Science 

Faculty Leader: Mr J Barker 

 

Science provides the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The All Saints Catholic College Science curriculum has been designed to offer our students the chance to engage in a broad course of study covering all three sciences.  We want our students to gain a wide range of knowledge and scientific skills, preparing them for Post 16 study and beyond 

Throughout their learning, students will develop curiosity about the natural world, insight into working scientifically and an appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives.  Practical activities are part of day to day teaching and learning activities are appropriate for all students’ abilities; they will also challenge student understanding and allow them to develop their learning to a deeper level. 

 

Key Stage 3 

The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to help our students build their scientific knowledge and skills over two years.  In Years 7 and 8, students complete 12 units of work each year covering all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Students are assessed every 7 weeks using tasks, practical investigations and tests.  The department uses educational websites to set homework and revision tasks, alongside extended project-based activities designed to encourage students to think about science in the real world. 

In Year 9, a bridging course is taught which allows students to gain some of the key skills and concepts required for the GCSE course which is completed in Years 10 and 11. 

 

Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4 students are entered for AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy.  This course leads to two GCSEs in science, covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Alternatively, students can choose to study AQA Triple Award Science which leads to three GCSEs in Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  This course is suitable for students considering studying Science at A-Level and degree level.  Students have to take all 3 Sciences, there is not the option to take these separately.  Triple Award Science is taught alongside and in conjunction with the AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy  

Throughout the course students will: develop their scientific knowledge, understanding and skills; foster their curiosity; and develop their ability to work in teams and improve communication skills. 

There are two levels of exam, Foundation awarding grades 5-1 and Higher awarding grades 9-4.  All exams are a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.  Students will also complete a number of practical experiments in lessons over the 2 years and will be examined on aspects of these experiments as part of the written exam papers. 

 

What can I do with a Science qualification?  

Science is a subject which is included in the English Baccalaureate.  This is the list of subjects which Sixth Form Colleges and universities prefer a student to have studied at least to GCSE level.  Science is a compulsory subject because it is important in so many careers.  A science qualification at 16 opens doors to a wide spectrum of careers because employers are aware of the range of skills acquired during the course.  Such a qualification can also lead to many higher level and vocational courses, which in turn can lead on to a vast range of careers. 

Science Learning Journeys