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Science

At Melbourn Village College we provide an engaging and diverse course to develop every student’s scientific interest and knowledge, throughout Key Stage 3 (KS3) and their GCSE studies.

Our Science team here at Melbourn Village College consists of five excellent teachers and three dedicated technicians.

  • Mr Callow (Head of Science)
  • Dr Wilson (second in dept)
  • Mrs Mayhead (Primary Liaison, G&T Co-Ordinator)
  • Mr Rahman (Teacher of Science)
  • Mr Essien (Teacher of Science)
  • Dr Dyer (Technician)
  • Mrs Rice (Technician)
  • Mrs Jones (Technician)

Key Stage 3

“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

Our aim is to inspire all students in science to allow everyone to reach their full potential. We offer a variety of opportunities for all abilities, both in and outside of the classroom.

All students from Year 7 onwards will study the three separate sciences: biology, chemistry and physics.

Practical work is a vital part of science learning, so this features prominently in our curriculum. Our aim is to increase every student’s confidence levels, initiative, ability to work in a team, and, most importantly, their curiosity and enthusiasm!

Assessment

Most units will have an assessment task, with the grades being recorded on www.go4Schools.com website. We like students to complete a range of assessment tasks, for example completing short tests, gathering and analysing data, or giving a group presentation on current issues in the scientific community.

At the end of each year during the summer term, students will also sit a formal test, which is based on SATs-style questions. 

The KS3 revision guides can be downloaded by clicking the tabs on the side of this page. For further support with revision the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/ can be used and Science revision guides borrowed from the library.

Key Stage 4

Science

Key Stage 4 Science is aimed at inspiring and motivating students whether they choose to continue their studies further in Science at A Level or College or not.  With this in mind we offer varied curriculum pathways including: 

Please click on each option for the up to date specification.

During Year 9 students start their Key Stage 4 studies in one of these options.  Our aim is for every student to enjoy all aspects of science and to fulfil their true potential

Exams

All students are required to take six exams at the end of Year 11. However, the material and length of these differ with the course being taken.  Please follow the links below for our guide to the exams and what students should expect.

GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics  

GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)  

Required Practicals

GCSE Science no longer requires students to complete coursework, with 100% of marks being achieved from the exams. 

Students are, however, required to complete set practicals during class time, and write up these experiments. The examining body may ask to see evidence of these therefore it is imperative students complete these. Students will be tested on this material in their exams.  We will endeavour, where possible, to inform you of exactly when we plan to complete these in class through the year.

 

Health and Social Care

Current year 11 students study the AQA GCSE Course in Health and Social care. The single award is made of two units – Unit 48201, a formal examination, and Unit 48202, which includes two controlled assessment tasks.

The areas of study for the GCSE include understanding personal development and relationships and Health, Social care and Early Years provision. Students will be taught about the different life stages and growth, focusing on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development throughout human life.  

Year 10 students (and future Key Stage 4) study the Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social care. This route can lead on to the Cambridge Technical qualifications at Post-16. We follow the OCR specification for this qualification.

The students have the opportunity to study pathways which include life stages, creative activities within the care setting, and child protection within different settings.

The students have to complete two mandatory units studying the essential care values for individuals in care settings (unit R021) and communication and work within health, social care and Early Years setting (R022). The students sit a formal examination at the end of course, and create a minimum of three tasks, which are assessed by Melbourn staff and externally moderated. 

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