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Science

 

When the pupils transition into KS4 there is a greater emphasis on accreditation. Pupils will be pushed to achieve the highest grade possible.

King’s Oak currently offer two accredited route ways in Science.

 

Entry Level

 

This accreditation commences at the beginning of Year 9. The course is designed to directly lead into the GCSE’s and has an emphasis on both practical and theoretical skills.

 

Pupils must work independently to plan and complete a number of experiments to show they are capable or working practically within Science. They are assessed on the following criteria.

 

  • Plan/ Method – including diagram.
  • Safety precautions.
  • Conducting the experiment and collecting data.
  • Analysing the data collected.
  • Conclusion and evaluation.

 

Aims and learning outcomes

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science
  • develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods
  • acquire and apply social skills, knowledge and understanding of working scientifically and its essential role
  • acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning
  • apply literacy, numeracy and information technology skills.

 

There are two outcomes from the Entry Level Course.

 

 

Experiments

Exams

Single Award

3

3

Double Award

6

6

 

The grade boundaries for the two accreditations are as follows:

 

 

Single

Double

Level 1

32

64

Level 2

50

100

Level 3

72

144

Maximum Mark

105

210

 

All pupils should be aiming for a Level 3 Double Award and will be supported throughout the course to try and get to this outcome.

GCSE Biology

 

The second route way is GCSE Biology.

 

The content for this exam is taught throughout all years at King's Oak, however the intense, focused theory work usually starts in Year 10. Pupils are encouraged to learn through a combination of both theory and practical work.

 

There are two exams, each 1 hour 45 minutes long. These exams are sat at the end of Year 11.

 

 

 

 

Pupils are encouraged to not only complete work in class but to also be independent learners and revise topics at home. This can be done either through books or online.

Grade Boundaries

 

Pupils have two different tiers of exam that they can sit in Biology:

 

Foundation- Highest mark available is Level 5.

 

Based on last year results pupils would need the following combined mark over both foundation papers:

 

Grade

Required Marks (2017/18)

1

26

2

53

3

80

4

107

5

121

 

Maximum mark = 200

 

Higher- Highest mark available is Level 9.

 

Based on last year results pupils would need the following combined mark over both higher papers:

 

Grade

Required Marks (2017/18)

3

37

4

53

5

69

6

85

7

102

8

117

9

132

 

Maximum mark = 200

Any mark below 37 (Grade 3) is a fail.

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