSE grades for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

There will be a greater demand upon mathematical skills – this will make up 10% of Biology, 20% of Chemistry and 30% of Physics marks.

CONTENT OF THE COURSE

Biology

  • Cell biology

  • Organisation

  • Infection and response

  • Bioenergetics

  • Homeostasis & response

  • Inheritance, variation & evolution

  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • 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

  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy

  • Electricity

  • Particle model of matter

  • Atomic structure

  • Energy

  • Waves

  • Magnetism & Electromagnetism

  • Space Physics

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Students will undertake 2 examination papers each 105 minutes in length per subject.  Questions are expected to be a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answers and open response.  In addition to subject content, students will be examined on compulsory required practical investigations and practical skills.

EXAM BOARD: AQA

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Biology: 8461

  • Chemistry: 8462

  • Physics: 8463

For further details, please click on the relevant link below:

AQA GCSE Biology

AQA GCSE Chemistry

AQA GCSE Physics


Combined Science -- Trilogy

DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy –  Students will achieve 2 GCSE grades for this qualification.

There will be a greater demand upon mathematical skills – this will make up 20% of the overall marks.

CONTENT OF THE COURSE

Biology

  • Cell biology

  • Organisation

  • Infection and response

  • Bioenergetics

  • Homeostasis & response

  • Inheritance, variation & evolution

  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • 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

  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy

  • Electricity

  • Particle model of matter

  • Atomic structure

  • Energy

  • Waves

  • Magnetism & Electromagnetism

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Students will undertake 6 examination papers each 75 minutes in length.  Questions are expected to be a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answers and open response.  In addition to subject content, students will be examined on compulsory required practical investigations and practical skills.

EXAM BOARD: AQA

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Combined Science -- Trilogy AQA 8464

For further details, please click on the relevant link below:

AQA Combined Science