Science

Science

 

Teaching Staff

  • Head of Department - Miss Annmarie Donnelly
  • Assistant Head of Department - Dr Karen Robinson
  • Assistant Head of Department - Mr Sean Kelly
  • Teacher - Mrs Donna Tohill
  • Teacher - Mrs Libby Cleary
  • Teacher - Mr Ciaran McCann
  • Teacher - Mr Patrick Brady
  • Teacher - Dr Eileen McCaffrey
  • Teacher - Dr Marie Donnelly
  • Teacher - Dr Tom Shannon

 

The Key Stage 3 Science curriculum is an integrated Science course which includes elements of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Investigative Science and ICT through use of Samsung tablets.

Science is a key part of the curriculum in Years 8, 9 and 10. Our Key Stage 3 Science programmes are designed for our pupils:
  • to have a well-informed awareness of the role and importance of science in everyday life.
  • to develop practical skills, including the ability to plan and carry out investigations
  • to develop an appreciation of the beauty and fascination of the world around them
  • to develop methodical and analytical approaches to problem solving
  • to develop the ability to investigate new situations and ask appropriate questions (also available through Science/STEM Club)

Assessment:

Pupils will sit an end of unit test in each science subject at the end of a ten week teaching block. These results will form part of the overall summer grade. Assessment scores will form decisions on GCSE Single/Double Award for Science.

 

Science encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged. Science is an integral part of our modern world and knowledge and understanding of science helps us to make sense of it.

Course Outline:

Students study Science at either CCEA Single or Double Award. A GCSE science qualification is an essential requirement for some careers, which include teaching, nursing, medicine, laboratory work, fire fighting, veterinary work, dentistry, working in the environment, engineering, computing, space research, sport etc.

Double Award

Students gain a balanced knowledge and understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and its power and limitations. In this course, students:
  • learn about scientific ideas, how they develop and the factors that may affect their development;
  • learn about the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments (including those related to the individual, the community and the environment);
  • consider science in relation to personal health, quality of life and ethical issues where appropriate;
  • gain experimental, investigative, problem-solving and team-working skills as they plan and carry out a range of investigations; and
  • have opportunities to develop numeric, communication and ICT skills as they critically evaluate data gained from investigations and present their results.

Assessment:

Pupils complete three modular examinations (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in Year 11 worth 33% of the overall grade. A further three examinations (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are taken in Year 12. These account for 42% of the overall grade. 25% of the marks are awarded for two pieces of controlled assessment.

Grades awarded A*A*- GG.

Single Award

Students take part in activities that stimulate their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science. Through studying GCSE Science (Single Award), students acquire knowledge and understanding of all three Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How Science works;
  • How it benefits mankind; and
  • The drawbacks of science and scientific and technological advances

Assessment:

In GCSE Science (Single Award), Year 11 students must sit three modules worth 25% of the final award. Investigative Skills Assignment (25%) – Students complete one controlled assessment task from a choice of two.

Grades Awarded: A* - G.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Pupils must complete homework questions per topic. Pupils will complete at least two homeworks per week. Homework will consist of both learning and written work.

Key Points to Success:

  • Excellent attendance;
  • Listen attentively in class;
  • Review notes from each class at home;
  • Prepare summaries from your notes;
  • Practice using past Papers
  • Use of Samsung tablets to make revision notes

 

In Year 13 students complete three modules and take an examination in each module. This is equivalent to an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) in Biology/Chemistry and/or Physics.

In Year 14 students will take a further three modules to complete an A-Level in Biology/Chemistry and/or Physics.

Pupils complete a practical assessment through Internal assessment in Biology and a practical examination in both chemistry and Physics in both AS and A2.

Biology

AS Level
  • AS 1: Molecules and Cells
  • AS 2: Organisms and Biodiversity
A2 Level
  • A2 1: Physiology and Ecosystems
  • A2 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary trends

Chemistry

AS Level
  • AS 1: Basic Concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • AS 2: Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry
A2 Level
  • A2 1: Periodic Trends and Further Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • A2 2: Analytical, Transition Metals, Electrochemistry and Further Organic Chemistry

Physics

AS Level
  • AS 1: Forces, Energy and Electricity
  • AS 2: Waves, Photons and Medical Physics
A2 Level
  • A2 1: Momentum, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • A2 2:Fields and their Applications

Study/Homework Requirements:

Students will also undertake practical scientific work and write up their findings. Students will develop research skills and techniques in all units. They should spend 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes per day going over/expanding on notes, completing homework and/or revising.

Key Points to Success:

  • Excellent Attendance;
  • Make summary notes for examinations;
  • Practice using past paper questions