Allerton High School, Leeds
West Yorkshire LS17 7AG

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Science

Curriculum Team Leader

Mrs S Levitt - levits@allertonhigh.org.uk

 

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students follow a contemporary and relevant two-year science course. We have designed this so every lesson, whatever the topic, gets students motivated to learn. Themed units set science in dozens of relevant contexts and carefully crafted lessons promote deep learning. The topics studied each year contain all of the Big Scientific Ideas that students need to study as a foundation for GCSE studies, but are presented in a context that engages and encourages students.

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Combined Science

The majority of students will follow the Combined Science route. Completing this course will allow students to complete A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics (providing the entry requirements are met). It is also important to note that good grades in Combined Science will also allow students to apply for any University degree of their choice, including Medicine, Dentistry and Engineering.

GCSE Combined Science Specification

 

GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Students that demonstrate sifficient academic ability and motivation may be given the option to study the 3 sciences seperately and gain a GCSE in each. This will put students in an excellent position for completing A-Levels and applying for University.

GCSE Biology Specification

GCSE Chemistry Specification

GCSE Physics Specification

 

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A-Level Biology

Biology is designed to stimulate the enthusiasm of all students that take it.  It emphasises the way in which biologists work and the contributions of biology to society in a way that underpins the biological knowledge gained.  It builds upon concepts and skills that have been developed in the new GCSE Science specifications, presenting biology as exciting, relevant and challenging.

No-one can predict the future, but this much is known: this century is the time of the biologist, who will be in the forefront of the most challenging problems.  These include understanding the mechanisms of life, insights into memory and learning, the ethics of cloning and genetic engineering, and the rules that help predict the future of our environment.

A-Level Biology Specification

 

A-Level Chemistry

Chemistry underpins everything in our modern lifestyle. For example, it is chemistry that enables us to convert crude oil into petrol, plastics and fibres. Chemists invented Nylon, Terylene, Lycra and other artificial fibres, plastics and synthetic rubbers; chemists make fertilisers; medicines that help to fight disease, pain and disability; chemists help to make sewage harmless and water pure; they also analyse and monitor the atmosphere and the sea for pollutants. There are few things that we use which have not, at some stage been made, processed or monitored by chemists.

A-Level Chemistry Specification

 

A-Level Physics

Physics is all around us.  It is in the electric light you turn on in the morning: the car you hope to drive to work; your wristwatch, mobile phone, games console, and that big plasma TV set you want for Christmas. 

It makes the stars shine every night and the sun shine every day, and it makes a rugby ball soar between two posts for that essential last minute drop kick.  In studying Physics you will use theories, models and ideas to develop and modify scientific explanations, consider applications and implications of science and appreciate their associated benefits and risks. 

A-Level Physics Specification

 

Camrbidge Technical Level 3: Applied Science

This course is designed to stimulate the enthusiasm of all students who would find the content of the traditional “pure” science too challenging or of little relevance. Its purpose is to give students the opportunity to continue to study science, but with a true vocational focus.

Applied Science Brochure

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