All Science courses are based on the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. At Key Stage 3 pupils will study the Exploring Science course, based on the QCA scheme of work.
In Year 7 the emphasis is on the development of practical and process skills. As the pupils progress through Years 8 and 9 more emphasis is placed on knowledge and comprehension.
Throughout the course pupils are assessed regularly on their skills of planning, implementing (doing) and concluding (judging) practical investigations.
During Year 10 most pupils will follow a core science course, covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Year 11 pupils will study Additional Science which is a follow-on to their Year 10 course. There is also an option for some pupils to study separate sciences, leading to three GCSE grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
All courses rely heavily on ‘How Science Works’, where pupils are expected to examine evidence, observe experiments, design experiments, make measurements, use data appropriately and consider the ethical, social, economic and environmental issues in science.