Triple Science

Please see below for detailed Annual Overviews.

At Penryn College there are 2 pathways studied in science:

Pathway 2: Triple Science

Students are assessed at the end of Year 11 and will gain a GCSE in all three science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). In Year 10 students are taught by staff in specialisms. They rotate around 3 members of staff and will cover 5 units by the end of Year 10. Year 11 are taught by one member of staff in most cases. The 4 remaining units are taught on rotation so staff are not teaching the same topic at the same time.

AQA GCSE Biology gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment. It can open the doors to future careers in Medicine and the Life Sciences. Students study the course in Years 10 and 11 alongside the separate Chemistry and Physics course. The coursework module is completed in Year 10. Each unit takes six weeks and assessments are completed in that time.

AQA GCSE Chemistry gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together, how Chemistry is used in business and industry and how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment. Students study the course in Years 10 and 11 alongside the separate Biology and Physics course. The coursework module is completed in Year 10. Each unit takes six weeks and assessments are completed in that time.

AQA GCSE Physics gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of the use and transfer of energy, waves, radiation and the application of Physics. Students study the course in Years 10 and 11 alongside the separate Chemistry and Biology course. The coursework module is completed in Year 10. Each unit takes six weeks and assessments are completed in that time.

Year 10 – Biology

Topic: Biology Unit 1
1. Keeping Healthy
2. Nerves and hormones
3. The use and abuse of drugs
4. Interdependence and adaptation
5. Energy and biomass in food chains
6. Waste minerals from plans and animals
7. Genetic variation and control
8. Evolution

Topic: Biology Unit 2 (Continues in Year 11)
1. Cells and simple cell transport
2. Tissues, organs and organ systems
3. Photosynthesis
4. Organisms and their environment
5. Proteins – their function and uses
6. Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
7. Cell division and inheritance
8. Speciation

Topic: Biology Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment
1. Plan practical ways to develop and test candidate’s own scientific ideas
2. Assess and manage risks when carrying out practical work
3. Collect primary and secondary data
4. Select and process primary and secondary data
5. Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data
6. Use of scientific models and evidence to develop hypotheses, arguments and explanations

Year 10 – Chemistry

Topic: Chemistry Unit 1
1. Atoms
2. Periodic Table
3. Uses of Limestone
4. Traditional Methods Extracting Metals
5. Alloys and Properties of metals
6. What are Crude oil and hydrocarbons?
7. Using hydrocarbons as Fuels.
8. Other useful substances from oil (cracking)
9. Polymers and plastics
10. Energy in Plant oils and saturated and unsaturated oils.
11. Emulsions
12. The Earth’s Crust
13. The Earth’s Atmosphere
Topic: Chemistry Unit 2 (Continues in Year 11)
1. Ionic and Covalent bonding.
2. Covalent structures and molecules.
3. Ionic compounds and structures.
4. Relating structure of metals to their properties.
5. Relating the structure of polymers to their properties and uses.
6. Nano-technology.
7. Atomic Structure and Isotopes.
8. Instrumental methods of identifying substances.
9. Calculating Relative formula mass, percentage mass and percentage yields.
10. Empirical Formulas and reversible reactions.
11. Rates of reaction.
12. Energy in reactions
13. Uses of exothermic and Endothermic reactions.
14. Reactions between acids and bases.
15. Making and extracting salts.
16. How electrolysis is conducted and electroplating?
17. Electrolysis
Topic: Chemistry Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment
1. Plan practical ways to develop and test candidate’s own scientific ideas.
2. Assess and manage risks when carrying out practical work
3. Collect primary and secondary data
4. Select and process primary and secondary data
5. Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data
6. Use of scientific models and evidence to develop hypotheses, arguments and explanations.

Year 10 – Physics

Topic: Physics Unit 1
1. Kinetic theory
2. Energy transfer by heating (conduction and convection and radiation)
3. Heating and insulation
4. Energy transfers and efficiency
5. Transferring electrical energy
6. Generating electricity
7. The national grid
8. General properties of waves
9. Sound
10. Red shift
Topic: Physics Unit 2 (Continues in Year 11)
1. Resultant forces
2. Forces in motion, breaking, terminal velocity, elasticity and energy.
3. Momentum
4. Static electricity
5. Electric Circuits
6. Household electricity
7. Current, charge and power
8. Atomic structure
9. Nuclear fission and fusion
Topic: Physics Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment
1. Plan practical ways to develop and test candidate’s own scientific ideas.
2. Assess and manage risks when carrying out practical work
3. Collect primary and secondary data
4. Select and process primary and secondary data
5. Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data
6. Use of scientific models and evidence to develop hypotheses, arguments and explanations.

Year 11 – Biology

Topic: Biology Unit 2 (Continued from Year 10)
1. Cells and simple cell transport
2. Tissues, organs and organ systems
3. Photosynthesis
4. Organisms and their environment
5. Proteins – their function and uses
6. Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
7. Cell division and inheritance
8. Speciation
Topic: Biology Unit 3
1. Movement of molecules in and out of cells
2. Transport systems in plants and animals
3. Homeostasis
4. Humans and their environment
Topic: Revision
Topic: Exams

Year 11 – Chemistry

Topic: Chemistry Unit 2 Continued
1. Ionic and Covalent bonding.
2. Covalent structures and molecules.
3. Ionic compounds and structures.
4. Relating structure of metals to their properties.
5. Relating the structure of polymers to their properties and uses.
6. Nano-technology.
7. Atomic Structure and Isotopes.
8. Instrumental methods of identifying substances.
9. Calculating Relative formula mass, percentage mass and percentage yields.
10. Empirical Formulas and reversible reactions.
11. Rates of reaction.
12. Energy in reactions
13. Uses of exothermic and Endothermic reactions.
14. Reactions between acids and bases.
15. Making and extracting salts.
16. How electrolysis is conducted and electroplating?
17. Electrolysis
Topic: Chemistry Unit 3
1. The Development of the modern periodic table.
2. Comparison of trends between group 1 metals and the Transition metals.
3. Comparison of the trends in Group 7 and other elements.
4. Hard and soft water
5. Problems with hard water and removing hardness.
6. Purifying water for drinking.
7. Cleaning water after use.
8. Calculating energy from burning reactions.
9. Calculating energy from reactions in solution.
10. Diagrams to represent energy changes and demonstrate the impacts of catalysts.
11. Identifying ions
12. Titrations and Titration Calculations.
13. Ammonia and the Haber process.
14. Alcohols.
15. Carboxylic Acids.
16. Esters.
Topic: Revision
Topic: GCSE Exams

Year 11 – Physics

Topic: Physics Unit 2 continued from Year 10
1. Resultant forces
2. Forces in motion, breaking, terminal velocity, elasticity and energy.
3. Momentum
4. Static electricity
5. Electric Circuits
6. Household electricity
7. Current, charge and power
8. Atomic structure
9. Nuclear fission and fusion
Topic: Physics Unit 3
1. X-rays
2. Ultrasound
3. Lenses
4. The eye
5. Application of light
6. Centre of mass
7. Moments
8. Hydraulics
9. Circular motion
10. The motor effect
11. Transformers.
Topic: Revision
Topic: GCSE Exams