Mrs F Cator - Director of Department
Mrs S Falconbridge - Deputy Director of Department
Miss S Bailey
Mr S Flack
Dr N Saad
Mr N Hales
Miss F Aldous
Mr D Mowat
Mr. S Blackford (Technician)
The Science Department consists of a team of teachers and 1 technician working in 8 fully equipped science laboratories and one IT suite. We are responsible for delivering the Compulsory Science as well as providing Science options in the Sixth Form. The department is also responsible for delivery of Health and Social Care courses in KS4 and KS5. Although Science is compulsory up until Year 11, our aim is to make it as exciting and relevant as possible to our students.
At KS3 we follow the Exploring Science scheme of work and a through assessment of student progress is carried out using the APP protocols recently introduced by the government.
*** NEW *** : September 2013 - the parental letters and homework sheets for Years 7 and 8 can be downloaded from the Science Homework Page here.
Learners will follow a Combined Science Programme at KS4. The course consists of separate units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be examined at the end of the course. Biology units will give students the opportunity to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment. Chemistry units will give students a good understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together, how chemistry is used in business and industry and how our use of fuels affect the local and global environment. Physics units will give students a good understanding of the use and transfer of energy, as well as an insight into the nature of waves, radiation and space. They'll also learn about the application of physics in the real world they live in.Our aim is that learners will achieve at least two Science GCSE qualifications or equivalent at the end of the course. The course will give learners a good knowledge of science and provide them with a firm base should they wish to continue studying the subject at A level.
In Year 12, students will have the opportunity to complete 3 mandatory units, leading to a BTEC level 3 Certificate in Applied Science. This is a qualification broadly equivalent to one GCE AS level.
In Year 13, students complete a further 3 units giving them a broad knowledge and a greater in depth understanding of science covering core scientific ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, leading to a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science. This is a qualification broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.
BTEC Natonals are QCF Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.
On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification, a learner can progress to employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area.
4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at C or above (including Science)
BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science
Dr S Martin
Breakdown of the units
6 units, 3 of which are mandatory:
Fundamentals of Science, Working in the Science Industry and Scientific Practical Techniques
12 units will be studied covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Assessment is through internal assessment activities. GCSE grades A-G available.
This is a course for students who wish to improve on a disappointing GCSE Science grade. There will be the opportunity, support and encouragement to take the GCSE Core Science to achieve a higher grade.
Students may also resit BTEC Level 2. Assignments already completed may be improved in order to reach the desired grade.
Willingness to work independently to achieve success.
GCSE Single Award