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Science at Nendrum College

Time allocation per week at KS3 : 2hours 20mins

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:          

  • Safety and Measurement
  • Chemical reactions
  • Particle Theory
  •  Earth and Space
  •  Energy
  • Classification and Ecology

Year 9:          

  • Material Properties
  • Elements, Atoms and Separating Techniques
  • Electricity and Magnetism.
  • Forces.
  •  Human Reproduction
  •  Parenting Awareness

Year 10:       

  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Metals and their Reactivity
  •  Light and Colour
  •  Sound
  • Food, diet and digestion

                 Key Stage 4
Time allocation:-   2 hours 55 minutes per week - Single Award/OCN Science
 5 hours 50 minutes per week - Double 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 Double Award Science.  Pupils may enter Foundation or Higher Tier papers as appropriate.
GCSE Single Award Science examining board: CCEA

Single Science topics covered include -

Acids, Bases and Salts
Elements, Compounds and mixtures
Atomic Structure and Periodic Table


Symbols, Formulae and Equations

Qualitative Analysis

Metals and Reactivity Series

Rates of Reactions

Organic Chemistry


Food and Diet
Chromosomes and Genes
Co-ordination and Control

Reproductive system

Variation and Adaptation
Disease and Body Defences
Ecological relationships

Electrical Circuits
Household Electricity

Electricity Generation

Heat Transfer


Road Transport and Safety
Earth in Space

The weighting of the components are:

25% Biology - External written examination

25% Chemistry - External written examination

25% Physics - External written examination

25% Practical component - 7.5% Practical skills assessment booklet and 17.5% External written examination.
GCSE Additional Science examining board: CCEA
Double Award Science topics covered include:

Chemistry C1 - External written examination (11%)


Chemical Reactions

Quantitative Chemistry and Analysis

Chemistry C2 - External written examination (14%)

Further Chemical Reactions

Rates and Equilibrium


Organic Chemistry


Biology B1 - External written examination (11%)

Living Processes


Biology B2 - External written examination (14%)

Body Systems


Microorganisms and Health


Physics P1 - External written examination (11%)




Kinetic Theory


Nuclear Fission and Fusion

Physics P2 - External written examination (14%)





Space Physics

25% of the course is the practical component. It consists of:

Booklet A - Practical Skills Booklet (1 for each Science area) - 7.5%

Booklet B - 3 x 30minute external written examination (1 for each Science area) - 17.5%

OCN Level 2 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Applied Science: OCN NI
The OCN 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 OCN Level 2 course can be completed as a Certificate course which is equivalent of a 'B' GCSE grade or an Extended Certificate course which is equivalent of a 'BB' grade (two B equivalent grades at GCSE).

The topics covered for the Certificate course are:
Biology - Life processes and Living Things
Chemistry - Materials and their Chemical Properties
Physics - Physical Processes

The topics covered for the Extended Certificate course are:

Biology - The Living Body
Chemistry - Chemical Analysis and Detection
Physics - Exploring Our Universe