Year 7 and Year 8
Students start with an Introduction to Science topic. This is an induction topic whereby students are familiarized with the scientific apparatus, safety procedures and techniques they will meet during the course of the year. Students are broadly set in ability classes.
The remaining topics encompass a range of physics, chemistry and biology concepts. The teaching of mathematical skills needed for science and investigative practical skills are embedded with the Year 7 and Year 8 science curriculum.
There are 6 assessments in Year 7 and 6 assessments in Year 8.
Year 9-Year 10
Students begin their GCSE courses in Y9. Again students are ability set with some students commencing 3 separate science AQA GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the start of Y10. The remaining students study AQA Trilogy Science which results in students being awarded a double GCSE grade at the end of Year 11.
There are 6 assessments during Year 9 and 6 during Year 10.
Year 11 assessments are driven by the need to prepare students for terminal examinations.
The Science department regularly produces a range on in house revision materials which can be accessed from the VLE. In addition, the following can be ordered in school. Alternatively, these resources can be purchased from a range of suppliers including Amazon and WH Smith.
Year 12 and Year 13
The science department currently offers A level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These subjects are extremely popular amongst our students.
In addition, the department also offers BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science which is equivalent to 1 A Level, covers a broad range of all science disciplines and is assessed through a mix of external examinations and internally assessed assignments.