Science

Science is a core subject at both Key Stage 3 and 4.

Key Stage 3

Science is taught as a combined subject, with most classes having one member of staff
teaching biology, chemistry and physics in rotation throughout the year. Pupils will develop
their knowledge and skills through theory lessons as well as practical and investigative work.
Assessment is through end of topic tests as well as level-assessed tasks.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, most pupils will complete the WJEC Double Science qualification which will
see them achieve two GCSE grades at the end of Year 11. It encourages learners to develop
confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, science and to recognise its
importance in their own lives and to society. Studying GCSE Science (Double Award)
provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Learners will be introduced
to a wide range of scientific principles which will allow them to enjoy a positive learning
experience. Practical work is an intrinsic part of this course.
At the end of year 9, a small number of pupils will be selected to follow the GCSE Triple
Science course in which they will achieve three separate GCSE grades in Biology, Chemistry
and Physics.

A small number of pupils may also be selected to follow the GCSE Single or Double Applied
Science course, which may be more appropriate to them.

For all courses, pupils are assessed through module exams taken at the end of Year 10 and
Year 11 (worth 90% of the final mark) and a Practical Assessment (worth 10%) taken in year
11. The results of these are combined to calculate the final grade awarded. For applied
Science there is also a Task Based Assessment which accounts for a proportion of the final
grade