The vision of the Science Faculty is ‘Science for All’ and ‘Science in Everyday life’.
To achieve our vision we will do our utmost to ensure that:
All students can access the most appropriate science course.
All students reach their potential.
All students at all ages and ability levels can recognise that science is relevant and important in everyday life.
Science plays an important part in school life.
Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities
The science department runs a KS3 science club on Tuesdays after school.
KS3: What will students learn?
Students follow the ‘Exploring Science’ course studying topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in line with the national curriculum.
End of topic tests.
These assessments will help to inform initial groups for Year 9.
KS4: What will students learn?
During Year 9 students will be selected to complete:
Triple science (three separate sciences biology, chemistry and physics), 3 GCSEs.
Core and additional science (both include biology, chemistry and physics units), 2 GCSEs.
BTEC (topic based curriculum includes biology, chemistry and physics units as well as science in the world of work , everyday life and based on real life examples) equivalent of 2 GCSEs.
Students will undergo a range of assessments leading up to Christmas in Year 9. They will then be advised on the course that will best suit them
Triple Science is examined as separate subjects. There are 3 x 1 hour papers for each subject each worth 25%, with a piece of coursework worth 25% for each subject. The examinations will take place at the end of Year 11 with coursework being completed during Years 10 and 11. Some students may be entered for examinations in Year 10 if it is felt that they are fully prepared, although this is likely to be for only one subject.
Core Science – There are 3 x 1 hour papers (1 Biology, 1 Chemistry and 1 Physics) each contribute 25%, plus coursework which accounts for the remaining 25%.
Additional Science – There are 3 x 1 hour papers (1 Biology, 1 Chemistry and 1 Physics) each contribute 25%, plus coursework which accounts for the remaining 25%.
BTEC 75% coursework with 25% examination, students need to produce a portfolio of all their work, plus an exam during Year 10 and Year 11. 2 BTEC courses are completed with each equivalent to a GCSE, so 2 GCSE equivalency.