The department aims to deliver a challenging, stimulating course to pupils of all ability, which provides a solid foundation for those pupils wishing to progress to A-level sciences, and a thorough understanding of how Science and scientific processes influence all of our lives.
Key Stage 3 – Year 7 & 8 students are taught 5 lessons per fortnight.
The topics covered in Year 7 are:
The topics covered in Year 8 are:
GCSE Science – Year 9, 10 and 11 students are following either the AQA Trilogy Specification (2 GCSEs) or AQA Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs).
Both courses include the teaching of:
Biology: 7 units including
Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology.
Chemistry: 10 units including
Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources.
Physics: 7 units including
Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure.
There are six exam papers for both courses: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
Students must also complete a series of required practicals over the three year course which will be examined on the written papers.