In science we encourage students to gain a better understanding of the world using scientific principles. Learning in science ranges from theoretical knowledge to discovery through practical investigations. It is a very exciting subject that nurtures curiosity of scientific phenomena in natural sciences.
Key Stage 3
In year 7 students study space physics, electrical circuits, energy changes, forces, particulate nature of matter, separation techniques, cells and body systems, reproduction and nutrition.
In year 8 students study energetics and extraction techniques, the earth and the atmosphere, energy systems in animals and plants, genetics and variation, magnetism and energy sources .
In year 9 students begin the 3 year Edexcel GCSE science course where they will:
Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
Develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
Revision guides for year 7 and 8 are available from the prep room at £2.50
Key Stage 4
Students in year 10 and 11 will take core and additional Edexcel science and have the option to take triple science.
Core science includes: B1 (Influences on life), C1 (chemistry in our world) and P1 (Universal physics)
Additional science includes: B2 (The components of life), C2 (Discovering chemistry) and P2 (Physics for your future).
Triple science includes: Core and additional material plus additional B3 (using biology), C3 (chemistry in action) and P3 (applications of physics)
Revision guides for core, additional and triple science are available from the prep room at £2.50 each. Exam paper booklets are also available at £2.50
Key Stage 5
A level Biology
In year 12 and 13, students are completing the OCR AS/A level Biology A course, that includes modules on practical skills in biology, foundations in biology, exchange and transport and biodiversity, evolution and disease.
A level Chemistry
Students complete OCR AS/A level Chemistry A course, that include s modules on practical skills in chemistry, foundation of chemistry, periodic table and energy and core organic chemistry.
A level Physics
Students complete OCR AS/A Level Physics A course, that includes modules on practical skills in physics, foundation of physics, forces and motion, electrons, waves and photons.
Both biology and chemistry are popular science A level subjects amongst students who wish to continue study in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or science research degrees. Physics A level prepares students for further degrees in physical sciences, engineering, medicine , space exploration and many more.
Students are expected to be independent in learning tasks and begin to prepare for the nature of further study or the world of work by taking part in theoretical and practical tasks confidently. Students are assessed externally during exams in year 13 and internally through PAGs, where teachers assess various practical skills of students during an experiment and data collection.
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science
Students study Applied Science BTEC through a range of assignments of the following units:
1.Principles of Science
2.Practical Science procedures
3.Science investigation skills
4.Physiology of human body systems
The course is assessed via submitted work and one external exam. Students acquire an equivalent of 1 A level by completing two years of BTEC level 3 course. This program of study prepares students for further study in practical sciences – nursing, technician or assistant researcher jobs, sports medicine, physiotherapy and many more.