SCIENCE

Teachers

Mr M. Khera (Subject Leader)

Mrs J. Guthrie

Mrs M. Doherty

Mr B. Boyle

KS3

The Science department aims to provide a knowledge-rich curriculum which generates an inquisitive, healthy curiosity of all aspects of Science.

Increase scientific literacy, developing the knowledge and skills required to make informed decisions based on evidence and fact.

Develop the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of scientific developments now and in the future. Promote a broad understanding of the multiple science based careers available, especially STEM based careers.

To provide the knowledge and skills required to secure outstanding GCSE grades as a stepping stone to pursuing sciences to degree level and beyond.

 

KS4 (GCSE)

We offer 3 different pathways at KS4:

 

OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science - 1 GCSE

The OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science will provide learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of key concepts within Biology, Chemistry and Physics and builds upon the Key Stage 3 science curriculum.

CCEA Single Award Science –1 GCSE

Pupils undertake 3 modular exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics over two years of study, each worth 25% of their final grade as well as a practical exam during their summer series of GCSE exams in Year 12, also worth 25%.

 

CCEA Double Award Science – 2 GCSE’s

Pupils undertake 3 modular exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Year 11, each worth 11% of their final grade.  Pupils undertake 3 modular exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Year 12, each worth 14% of their final grade as well as 3 practical exams during their summer series of GCSE exams in Year 12, making up the final 25%.

 

KS5

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science – 1 A-Level

Pupils study 2 mandatory units in Year 13, unit 1 is an exam unit and assessed externally with exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Unit 2 is portfolio based and assessed internally.

In Year 14 pupils complete another 2 units again one exam assessed and the other portfolio based.

 

Other Information 

  • Salters Festival of Chemistry

  • Seagate Real World Science Conference

  • Science Shows ‘Scientific Sue’ and ‘Think Differently’

  • Revision Clubs

  • RSPB Annual Bird Watch

  • Promoting STEM careers in girls (University of Ulster)

  • Biomedical Science (Queens University)

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