Plantsbrook Science

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The Science Department

The Science department has 13 Science Teachers, 3 Science technicans and 10 Science laboratories.

Click on the video below to get a taste of Science at Plantsbrook.

The Curriculum

Students are initally taught in mixed ability form groups in year 7 and then are placed in sets following an exam in September. In year 8 students are also taught in sets which are determined by the end of year exam and in class testing.

In Year 9 we are preparing students ready for their GCSE exams. They will study a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics over the year to prepare them for their GCSE studies. Students in year 9 from 2015, will be starting the new GCSE in Science, this is the first time that numbers and not grades will be awarded, for further details of this click here.

In year 7,8 & 9 Students have 6 lessons of Science per fortnight and the majority of lessons will involve some type of practical work or practical activity.

In year 10 & 11 Students will then be taught either Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or will study the new Combined Science from September 2016. . The work done in year 9 forms the basis of the Combined Science or Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE. All exams are sat at the end of year 11.

Students studying Combined Science are taught for 9 periods in year 10 and 8 in year 11 per fortnight. Separate Science students will have 13 Science lessons in total per fortnight.

Sixth Form

Students who have achieved the school entry requirements for sixth form have the opportunity to study one or more of the more traditional A levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Students will be required to get an A in one of the Science subjects or an A in the subject they wish to study and at least B grades in the other Sciences. A levels in Science subjects are excellent preparation for further study at University. Alternatively students may study Applied General Science at A level, this has also been useful in applying to university to study Nursing, Midwifery and many other subjects. This is a new course for September 2016, replacing the successful Applied Science.

Students starting from September 2015 will be studying the new A levels, all students will be entered for AS exams but these exams do not count towards the final grade awarded. They AS grades will be used to decide if students progress from AS to full A Levels.

The Russell group of Universities are the top 20 Universities and have produced some guidelines on selecting the best a levels for further study and for securing employment. A summary of this report is detailed below. Remember Science graduates get paid more, Fact! Check out the Russell Group and the five point plan for choosing you A levels. This is brief summary of the report “Informed Choices” recently commissioned by the Russell Group of universities. It highlights the importance of Science subjects at A level for future careers even if you wish to study a non Science based degree.

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The Russell Group represents 20 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, and outstanding teaching and learning experience for students of all backgrounds and unrivalled
links with business and the public sector.

This is brief summary of the report “Informed Choices” recently commissioned by the Russell Group of universities. It highlights the importance of Science subjects at A level for future careers even if you wish to study a non Science based degree.

1. Know what you want to study? – Check out the entry requirements
If you have a university course which you are keen on, have you checked the relevant university website or UCAS course search to find out whether this course requires certain subjects at advanced level?

2. Not sure yet? – Keep your options open!
If you are not sure about what course you want to study at university, have you tried to choose at least two facilitating subjects (Maths, English Literature, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Languages)?

Subjects that can be viewed as ‘facilitating’ subjects are:
• Mathematics and Further Mathematics
• English (Literature)
• Physics
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Geography
• History
• Languages (Classical and Modern)

3. GCSEs and other standard level qualifications matter…
Make sure you understand the GCSE or standard level requirements for entry to a competitive university.
Are you on track to achieve the standard level grades to progress onto the course/courses that you want to do at advanced level and the university course that you may choose to do?
4. Think balance
Do you have a balance of subject choices that reflect your abilities,strengths and interests?
Have you considered how certain subject combinations relate to university courses?
5. Make sure you know WHY
If you want to take a subject that you have not studied before, can you talk for a minute on what this subject is about? Try and unpick why you wish to study this subject. It’s not enough to say ‘It’s interesting’, ‘I think I’ll like it’ or ‘It will be fun’.
You may also find it useful to refer to guidance on making your post-16 subject choices, and how your choices will affect your future career options.

Aeronautical Engineering
Essential advanced level qualifications
Mathematics and Physics.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Further Mathematics, Design Technology.

Biochemistry
Essential advanced level qualifications
Always Chemistry and some degrees will say you must have Biology as
well, while some will say Chemistry plus one from Mathematics/Physics/
Biology. Doing Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics or Physics will keep
all Biochemistry courses open to you.
Useful advanced level qualifications

Biology
Essential advanced level qualifications
Biology, Chemistry.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Mathematics or Physics.

Biomedical Sciences (including Medical Science)
Essential advanced level qualifications
Normally two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
Chemistry is essential for some courses.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

Chemical Engineering
Essential advanced level qualifications
Chemistry and Mathematics and sometimes Physics as well.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Physics, Biology, Further Mathematics.

Chemistry
Essential advanced level qualifications
Chemistry and occasionally Mathematics. Most courses require Chemistry
and would like Mathematics and one other science subject (for example,
Physics or Biology).
Useful advanced level qualifications
Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology.

Electrical/Electronic Engineering
Essential advanced level qualifications
Mathematics, Physics.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Further Mathematics, ICT, Design Technology.

Environmental Science/Studies
Essential advanced level qualifications
Many courses will ask for two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics,
Physics and Geography.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Another facilitating subject, particularly a science.

Geology/Earth Sciences
Essential advanced level qualifications
Usually two from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Geography, Geology.

Materials Science (including Biomedical Materials Science)
Essential advanced level qualifications
Normally two from Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology
(also Design Technology for some universities).
Useful advanced level qualifications
Chemistry, Design and Technology, Further Mathematics.

Mechanical Engineering
Essential advanced level qualifications
Mathematics, Physics.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Further Mathematics, Design Technology.
Mechanical Engineering departments may have a preference
for Mathematics A-levels with a strong mechanics component.

Medicine
Essential advanced level qualifications
If you do Chemistry, Biology and one from Mathematics or Physics you will
keep all the medical schools open to you. If you do Chemistry and Biology
you will keep open the vast majority. If you do Chemistry and one from
Mathematics and Physics you will limit your range of choices much more.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Further Mathematics or a contrasting (non-science) subject.

Nursing and Midwifery
Essential advanced level qualifications
Usually Biology or another science.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Biology, CACHE, Sociology, Psychology, Chemistry.

Optometry (Opthalmic Optics)
Essential advanced level qualifications
Two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics (some courses prefer
Biology as one of the choices).
Useful advanced level qualifications
Further Mathematics.

Pharmacy
Essential advanced level qualifications
Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics and Physics keeps the
vast majority of courses open to you. Some courses like to see Chemistry,
Biology and Mathematics. Doing Chemistry and Biology keeps most
courses open.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Mathematics, Physics.

Physics
Essential advanced level qualifications
Mathematics, Physics.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Further Mathematics, Chemistry.

Psychology
Essential advanced level qualifications
A few courses ask for one from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology.

Sports Science/Physical Education
Essential advanced level qualifications
Many courses want to see one from Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics/
Physics (some courses will treat Physical Education as a science
equivalent).
Useful advanced level qualifications
Physical Education, Psychology.

Veterinary Science
Essential advanced level qualifications
You should do Chemistry and Biology and one from Mathematics/Physics
so that you have all universities open to you.
Useful advanced level qualifications
Further Mathematics

Teacher Training (Primary and/or Secondary)
Essential advanced level qualifications
(those best for Primary Teaching shown in italics )
At least one from Art, Biology, CACHE, Chemistry, Design and Technology,
Drama (Theatre Studies), English, French, Geography, German, History, ICT,
Italian, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Physical Education,