Science

Members

Mrs A. McCormick (HoD),

Mrs. K. McLarnon,

Dr. A. Smith,

Mrs. G. Maguire,

Mrs. K. Manley,

Mr. R. Moore,

Mr. B. Breen,

Mr. D.Calvin,

Miss D. Feeney (science technician)

General aims of the department/curricular area;  The aim of our department is not just to further scientific knowledge and understanding but ensure that science is enjoyable, will  help develop creative and critical thinking and foster self-management skills. A variety of teaching methods are employed including practical demonstrations, group work, role play and project work. It is a very much ’hands on’ experience!

Key Stage 3 programmes of study

At Key Stage 3 all pupils study a balanced science course which incorporates biology, chemistry and physics and follows the Revised Curriculum guidelines.The courses are ‘modular’ and thematic in nature.

Year 8;   Risk and Safety, Salt of the Earth, Living Things and Reproduction.

Year 9;   In and Out of the Planet, Forensic Science, Blood & Guts, Magnetism

Year 10; Electricity & Energy, Marvellous Metals, Healthy Bodies, Sight & Sound

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, all pupils study science.

They may choose from:

 

Year 11:

AQA Additional Science studentsstudy and are assessed on all three units: Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Physics 1.  Students also carry on a Controlled Assessment which has replaced coursework.  At present, AQA allows module exams in January and May/June; this is however likely to change to May/June only.

CCEA Single Award students study two units of the three units assessed. The first external exam is in February.

Year 12:

AQA Additional Science students study three units (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) and complete a Controlled Assessment. Unit exams are at present offered by AQA in January and May/June.

CCEA  Single Award students complete the remaining Units and are assessed in November and May/June.

Post 16 programmes of study

  • AQA AS/A2 Physics,
  • AQA AS/A2 Chemistry
  • CCEA AS/A2 Biology

These are all modular courses and are assessed externally in May/June.

BTEC qualifications are an alternative to A levels and are accepted as an entry requirement for universities and further education. A BTEC course is assignment based and provides a more practical real world approach to learning.We have chosen to offer BTEC Applied Science because it is a Level 3 science course that will appeal to a wide range of students. We recognise that there are many students who for various reasons do not want to take an AS science course or will not be accepted onto an A level programme because they have not studied Additional Science.

Extra-curricular activitiesKS.3 students enjoy visits from Belfast Zoo Outreach, W5 Road Shows and the N.I School of Falconry.Students also have an opportunity to participate in activities in the after school Science Club.

Career opportunities; Science is a ’STEM’ subject and as such is essential for careers in the medical, veterinary, sports, education, food technology and engineering sectors at all levels. . However it will also enhance the career possibilities and opportunities for all students.

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