Science

At Bodmin College we believe strongly that our pupils should be able to think freely about the way the world around them works. Children are naturally inquisitive and we endeavor to encourage this curiosity through a practical, enjoyable and challenging science curriculum.

The most recent Ofsted inspection drew many outstanding judgments from the Science Department. Our driving aim is that all of our pupils find a pathway in science that gives them the chance to achieve their full potential and then to challenge them to progress beyond their targets.

We have worked hard to forge strong links with our Primary feeder schools, for many years running well received Primary Science taster sessions for prospective students in Year 6.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club is a popular extra-curricular activity for those enthusiastic about Science.

Opportunities to enrich our students learning are many and varied. We have hosted events by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics, as well as working with local partners such as the Eden Project.

We have a great track record of retaining students who wish to study A-Level sciences and work closely with the William Clift Academy to successfully promote opportunities with the Sutton Trust, Arkwright Scholarships and residential opportunities such as Villiers Park.

KS3

Overview

In the first two years of College, pupils are engage in a skills based curriculum where practical and enquiry skills are at the forefront of their education. Practicals are used to enthuse and excite pupils and from these they learn many scientific ideas that help them understand the way the world works. Pupils study 6 discrete topics, one per half term, in each of Years 7 and 8. These 12 topics are equally divided between Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Assessment

Assessment at key stage 3 comes in the form of end-of-topic tests and an extended learning task that all students undertake (making-up one of the minimum two extended learning tasks each student receives each half-term).

Year 7

Students can look forward to two 100 minutes lessons of science per week.

Topics covered:

Biology

  • Cells
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Particles
  • Earth and Atmosphere

Physics

  • Forces
  • Energy

Year 8

Students can look forward to two 100 minutes lessons of science per week.

Topics covered:

Biology

  • Body Systems
  • Genes

Chemistry

  • Chemical Change
  • The Periodic Table

Physics

  • Forces
  • Energy

KS4

Overview

EDEXCEL GCSE Combined Science OR EDEXCEL GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics

During Year 8 pupils can choose to take Separate Science as a GCSE option to start in Year 9. Separate Science allows them to gain 3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. If pupils don’t choose Separate Sciences they will study a Combined Science program in which they will achieve 2 GCSEs. The science department is committed to helping pupils access the correct qualification for them and we are always looking for new pathways to achievement.

Assessment
EDEXCEL GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics

Students will sit 6 1 hour 45 minutes exams, each worth 60 marks, at either foundation (5-1) or higher (9-4) tiers. There are 2 Biology papers, 2 Chemistry papers and 2 Physics papers. The questions that make up the papers are a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Paper 1: Biology 1

Content overview:

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 2 - Cells and control
  • Topic 3 - Genetics
  • Topic 4 - Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Topic 5 - Health, disease and the development of medicines

Paper 2: Biology 2

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 6 - Plant structures and their functions
  • Topic 7 - Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Topic 8 - Exchange and transport in animals
  • Topic 9 - Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 3: Chemistry 1

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 2 - States of matter and mixtures
  • Topic 3 - Chemical changes
  • Topic 4 - Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Topic 5 - Separate Chemistry 1

Paper 4: Chemistry 2

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 6 - Groups in the periodic table
  • Topic 7 - Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Topic 8 - Fuels and Earth science
  • Topic 9 - Separate Chemistry 2

Paper 5: Physics 1

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 2 - Motion and forces
  • Topic 3 - Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 - Waves
  • Topic 5 - Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 - Radioactivity
  • Topic 7 - Astronomy

Paper 6: Physics 2

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 8 - Energy - Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 - Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 - Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 11 - Static Electricity
  • Topic 12 - Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 - Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 - Particle model
  • Topic 15 - Forces and matter
EDEXCEL GCSE Combined Science

Students will sit 6 1 hour 10 minutes exams, each worth 60 marks, at either foundation (5-1) or higher (9-4) tiers. There are 2 Biology papers, 2 Chemistry papers and 2 Physics papers. The questions that make up the papers are a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Paper 1: Biology 1

Content overview:

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 2 - Cells and control
  • Topic 3 - Genetics
  • Topic 4 - Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Topic 5 - Health, disease and the development of medicines

Paper 2: Biology 2

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 6 - Plant structures and their functions
  • Topic 7 - Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Topic 8 - Exchange and transport in animals
  • Topic 9 - Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 3: Chemistry 1

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 2 - States of matter and mixtures
  • Topic 3 - Chemical changes
  • Topic 4 - Extracting metals and equilibria

