All Year 7 and 8 students follow a science course that incorporates biology, chemistry and physics.
Students are taught in their ability groups and receive five lessons of science each fortnight. The course includes plenty of practical activities designed to bring the course to life. The students are assessed throughout the year; through topic tests, logbook homework, end of year examinations and levelled practical activities. The lessons are taught largely in our modern and well equipped laboratories that support our department's practical approach to science.
Year 9 students will complete the Key Stage 3 course by February half term. During this time and in their end of Key Stage 3 examinations, students will be assessed against the National Curriculum levels in science. From February onwards, the students follow the GCSE courses in each science subjects.
Year 10 and 11
We offer both AQA triple and double award science courses. The students in the higher ability groups follow the triple science course, which is equivalent to three GCSEs in science. All other students follow the double science course, which is equivalent to two GCSE sciences. Both of these courses provide the students with an opportunity to look at modern Science and build on their knowledge and practical ability, before embarking on one of our science A Level courses. We also offer a BTEC course for a limited number of students who would benefit from a more vocational science course.
Advanced level courses in biology (Edexcel), chemistry (OCRA) and physics (Edexcel) are on offer. Each course consists of nine lessons per fortnight, which are taught by degree level subject specialists. The courses have a substantial practical element, which is supported by excellent technical support and investment in resources, including an IT Suite and data loggers and sensors. Many of our students go on to study science at degree level in prestigious universities including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science and natural sciences.
Students in all year groups are encouraged to involve themselves in the various extra-curricular activities. A rich programme exists, including a lunchtime science club for the lower school students which meet on a weekly basis. Students also have the chance to take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects and activities that enable them to develop their creativity, problem-solving and employability skills.