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Science

The Science Department aims to provide a broad and balanced Science education for all. This encompasses and promotes progression, continuity and access to Science for all students. We provide, through well-constructed studies of investigative and practical activities, a Science education which enables the learner to understand how Science operates, to be able to be Scientific in analysing and solving problems and appreciate Science as a human activity.

Our primary aim is to ensure that all students gain knowledge and understanding of Science and that they reach their true potential in this subject. 

This can only be achieved by strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation of procedures, effective and diverse teaching and learning in classrooms and the whole school environment.  

Key Stage 3: 

Students will study a contextualised science course which explores the world around and beyond. There is a strong emphasis on building understanding through practical investigations and reflective learning. Students can work together as well as individually to develop key skills required to access the GCSE curriculum. The course follows the new National Curriculum for Science.

 

Key Stage 4: 

GCSE Science is studied in Years 9, 10 and 11. Students are taught each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics seperately by specialist teachers. All 3 are examined at the end of Year 11.

 

Key Stage 5: 

Biology: At Key Stage 5, we follow the new OCR AS and A2 Specification. The new courses allow students to either take an AS course at the end of year 12 or be assessed on all materials and content at the end of year 13 for the full A level. The course involves a study of the main chemicals in the cell, providing an introduction to biochemistry and emphasising how all life on earth follows a similar pattern.  The cell itself is studied in detail and then how cells are specialised to form the different organs in animals and plants.  Genetics considers the laws governing inheritance and what we know about the structure of the gene, whilst evolution involves some of the great ideas in biology and provides a unifying principle for the subject. The subject builds on the learners GCSE knowledge and is a technical one drawing on parts of chemistry, geography and mathematics.  It is also a practical subject and involves microscope work and experiments in the lab. Possible career choices that require A-level biology include: biological testing, biotechnology, independent research, food industry jobs, nutrition, medicine, doctor, nurse, veterinarian, zoologist, zookeeper, animal care, veterinary nurse, scientist, amongst a huge range of others. In fact, having an A-level in biology will put you in great stead for a huge range of careers, as it is a great qualification to have.

Chemistry: At Key Stage 5, we follow the new OCR AS and A2 Specification. The new courses allow students to either take an AS course at the end of year 12 or be assessed on all materials and content at the end of year 13 for the full A level. The course involves a study of chemical behaviour and reactions, looking at applications of biochemistry in industry and the impact on society.  We will explore organic chemistry and the synthetic pathways which lead to essential chemical compounds used in everyday life.  Chemistry is a suitable subject to study alongside A level biology as a number of concepts overlap. The A level course extends concepts studied at GCSE level and allows progression into higher education. Examples of possible careers students can progress into are Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Chemical engineering and teaching.

Physics: Students will study the new specification of AQA Physics A. Physics is a dynamic field of study which explains various phenomena that directs the Universe that we live in. It opens up avenues to greater and higher level thinking and enables students to investigate and analyse different scientific areas that affect our daily lives. It prepares the young mind to model a concept and evaluate the possible outcomes. The department has developed links with local universities. Students involved have the opportunity to experience a ‘hands-on’ approach to Science and attend lectures and live debates as well as experiencing life as a medical student.

Health & Social Care: The Department is also offering a Level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care. This is for those students who want to follow a career path in the healthcare or social care industries but who are not necessarily suited to A Levels. The course involves 4 units of study 2 of which are assessed internally and 2 which are assessed externally. The Level 3 BTEC is a recognised course which is accepted by many universities for a range of degree courses.

NEW: Applied Science Level 3 BTEC: The course involves 4 units of study 2 of which are assessed internally and 2 which are assessed externally.  The Level 3 BTEC is a recognised course which is accepted by many universities for a range of degree courses and is the equivalent to one A level.

Enrichment:

The Science department runs Year 11 enrichment on a Monday afternoon after school. We also organise whole school events for National Science Week and are developing our links with local primary schools. The Department runs a number of relevant trips through the year for selected groups of pupils.

Science Courses  Qualification
Biology   GCSE (AQA)
Chemistry GCSE (AQA)
Physics GCSE (AQA)
Biology A AS/A2 (OCR)
Chemistry A AS/A2 (OCR)
Physics (A)   AS/A2(AQA)
Health & Social Care

BTEC (Level 3)

Applied Science BTEC (Level 3)
The Science Staff:  
Mr Laurence Hampton Director of Learning Science
Mr Daniel Dalton Head of Science
Mr Amrinder Singh Head of Chemistry
Ms Erika Wilson Head of Health and Social Care
Mr David Rogers Teacher of Science
Mr Andrew Vagg Teacher of Science
Mr Mark Lee Teacher of Science
Mrs Masoodeh Safi Teacher of Science
Mr Mohammad Sepahi Science Technician