Paper 4: Chemistry 2

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 6 - Groups in the periodic table
  • Topic 7 - Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Topic 8 - Fuels and Earth science

Paper 5: Physics 1

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 2 - Motion and forces
  • Topic 3 - Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 - Waves
  • Topic 5 - Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 - Radioactivity

Paper 6: Physics 2

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 8 - Energy - Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 - Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 - Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 12 - Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 - Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 - Particle model
  • Topic 15 - Forces and matter

Year 9

EDEXCEL GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics

Those who have opted to study Separate Science will have the pleasure of three 100 minutes lessons in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics per fortnight. Students will study the same content as for Combined Science with additional content or additional topics or both as illustrated below.

Biology

  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • Cells and Control
  • Genetics

Chemistry

  • States of Matter
  • Method of Separating and Purifying Substances
  • Atomic Structure
  • The Periodic Table
  • Ionic and Covalent Bonding
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Calculations Involving Masses

Physics

  • Forces and Motion
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Waves
  • Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
EDEXCEL GCSE Combined Science

Those students studying Combined Science will enjoy three 100 minutes lessons per week, covering topics illustrated below.

Biology

  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • Cells and Control
  • Genetics

Chemistry

  • States of Matter
  • Method of Separating and Purifying Substances
  • Atomic Structure
  • The Periodic Table

Physics

  • Forces and Motion
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Waves

Year 10

EDEXCEL GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics

Those who have opted to study Separate Science will have the pleasure of three 100 minutes lessons in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics per fortnight. Students will study the same content as for Combined Science with additional content or additional topics or both as illustrated below.

Biology

  • Natural Selection and Genetic Modification
  • Health, Disease and the Development of Medicines
  • Plants Structures and their Functions

Chemistry

  • Electrolytic Processes
  • Obtaining and Using Metals
  • Reversible Reactions and Equilibria
  • Transition Metals, Alloys and Corrosion
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Dynamic Equilibria
  • Groups in the Periodic Table
  • Rates of Reaction
  • Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

Physics

  • Radioactivity
  • Forces and their Effects
  • Forces and Doing Work
  • Astronomy
  • Electricity and Circuits
EDEXCEL GCSE Combined Science

Those students studying Combined Science will enjoy three 100 minutes lessons per week, covering topics illustrated below.

Biology

  • Natural Selection and Genetic Modification
  • Health, Disease and the Development of Medicines
  • Plants Structures and their Functions

Chemistry

  • Ionic and Covalent Bonding
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Calculations Involving Masses
  • Fuels and, Earth and Atmospheric Science

Physics

  • Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Forces and their Effects

Year 11

EDEXCEL GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics

Those who have opted to study Separate Science will have the pleasure of three 100 minutes lessons in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics per fortnight. Students will study the same content as for Combined Science with additional content or additional topics or both as illustrated below.

Biology

  • Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis
  • Exchange and Transport in Animals
  • Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Chemistry

  • Fuels and, Earth and Atmospheric Science
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Polymers
  • Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids
  • Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter

Physics

  • Static Electricity
  • Magnetism and the Motor Effect
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • The Particle Model
  • Forces and Matter
EDEXCEL GCSE Combined Science

Those students studying Combined Science will enjoy three 100 minutes lessons per week, covering topics illustrated below.

Biology

  • Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis
  • Exchange and Transport in Animals
  • Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Chemistry

  • Electrolytic Processes
  • Obtaining and Using Metals
  • Reversible Reactions and Equilibria
  • Groups in the Periodic Table
  • Rates of Reaction
  • Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

Physics

  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
  • The Particle Model
  • Forces and Matter

KS5

Overview

EDEXCEL A Level Biology

In Biology you will develop practical skills by planning experiments, collecting data, analysing experimental results and making conclusions. You will also learn how scientific models are developed, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.

OCR A Level Chemistry A

At Bodmin College, we currently deliver the OCR Chemistry A curriculum. This is assessed through two exams at the end of Year 12, which form the AS qualification, or three in Year 13, forming the A level qualification. The assumption is that pupils will enrol on AS Chemistry and decide during the year whether they want to continue to A level. There is an emphasis on learning through doing, so practical investigations feature in the lessons.

AQA A Level Physics

Bodmin College runs the AQA A level Physics course. As with all the new specifications, this course is linear, running over two years and is assessed at the end of Year 13. There is also an AS option that will be assessed at the end of Year 12.