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All students study science, learning key practical and investigative skills in addition to the content of the National curriculum.
In Year 7 the subject has been divided up into the following topics:
In Year 8 the topics studies are:
GOING FOR GOLD
EXPLAINING THE EARTH
ALL THAT GLITTERS
THE WAY OF THE DODO
Most students study science which will be examined at the end of year 10.
Students study key topics in biology, chemistry and physics leading to a GCSE in Science at the end of year 10. The examination board is AQA. Controlled assessment accounts for 25% of the overall grade.
Topics studied in year 9 are as follows:
Control in the Human body;
Control in plants;
Properties and uses of metals;
Saturated and unsaturated oils;
Energy transfers and efficiency;
Transferring electrical energy;
The National grid;
Topics studied in year 10 include:
The Carbon cycle;
Why organisms are different;
The Earth’s Crust;
The Earth’s Atmosphere;
Students who have opted for triple science will study extra modules in biology, chemistry and physics and will sit these three GCSEs at the end of year 11.
Those students who are not taking the triple sciences, will study either Additional Science GCSE or Additional Applied Science GCSE.
Additional Science is taken by students who are in sets in the higher bands. Three exams, one each in biology, chemistry and physics are taken and account for 75% of the overall grade.
Additional Applied Science is geared for students who perform better at coursework and there is less emphasis on examinations. The coursework accounts for 60% of the overall grade.
The Additional Science modules are as follows:
Proteins and digestion;
Exothermic and endothermic reactions;
Acids and bases;
Life cycles of stars;
Currently, students can study the following in years 12 and 13: A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. A very popular course is the BTEC level 3 in Applied Science specialising in Forensic Science.
The Science Directorate also runs a number of popular after school clubs including a science club, gardening group and a wildlife club.