Aims

We are proud to offer high quality teaching and learning in all areas of science. We offer GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics as specialist subjects as well as AQA Trilogy which is combined science.

Our aims as a science faculty are to ensure that all students:

  • Enjoy science and appreciate the opportunities it can offer;
  • Experience engaging and inspiring science lessons;
  • Develop high quality scientific literacy;
  • Have the best quality learning experience in order to exceed expectations.

Scientific understanding is important for people from all walks of life. Just reading any newspaper you will find many articles that require some understanding of science and in the future this will only become greater as new advances in the fields of genetics and energy generation come into daily use. For some students aspects of science will become their chosen career, but for all, understanding how to live healthily and safely is important.

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

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We have tailored our curriculum to be the best fit for our pupils. They begin by exploring the foundations of scientific enquiry, building upon these for some of the fundamental ideas in science.

Some of the topics covered in Year 7 are: Organisms, Reactions, Forces and the Earth.

Pupils in Year 8 will continue to build on the foundations laid in Year 7, developing their knowledge and deepening their understanding of scientific ideas and phenomenon.

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

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We offer a variety of courses including combined science: Trilogy, as well as the Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Pupils who wish to pursue a career in Science need to ensure they study the separate sciences.

Trilogy
The AQA Combined Science Trilogy course leads to two GCSE grades (students study biology, chemistry and physics). There are two tiers of entry, higher and foundation. These exams are taken at the end of year 11. The course is examined externally.

Separate Sciences

Pupils who choose to study separate science will have eight lessons a week, with a specialist teacher for each of the three sciences.

Course Content (Biology):

The modules that will be studied in biology are:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and Evolution
  • Ecology.

Course Content (Chemistry):

The modules that will be studied in chemistry:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding Structure
  • The properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes and energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources.

Course Content (Physics):

The modules that will be studied in physics:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Enrichment

We pride ourselves on the range and quality of enrichment opportunities we offer. We have a successful Science Club for KS3 students and more focused trips for KS4, such as workshops and catch up sessions to allow students to achieve the best possible grades. Within the department, a range of support is available for students as they prepare for exams, with an emphasis on encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning.