Every part of our lives has been influenced and shaped by science from the clothes we wear to the food we eat.  The scientific discoveries of today help to shape the technologies of the future.  The science department aims to foster the curious person in every one of us and satisfy this with knowledge and understanding on how major scientific discoveries lead to advances in technology, medicine and day to day life.

Edwin Powell Hubble: “Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-8) students follow a broad and balanced science course rooted in practical enquiry.  Topics are delivery through a variety of projects designed to spark interest in the application of science.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

At Key Stage 4 students follow the OCR Gateway Combined Science course. Students will gain 2 GCSES in Combined Science.

Biology                Chemistry                                 Physics                
Cell level systems Particles Matter
Scaling up Elements compounds and mixtures Forces
Organism level systems Chemical reactions Electricity and Magnetism
Community level systems Predicting and identifying reactions and products Waves and Radiation
Interaction between systems Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions Energy
Global challenges Global challenges Global challenges

This course consists of 6 exams.  Each exam is 1 hour 10mins and worth 16.7% of the final grades.

The exam papers are composed of Section A – Multiple choice questions, and Section B structured answer questions and longer response questions including a 6 mark extended response question.

Students can sit this course at Foundation (Grades 5-5 – 1-1) or Higher level (Grades 9-9 – 4-4)

Each subject will include Practical Activity Groups – These are specific practicals that will be tested in the exam.  Students will study these in depth during their course including being able to write methods and process data for these specific practicals.

Triple science.

Students wishing to study individual science GCSES will study all of the combined science content as well as two additional Biology units, two additional Chemistry units and 2 additional Physics units.

Students will sit 6 exams of 1 hour 45 minutes.  2 Biology papers, 2 Chemistry papers and 2 Physics papers. Each exam is worth 50% of the grade for the subject.

Overall students will gain 3 GCSE grades 9-1