Science

Throughout Years 7 to 11 all students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Key Stage Three (Years 7, 8 and 9)

In Years 7 to 9 teaching follows a program of study based on the National Curriculum. 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. A program of investigative work is used to develop independent learning.

Key Stage Four (Year 10 and 11: GCSE)

In Years 10 and 11 the department follows the OCR GCSE 21st Century Science specifications. All students take at least two GCSEs in Science, and some students take a third GCSE. Most students will take the Higher level examinations, although some students may take the Foundation level if appropriate. Students are taught in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons by specialist teachers. The aim of the course is to develop knowledge and understanding so that the students recognise the impact of Science and Technology on everyday life. The two Science GCSEs prepare students for further study, such as at A-Level.

Year 10 and 11 pupils study of Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Triple Science pupils undertake an additional two lessons per week.