Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
King Edward’s Science teachers aim to excite and fulfil curiosity in the physical world.
Study of all the sciences is enriched across all year groups with fieldwork in the School’s extensive woodlands and local commons; lectures by visiting scientists to the School and trips to University lectures and opportunities to participate in nationwide competitors and workshops.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Science is a core subject from the minute the pupils arrive at King Edward’s with Biology, Chemistry and Physics making up a significant proportion of their studies from 1st to 3rd Form. 4th Form science is central to their GCSEs, with a choice to take double or triple GCSE award.
GCSE DA science:
Pupils study all threes sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) but sit the equivalent. Their GCSE grades are awarded on their overall performance across all three science subjects.
Cambridge IGCSE Coordinated Science 0973
GCSE triple science:
Our most able scientists may apply to study the three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) acquiring a more in-depth knowledge of the respective Science disciplines. Pupils achieve three GCSEs with individual grades.
One Year GCSE Programme - Science
Pre- Sixth Form pupils follow a course designed by the Science Department to dovetail with the IB and A-level Science courses. The purpose is to prepare the pupils for practical investigations through training in experimental work, data collection, data analysis and evaluation as well as to ensure that each pupil has a strong understanding of the basic principles of each Science. Examinations at the end of the year are to GCSE standard, allowing suitability for Sixth Form choices to be assessed.
Some pupils can opt to study the Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0972 over the course of the year.
A-Level and International Baccalaureate
Biology, Chemistry and Physics are popular choices at A-level and within the International Baccalaureate. Pupils are encouraged to foster a spirit of experimentation and inquiry that is akin to university study. As a result, they are well placed to apply for a Science undergraduate course
Chemistry: follows the OCR A specification for A-level and the IB specification.
Biology: follows the OCR A specification for A-level and the IB specification.
Physics: follows the OCR A specification for A-level and the IB specification.
The IB course also embraces Environmental Systems and Societies at Standard Level only. This interdisciplinary course explores the structure and function of environmental systems, blending scientific enquiry with an awareness of ethics and philosophy to measure and evaluate the impact of human activity on the environment. The course covers the system in relation to human and ecological activity, examining topics such as biodiversity, conservation, water supply, food production, atmospheric systems, climate change, energy use and sustainability with a report.