Our aim is to provide a high quality Science education where students are enthused, successful and make excellent progress. We will do this through excellent teaching and learning, effective management and constructive monitoring. We provide opportunities for learning in a wide variety of ways including practical investigation, theoretical study, out-of-school learning visits (to institutions such as the Life Centre), engaging guest speakers (such as Brainiac’s John Kilcoyne) and ICT based learning with subject specific applications on laptop computers and iPads.
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Key stage 3
Year 7 & 8 students study Science for two double periods per week. Year 9 students study the subject for three double periods per week. This work is vital in underpinning GCSE level study, focusing on development of investigative skills and scientific knowledge. Students are encouraged to develop transferable skills from other subjects and enhance their appreciation, investigation and understanding of the Universe.
Key stage 4
GCSE Science and Additional Science – This course builds on skills developed throughout Key Stage 3 with four double periods per week of study. Examinations are in June and ISA coursework undertaken during Year 10 and 11. Pupils are expected to complete homework tasks and regular revision as part of the course. Subject specialists are used appropriately. Two GCSEs are awarded called Science and Additional Science.
GCSE Separate Sciences – Offered as an option at the end of Year 9 to pupils with a keen interest in Science and an aptitude for Separate Scientists have six double periods per week and are taught by three subject specialists. They undertake terminal examinations in June of Year 11 and one piece of ISA coursework for each subject. Three GCSEs are awarded in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Key stage 5
In A-Level study students are encouraged to further develop investigative skills with a rigorous methodology for interrogation of the Universe. Students are taught to think critically and form evaluations of studies to build new theories into their conceptual framework. Entry requirements are B grades Science and Additional Science, or a grade B in the relevant Science GCSE. Mathematics grade C minimum is also required.
A Level Biology – This course is aimed at students with a future interest in biological research or a vocation (such as medicine, veterinarian science, microbiology, pharmacology). Topics of study include pathology, digestion, physiology, genetics, biochemistry and taxonomy.
A Level Chemistry – This course is suitable for students who wish to study Chemistry to a higher level or pursue a career in medicine, engineering or earth sciences such as Geology. Topics of study include organic, inorganic and physical Chemistry.
A Level Physics – This course is aimed at students who wish to study Physics or Astronomy at higher level or pursue a career in engineering, astronomy, medicine or communications. Topics of study include particle physics, waves, mechanics, energy and astronomy.