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Teachers:

 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.

 

KS3

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.

KS4

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.

 

Sixth Form

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.

 

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at C or above (including Science)

 

Qualification

BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science

 

Contact

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

 

 

GCSE Science

 

Content

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.

 

Entry Requirements

Willingness to work independently to achieve success.

 

Qualification

GCSE Single Award

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