Science

Senior School

Throughout Years 7 to 11 all students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  In Years 7 to 9 the students learn about concepts and ideas in Science, essential to provide a secure foundation in the subject.  Emphasis is placed on developing skills required to be successful at studying Science in later years.  Practical work is considered to be a vital component and the students partake in experiments whenever relevant to support learning.

In Years 10 and 11 most students will study OCR GCSE Combined Science. The course is divided into the three Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Each of the Sciences is divided further into topics, each covering different key concepts. Students will do examination papers in the individual Sciences at the end of Year 11, but will be awarded two GCSE grades for ‘Combined Science’. 

For students of suitable ability, there will be the opportunity to study the three Sciences as separate GCSEs.  They will be awarded as three, independent GCSE grades for Chemistry, Biology and Physics.  This will require a larger volume of more challenging work.

The aims of the courses are to:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science
  • Develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills
  • Develop the ability to evaluate claims based on Science through critical analysis

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form students can choose to take A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The department follows the OCR Biology A, Chemistry A and Physics A specifications.  The courses are designed to inspire learning through developing the students’ interest and enthusiasm.  They are taught by subject specialists.  The specifications are content led, leading to a thorough understanding in the subjects.   Whenever possible, practical work is used to further engage the students and develop their understanding.  The courses prepare the students for further study and careers in the relevant Sciences.

The aims of each course are to:

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology, Chemistry or Physics and how they relate to each other.
  • Develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
  • Develop an interest and enthusiasm for the subject and the potential to study it further
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