Science Trilogy

Science is a Core Subject. All pupils study all three sciences in Years 9, 10 and 11 and are taught by a subject specialist in each. The year group are placed into sets based on end of Year 9 exam results in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The Trilogy course is graded 99-11 and counts as two GCSE equivalents. There are six 1¼ hour exam papers – two each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

All the exams are terminal – they all happen at the end of Year 11 and there is no coursework. The exams for Trilogy come in Foundation and Higher tiers, although you must take the same tier for all three sciences.

The course covers the foundational concepts and applications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics providing a sufficient grounding for the A Level Sciences. We are more than happy to take successful pupils from Trilogy Higher tier into A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The Trilogy course is comprised of approximately two thirds of the separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses. 20% of the overall mark is based on mathematical skills.

Practical work is at the heart of the GCSE and helps to enhance pupils’ investigative thinking and consolidate their understanding of key scientific concepts. Students will carry out Core Practicals for each science. Developing practical skills will enable pupils to access the 15% of marks on the GCSE exam based on experimental design and evaluation.

Biology

Biology is an exciting and relevant subject to study in the 21st century. Pupils will experience a wide range of practicals and make full use of our excellent facilities.

Key topics covered:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

Practical experimental work is central to our approach. We learn through doing, handling and seeing, not simply being told about something. We seek to make sense of the invisible in terms of the visible; IT helps us out greatly here as we can show animations and computer models of particles too small to be seen. Conceptual understanding is built from particle theory and atomic structure to bonding and the Periodic Table.

Key topics covered:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

During a pupil’s time in Physics they will be introduced to many other ideas and concepts that help to explain the world around them. The use of practical work and hands-on experience features prominently as both a strategy to introduce and teach the principles of Physics as well as giving pupils the ability and opportunity to test ideas for themselves.

Key topics covered:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

In recent years, GCSE pupils have also had the opportunity to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN along with the Sixth Form, which we do every two years. Pupils have also had the opportunity to see the development of the Bloodhound Project which is the latest attempt by Richard Noble and his team to break the land speed record.

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School Office: +44 (0)1823 272559

contact@queenscollege.org.uk

© 2016 - 2019 QUEEN’S COLLEGE, TRULL ROAD, TAUNTON, SOMERSET TA1 4QS

Methodist Independent Schools Trust

Registered Office: Methodist Church House. 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR

Charity No. 1142794. Company No. 7649422