In KS3 students follow the QCA Science topics which cover the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics are arranged into eight units each of which covers at least one aspect of:
• Organisms, behaviour and health
• Chemical and material behaviour
• Energy, electricity and forces
• Environment, Earth and the universe
In KS4 students have a wide range of courses to choose from. We currently offer:
• Triple Science (separate Sciences)
• Core Science and Additional Science
• Core Science and Additional Applied
• Double Applied Science
All of our Science courses follow AQA specifications; the choice of course enables us to provide each individual with an appropriate curriculum choice.
In Years 12 and 13 students have the choice of the following A/S and A2 courses:
• Biology (OCR A Specification)
• Chemistry (OCR B Specification (Salters))
• Physics (Advancing Physics)
Students are encouraged to develop their practical and enquiry skills through engaging, investigative lessons in which practical work is a predominant feature. Students learn about current issues and develop their own views by discussing, debating and evaluating the issues affecting our world today.
We also offer BTEC First Diploma in Horticulture. Students complete this course in two years and enjoy a practical programme of study which covers all aspects of horticulture including: soil quality, growing, harvesting and tool maintenance.
We believe that the best way to learn is by actively participating. In Science students benefit from:
• Regular outside speakers
• Practical demonstrations by universities
• Participation in workshops from external companies
• Trips to scientific places of interest e.g. Bristol Zoo
• Internal and external competitions e.g. Biology Olympiad.
As a department we offer many activities during National Science and Engineering Week.
We aim to enrich pupils opportunities by offering extra curricular clubs and activities. The Engineering Challenge at the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Climate Change Conference at Bath University are also great opportunities for students to share and further their scientific knowledge with others from across the area.
The gardening clubs, are vibrant and are always well attended, offering many practical skills for use in everyday life.