Our aim is to provide a high quality Science education where students are enthused, successful and make excellent progress. We will do this through excellent teaching and learning, effective management and constructive monitoring. We provide opportunities for learning in a wide variety of ways including practical investigation, theoretical study, and extra-curricular enrichment activities. We are committed to giving all students a comprehensive science education, hope to give students the skills and knowledge necessary to take leading roles in the science and technology driven workplace.
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Key stage 3
Year 7 and 8 students study a combined Science course which covers all appropriate aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This work is vital in underpinning GCSE level study, focusing on development of investigative skills and scientific knowledge. Students are encouraged to develop skills whilst enhancing their understanding of the Universe.
The majority of students in years 9, 10 and 11 follow this pathway. This course builds on skills developed throughout Key Stage 3. Terminal examinations are held in June of Year 11. Although a “Combined Science” qualification Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics are taught separately by specialist teachers. This qualification can be used to access further study at A-level.
AQA Separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Our most able students in Years 9, 10 and 11 follow this pathway. This course builds on the skills developed in KS3 but offers additional extension and depth to challenge students. All subjects are taught by specialist teachers and are examined through terminal examinations in June of Year 11. This pathway is an excellent route into further scientific study at A-level and beyond.
AQA A Level Biology
This course is aimed at students with a future interest in biological research or a vocation (such as medicine, veterinary science, microbiology, pharmacology). Topics of study topics including biological molecules, cell structure and division, homeostasis, populations and ecosystems. The course is terminally assessed at the end of Year 13.
AQA A Level Chemistry
This course is suitable for students who wish to study Chemistry to a higher level or pursue a career in medicine, engineering or earth sciences such as Geology. Topics of study include organic, inorganic and physical Chemistry. The course is assessed via terminal examinations at the end of Year 13.
AQA A Level Physics
This course is aimed at students who wish to study Physics or Astronomy at higher level or pursue a career in engineering, astronomy, medicine or communications. Topics of study include particles, mechanics, waves, electricity, fields, thermal physics and gases. The course is terminally assessed at the end of Year 13.