Science

 The Science curriculum aims to equip students with the skills and understanding to make sense of the science they meet in everyday life.  It considers modern science and future developments.  Through a wide range of activities students will be able to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of scientific concepts and theories
  • Understand the impact of science and technology
  • Make informed personal decisions about scientific issues they hear about in the media.

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow the Dynamic Learning scheme of study based on the new National Curriculum.  The course is designed to promote scientific enquiry, stimulate curiosity in the world around them and develop an understanding of how science works. The challenging course will engage students in a variety of practical work, written projects and research tasks using a variety of resources, all fully supported by help sheets, extension exercises and content summaries. Students are assessed and tested regularly to provide a detailed record of their progress.

Key Stage 4

Students in Year 10 follow the Science scheme from AQA. Students have a choice of pathways through Years 10 and 11. The most common pathway is GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy which will lead to a double award GCSE qualification. Students with an aptitude for the sciences are encouraged to follow a two year course leading to three GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The final grades for all pathways are based on exam results only at the end of the course and as for Key Stage 3, students are assessed and tested regularly to provide a detailed record of their progress. 
 
Students in Year 11 follow the 21st Century Science scheme from OCR. A large number of students take GCSE Additional Science in Year 11, having taken Core Science in Year 10, which will lead to a double award GCSE qualification. Students also follow a two year course leading to three GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The final grades for all GCSEs are based on exam results and controlled assessments at the end of the course and students are assessed and tested regularly to provide a detailed record of their progress.
 
Post 16
Six courses are currently offered at AS and A2.
 
  • OCR Biology specification code: H020/ H420 
  • OCR Chemistry A specification code: H032/ H432
  • Edexcel Physics specification code: new spec for 8PHO/ 9PH0
  • Edexcel Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science
  • Edexcel Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science
  • Edexcel Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)- Year 13
 
These courses allow students to specialise in their chosen area of study with regular assessments and testing allowing for a detailed record of their progress.
 

Biology

If students are looking to break into the world of Science, an A Level in Biology is a great start. Choosing Biology prepares students for further study and careers within the Life Sciences or related disciplines. It will help appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the Sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.   Students will cover a wide range of topics including the core principles of Biology, genes and genetic engineering and the effects on the environment. Students will learn to differentiate and assimilate detailed information, and to draw logical conclusions from scientific evidence.
 
The new A Level course is comprised of the following units:  
 
  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills. 
  • Module 2 - Foundations in Biology; covering concepts such as cell structure, biochemistry and cell division.
  • Module 3 - Exchange and Transport; covering the lungs and transport systems in animals and plants.
  • Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease.
  • Module 5 - Communication, homeostasis and Energy
  • Module 6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
 
Students will sit 2 AS exams at the end of Year 12 however these do not count towards the final A Level Grade. At the end of Year 13 there will be three exams
  • Paper 1 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and is worth 37% of the final A Level Grade
  • Paper 2 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and is worth 37% of the final A Level Grade
  • Paper 3 assesses content from all Modules and is worth 26% of the final A Level Grade
There is also the ‘Practical endorsement in Biology’ which is reported as a Pass or Fail separately to the A Level qualification.

Chemistry

Chemistry is a challenging and stimulating subject. It has played a major role in improving living standards and is one of the most successful industries in the UK. In most cases, Chemistry is an essential subject for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and some Biological Sciences. If students enjoy finding out what happens when substances react and why, if they have enquiring mind and enjoy solving problems or if they enjoy practical work and want to improve their skills and accuracy then an AS or A Level in Chemistry could be the answer. From the moment you are born and throughout your life you are surrounded by Chemistry, in the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear. How science works is also integrated throughout along with up to date topics.
 
The AS Level course is comprised of the following units:
  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
The A2 Level course is comprised of the following units:
  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis
Students will sit 2 AS exams at the end of Year 12 however these do not count towards the final A Level Grade. At the end of Year 13 there will be three exams
  • Paper 1 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and is worth 37% of the final A Level Grade
  • Paper 2 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and is worth 37% of the final A Level Grade
  • Paper 3 assesses content from all Modules and is worth 26% of the final A Level Grade
There is also the ‘Practical endorsement in Chemistry’ which is reported as a Pass or Fail separately to the A Level qualification.

Physics

If students have an enquiring mind, enjoy a challenge, and like solving problems, then they should consider studying Physics. From the smallest part of the human body to the great clusters of galaxies, Physics helps us understand how our world works. The applications, like the career opportunities, are infinite.   The course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding of the subject, its applications and skills. It aims to show the link between theory and experiment and how Mathematics can be used to explain physical principles.
 
