As a Science department we aim to enable students to gain a knowledge and understanding of the physical and natural environment around them, and the role of science in society. We believe learning science should be fun!
Students learn best when they are allowed to try things out for themselves and so we place a strong emphasis on practical work and enquiry.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students study a range of topics which will prepare them for more detailed study at GCSE. Topics include Particles and Solutions, Acids and Chemical Reactions, Cells and Tissues, Energy and Electricity and Light and Sound.
In Year 10, most students study OCR GCSE Gateway Science, and in Year 11 study OCR GCSE Gateway Additional Science. These courses are designed to teach students about Science in relevant and everyday contexts. All students will study topics from the three branches of science – biology, chemistry and physics and are taught by subject specialists.
The most able students will have the opportunity of studying separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science). These students will complete Key Stage 3 in two years and start GCSE in Year 9.
Some students who find the pressure of external exams demanding may find the Edexcel BTEC Applied Science more appropriate to them. This course is internally assessed and can be passed at different levels - Pass, Merit or Distinction - equivalent to two GCSEs at C, B, A grades respectively.
The GCSEs in Core and Additional Science or Biology, Chemistry and Physics are suitable preparation for using science in the workplace or further study at AS and A2 level. The BTEC course prepares students for using science in the workplace or level 3 vocational qualifications.