Head of Department: Ms Faye Deacon
Science is a Core Subject that all students have to study.
What will I study
Year 9 - KS3 is studied until Feb half term. This will include a review of topics that generate misconceptions as well as time for students to discuss topics outside of the national curriculum to broaden their general understanding of the world of Science before they embark on the GCSE course..
Year 9 - GCSE - Students will study this following completion of the KS3 course. GCSE Science will commence from Feb half term. As a department we have carefully chosen to introduce the GCSE by building upon the students KS3 knowledge and having a heavy focus on the fundamentals of Science. This includes topics such as
Organising our curriculum delivery in this way ensures a firm understanding of the basics to allow success at GCSE
Year 10 and 11 - Exam board AQA - Students will complete GCSE Science, choosing which of the two possible routes they wish to follow. Students will choose to gain 2 Science GCSEs now called Combined Science - Trilogy or Synergy (formerly double Science) during 6 lessons a fortnight. Alternatively, students may embark upon GCSE Separate Sciences to gain 3 separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (formerly Triple Science) during 9 lessons a fortnight.
Clear and accurate written communication; Debating and discussion skills; Skills of analysis, explanation and making links; Handling of primary and secondary data and the ability to evaluate the data and draw conclusions; Perseverance, organisation and dedication; Ability to apply their mathematical skills to solve problems; A questioning mind.
How will I be assessed
Science is assessed through 6 written exams
Anything else I need to know
Science is a highly respected academic subject and ideal for students hoping to apply to university, not just in Science. It is also particularly useful for anyone considering medical, engineering, environmental, sport, teaching or a career in management. Science is a “facilitating” subject which will be useful for any career or academic pathway an individual wishes to follow.