Key Stage 3
This 2 year course is taught to year 7 and 8. The aim of the KS3 science programme is to provide students with the foundations to understand the world through biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity, students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Students are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all students:
Students learn through a large variety of both practical and written methods to develop the understanding of all learners. In year 7 students are set according to their KS2 results. In years 8 students are set depending on their assessment results throughout the previous academic year, an average of these results is taken, students are ranked and then set by science ability.
Year 7 Areas of study
Year 8 Areas of Study
In Year 9 the students start the AQA triple science syllabus
Key Stage 4
The aim of the KS4 study of science is to fire pupils curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.
The study of science is compulsory at KS4. Students can opt to take triple science, resulting in an individual GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or study Combined Science resulting in two GSCEs. Students are set according to their average achieved level in year 9.
For each science students study a range of topics giving a thorough understanding to enable successful onward study at A level and beyond. For each subject a range of practical skills are practised and a significant portion of the marks in the exam are based on the assessment of these skills.