The science department is comprised of five teaching staff and one technician all working collaboratively to ensure students achieve their full potential.
Students are encouraged to investigate the world around them and question why things happen. Students enjoy the practical nature of the subject and are encouraged to practise their scientific skills and techniques.
The department makes sure that all students have a good knowledge and understanding of science through motivational, fun and engaging lessons.
The Science course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. We offer a broad curriculum at KS3 comprising of biology, chemistry and physics topics.
The biology topics include: Cells, tissues, organs and systems, muscles and bones, ecosystems, plant Science, genes, reproduction, evolution and respiration.
The chemistry topics include: Matter, mixtures and separation, acids and alkalis, reactions, atoms, elements and compounds, the Earth, the Universe and natural resources.
The physics topics include: Energy, electricity, forces, sound, magnetism, light, waves and heating and cooling.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs A Wilson
At Key Stage 4 we offer AQA GCSE combined Science which will provided two GCSEs for all pupils covering topics from GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Some pupils may also be able to study all three separate Sciences to gain three GCSEs in Science.
GCSE topics for all pupils include:
• 1. Cell biology
• 2. Organisation
• 3. Infection and response
• 4. Bioenergetics
• 5. Homeostasis and response
• 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
• 7. Ecology
• 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
• 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
• 10. Quantitative chemistry
• 11. Chemical changes
• 12. Energy changes
• 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
• 14. Organic chemistry
• 15. Chemical analysis
• 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
• 17. Using resources
• 18. Energy
• 19. Electricity
• 20. Particle model of matter
• 21. Atomic structure
• 22. Forces
• 23. Waves
• 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism
Separate Science pupils will study additional subject content within each of the topics listed above.
All GCSEs are awarded from 100% examination marks. Controlled assessment marks are no longer counted towards the final grade. However, pupils will continue to undertake practical work in lessons and have a number of required practicals to complete during the course.
Legacy GCSE qualifications (current Year 11 only)
Current year 11 pupils will, in the 2016-2017 academic year, continue with the AQA core and additional Science qualifications which provides two separate GCSEs in Science. Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics are studied in each GCSE.
Separate Science pupils study additional topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will gain three GCSEs in Science.
25% of each GCSE in Science comes from a controlled assessment mark which is awarded following successful completion of a scientific investigation conducted in our Academy laboratories and two examination papers testing understanding of the practical approaches used.
Year 11 legacy GCSE is assessed in the following way:
Key Stage 4 New GCSE is assessed in the following way:
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs A Wilson
Enrichment Opportunities for Science
Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.