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GCSE Science

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

The science department at Everton Free School is made up of passionate and dedicated teachers keen on helping students understand the scientific method and the universe around us.

Lessons take place in our two brand-new and purpose-built laboratories on the first floor of the school, surrounding a central preparation room. Our science classrooms are equipped with Interactive Smart Boards and one is equipped with a fume cupboard to allow us to demonstrate exciting chemical reactions in safety.

The department is supported by the invaluable expertise of a science technician whose meticulous planning allows for a range of practical activities to be undertaken by students in all year groups and of all abilities. Students also benefit from access to our experienced and highly-qualified technician assistants.

Years 10 and 11 – Combined Science

The AQA Combined Science (Synergy) course is taken by the majority of Year 10 and 11 students at Everton Free School and is split into two components, Life Science and Physical Science.

Life Science includes the following units:

Unit 1 – Building blocks.
Unit 2 – Transport over large distances.
Unit 3 – Interactions with the environment.
Unit 4 – Explaining change.

Physical science is made up of:

Unit 5 – Building Blocks.
Unit 6 – Interactions over small and large distances.
Unit 7 – Movement and interactions.
Unit 8 – Guiding spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future.

All units involve students taking part in Required Practicals. They will be assessed in their understanding of these Practicals in the examination at the end of the course.

Students will sit four examination papers at the end of Year 11.

The specifications for the course can be downloaded from the AQA website: http://aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-synergy-8465

Alternatively, we also provide opportunities to study Entry Level Science for those students who are not yet ready to take GCSE Science

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