Science

The sciences are both very strong and very popular at both GCSE and A level achieving outstanding examination results.

Our aim is to provide pupils with a theoretical and practical framework through which they can explore and develop as scientists. Academic study for its own sake is valued as well as a means by which to interpret the wider world.

All the sciences teach through a medium of experimentation, practical studies and projects.

Options

At GCSE we offer our pupils the choice of taking all three separate sciences, with a recommendation that they take at least one.

We currently follow the Edexcel IGCSE Specifications in Biology and Physics whilst in Chemistry the AQA IGCSE Certificate Specification is followed. Pupils will be introduced to the key ideas from these specifications during their Year 9.

At A level the new specifications are followed; Biology (Edexcel), Chemistry (AQA) and Physics (OCR). 

These provide them with a modern, relevant background in each of the three sciences and also a thorough preparation for further study of the sciences at A-level. The IGCSE courses involve no coursework, experimental skills are assessed in the final examination papers.

The Curriculum

  • In Year 7 four periods of general science
  • In Years 8 and 9 two periods a week of each of the three sciences
  • In Year 10 and 11 four periods per week per science
  • In Years 12 and 13 our pupils are timetabled for eight and nine periods respectively of each science per week

The taught curriculum is supported by a wide range of trips, activities, clubs and visits. 

Further detail on individual courses may be found on the departmental websites.

Extra-curricular

Across the sciences a number of extension and enrichment activities are provided and the details are listed within each science subject’s web site entry.