Aims of the Department
Our aim is to provide an engaging Science education which is both broad in its range of topics and deep in its level of detail. During years 7 to 11 students learn about fundamental scientific principles and concepts that will provide the foundations for further study at Advanced Level and beyond. We have a broad offer at Sixth Form, with A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and both Extended Certificate and Diploma BTEC in Applied Science.
Strengths of the Department
We provide ‘real world’ examples to anchor and develop the ideas so that our young people can take part in ongoing national and international debates which surround scientific discoveries.
Our teachers are from a wide range of scientific disciplines and work closely together in order to provide excellent support for our students in their learning.
We provide a range of enrichment opportunities, with whole year groups attending Chemistry demonstration lectures, and smaller groups entering competitions, attending lectures, carrying out work with Manchester University and completing work experience.
Triple Science (separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) is a popular GCSE option, with between 80 and 110 students each year following this course pathway. Around 50% of these students achieve A or A* grades.
KS3 Science Curriculum
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9), students study Biology (cells, organs and systems), Chemistry (particle theory and chemical reactions) and Physics (energy, forces and waves) topics.
Whenever possible, and where appropriate we use practical learning experiences to help develop the science skills of prediction, planning, testing, analysing and evaluating.
KS4 Science Curriculum
From September 2016 all of our learners in Year 10 will begin a GCSE course in Science, the AQA ‘Trilogy’ Combined Science GCSE course. This will lead to the awarding of two GCSE grades. Many students choose to study Separate Sciences as part of their options, which will give them three GCSEs; AQA Biology, AQA Chemistry and AQA Physics.
Current Year 11 students have completed the GCSE Science course in Y10. This year they will study for a second GCSE, the OCR Twenty-first Century Science Additional Science course. Those who are studying Separate Sciences will continue to study for the three subjects.
Students studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught by specialists in each field, which helps us address misconceptions well and maximise the achievement of students.