Year 12
 
Five units will be taught in Year 12: 
  • Unit 1 – Working as a Physicist
  • Unit 2 – Mechanics (motion, forces, energy and power). 
  • Unit 3 – Electrical circuits 
  • Unit 4 – Materials
  • Unit 5 – Waves and the particle nature of light. 
At the end of Year 12 students will be given the opportunity to sit exams leading to an AS Physics qualification. This will involve two exams, each of which lasts for 90 minutes. They will assess units 1 – 5 and also have questions about practical skills.
 
Year 13 
 
During the second year of the course a further 8 units will be studied:
  • Unit 6 – Further mechanics.
  • Unit 7 - Electric and magnetic fields. 
  • Unit 8 - Particle physics.
  • Unit 9 - Thermodynamics
  • Unit 10 - Space
  • Unit 11 - Nuclear Radiation
  • Unit 12 - Gravitational Fields
  • Unit 13 – Oscillations
 
Practical work is an essential component of the course. The Science Department is well resourced with equipment and the emphasis is on individual work. You will be expected to apply your understanding of Physics principles to the design of experiments, realistic interpretation of results and evaluation of the methods used. You will also be encouraged to develop your IT skills and to show initiative and self-reliance in your studies.   There is a further science practical endorsement for A Level Physics. This qualification will assess students on their use of relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. 

Year 12 - Applied Science

Students can study the Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level) or the Foundation Diploma (equivalent to one and half A Level). 
 
For the Extended Certificate they will study a minimum of 4 units over the 2 years of which units 1 to 3 below are mandatory with one other optional unit. The Foundation Diploma will include the four mandatory units below, plus the other two optional units.
  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation skills
  • Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Applications in Industry
Students will take an exam for Unit 1. For Unit 3, students will complete a task set by the exam board that will comprise of a practical and a question and answer booklet that will be marked by the exam board. For units 2, 4 and the other two optional units, students will write an assignment for each Unit which well be assessed by their Science teachers and moderated by the exam board.
 

Year 13 - Applied Science (Medical Science)

Certificate AS course:
 
The Subsidiary Diploma is the equivalent of one A Level and is made up of 6 Units which include the ‘mandatory’ Units 1, 2 and 4 plus three other ‘optional Units’. Three Units are studied in Year 12 and three in Year 13. At the end of Year 12 students have the opportunity to achieve a Certificate in Applied Science which is the equivalent of one AS Level. Students will complete an assignment for each of the Units studied which are internally assessed. The Year 12 units are:
  • Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science
  • Unit 2 Working in the Science 
  • Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Subsidiary Diploma A2 course:
  • The Year 13 units are following three units below.
  • Unit 11 Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Unit 13 Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Unit 18 Genetics and Genetic Engineering
 

The Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma are assessed via Unit assignments. Each Unit assignment is made up of a series of tasks. The tasks are set at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. In order to achieve a Unit Pass all the Pass tasks must be completed satisfactorily. To reach a Unit Merit all the Pass and Merit tasks must be completed satisfactorily and for a Unit Distinction all the Pass, Merit and Distinction tasks must be completed satisfactorily. A student’s Unit grades are then aggregated to give an overall qualification grade.

Resources

The department is housed in a new build part of the College, and enjoys excellent facilities, large airy Science Laboratories and a wealth of equipment and resources.

Extra Curricular/ Enrichment

  • Forensic science day
  • Physics at Work trip
  • Science Masterclass at Cambridge University
  • Physics lectures at Cambridge University
  • GCSE Science Live lectures
  • Classroom medics

Staffing

Mr R Watson

Head of Department, A Level Biology and Level 3 Applied Science

Dr L Edwards

Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator, Primary Liaison and A Level Biology

Mr J Leach

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator and A Level Chemistry

Mr M Sandeman

Head of College and Teacher of A Level Physics

Mr J Oakley

Deputy Headteacher and Teacher of A Level Physics

Mrs E Benton

Teacher of Science and A Level Biology

Mr T Bold

Teacher of Science, A Level Physics and Level 3 Engineering

Miss T Clarke

Teacher of Science, A Level Chemistry and Level 3 Applied Science

Mrs C Gray

Teacher of Science and A Level Chemistry (part time)

Mr M Hale

Teacher of Science and Level 3 Engineering

Mr T Holland

Teacher of Science, A Level Biology and Level 3 Applied Science

Mrs G Murphy

Teacher of Science

Mr P Kaushal

Teacher of A Level Chemistry (part time)

Mrs R Ridgers

Teacher of Science

Mrs L Rothery

Teacher of Science and A Level Biology

Mr N Staffieri

Teacher of Science, A-level Physics and Level 3 Engineering

Mrs S Wells

Teacher of Science

Mrs I Radford

Senior Science Technician

Mrs N Cooper

Science Technician

Mrs J Harris

Science Technician

Mrs K Newton

Science Technician

Mr N Pudney Science Technician