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Teaching & Learning

The Science department aims to educate our pupils to become citizens of the 21st century, who can engage in some of the most pressing issues facing our planet. We want to inspire our pupils to become the scientists and engineers who are tasked with solving some of the current threats to our world.

We hope to motivate students to consider the social, cultural and moral issues related to Science, particularly by equipping them with knowledge around such issues as Stem Cell research and Nuclear Power Plants. We aim to teach them to use scientific knowledge and understanding with fluency and accuracy.

The science curriculum is planned to ensure the delivery of the KS3 National Curriculum and the KS4 AQA Specification in a 5-year programme of study that follows a conceptually progressive order for all pupils. Our curriculum spirals, building on prior knowledge and skills, revisiting key concept areas from Years 7-11.

At GCSE, we offer two courses:

1. Triple Science
We follow the AQA GCSE specifications. Pupils will end the course with three separate qualifications of GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. The courses are assessed using two examinations in each subject, of length 1 hour and 45 minutes, at the end of Year 11.

2. Combined Science (Trilogy)
We follow the AQA GCSE specifications. Pupils will end the course with a Science qualification comprising two GCSE grades. Pupils will still be taught in the individual subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course is assessed using six examinations (two in each subject discipline), of length 1 hour and 15 minutes, at the end of Year 11. These six examinations are combined together to give a qualification called GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy).

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