The aim of the Science Department is to introduce pupils to a broad, balanced range of subject matter and learning experiences in the physical and biological sciences.
As an integral STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) we recognise the importance of Science in the wider community. In our changing society we are keen for our pupils to develop the necessary and appropriate skills which will enhance their future employability in the work place.
Key Stage 3
Topics include -
Year 8: Beginning to be a Scientist. Learning to Measure. Earth and Space. Energy. Acids, Alkalis and Indicators. Living Things.
Year 9: Electricity and Magnetism. Forces. Atoms, Elements, Compounds and Molecules. The Human Body.
Year 10: Light and Colour. Heat Transfer and Sound. Metals and Reactivity. Reproduction in Animals and Plants.
Key Stage 4 Time allocation:- 2 hours 55 minutes per week - Single Award/BTEC Science 5 hours 50 minutes per week - Additional Award Science.
Currently some pupils will be entered for Single Award Science and then some pupils will opt to study for an additional qualification, known as Additional Science. Pupils may enter Foundation or Higher Tier papers as appropriate. GCSE Single Award Science examining board: CCEA
Single Science topics covered include -
Chemistry Acids and Bases The World Around Us Elements and Compounds Oils, Polymers and Materials Hard Water Recycling and Exploitation of the Earth's Resources Using Materials to Fight Crime
Biology Food and Diet Chromosomes and Genes The Nervous System and Hormone Variation and Adaptation Disease and Body Defences Human Activity on Earth
Physics Electrical Circuits Household Electricity Waves Communications Vision Fossil Fuels, Road Transport and Safety Radioactivity Earth in Space GCSE Additional Science examining board: AQA Additional Science topics covered include: Chemistry Structure and bonding How structure influences the properties and uses of substances Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry Rates of reaction Exothermic and endothermic reactions Acids, bases and salts Electrolysis
Biology Cells and simple cell transport Tissues, organs and organ systems Photosynthesis Organisms and their environment Proteins – their functions and uses Aerobic and anaerobic respiration Cell division and inheritance Speciation
Physics Motions Forces Work, energy and momentum Current electricity Mains electricity Radioactivity Energy from the nucleus BTEC Level 2 Applied Science examining board: Edexcel The BTEC Level 2 course is better suited for those pupils that want to continue with Science at GCSE level but a more weighted coursework course is more appropriate. The BTEC Level 2 course has now introduced an external assessment component so it is now currently weighted as 75% internally assessed assignment portfolio work and 25% externally assessed examination. The topics covered are: Biology assignments = 25% Chemistry assignments = 25% Physics assignments = 25% Externally assessed examination = 25%