Academic Information

Science

Aims

  • To stimulate pupils’ curiosity and enthusiasm to develop a sense of wonder in science

  • To developing skills in scientific methods of enquiry

  • To engage pupils to develop understanding of the processes of science as well as content of scientific knowledge

Staff

Mrs Open
Mrs Dinsmore
Mrs Hawthorne
Mrs Best
Mrs Butterworth
Miss Toner
Mr Corey
Mr McBride


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we emphasise the practical delivery of science backed up by booklets designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. The courses are broad, balanced and designed to take account of each pupil's level of ability. The booklets are grouped into themes, lasting an entire term, allowing pupils to investigate the links between Physics, Chemistry and Biology. All themes are closely linked to the syllabus for CCEA Double and Single Award GCSE Science – providing pupils with a solid foundation on which to build.

Our modern labs provide a safe, comfortable and inspirational learning environment. We have interactive whiteboard and digital projectors installed in all labs. This greatly enhances the pupils' science experience as well as providing instant access to a massive range of relevant information on the internet.

In Year 8 pupils cover the topics: I am a Scientist – get me out of here!, To infinity and Beyond and The Zoo.

In Year 9 pupils cover: Crazy Chemistry, The Hunger Games, May the Force be with you.

In Year 10 pupils cover: The Hospital, Despicable Chemistry and Radiation and other glowing things.

We organise visits and events such as Belfast Zoo, The Planetarium, W5 and University of Ulster.


Key Stage 4

GCSE Single Award Science, CCEA

Unit 1 Biology 25%, Unit 2 Chemistry 25%, Unit 3 Physics 25%, Unit 4 Practical Skills -Practical skills assessment 7.5%, External written examination 17.5%

 Biology - Cells, Food and Diet, Genetics, Nervous system, plant and animal hormones. Pregnancy, Variation, Disease and body defenses, drugs.  

Chemistry - Acids and bases, Elements mixtures and compounds, Separation. Atomic Structure, Periodic Table, Bonding, using materials to fight crimes. Symbols, formulae and equations, Qualitative analysis, Metals and the reactivity series, Energetics, Rates of reaction, Organic chemistry.

Physics - Electrical circuits, Ohm’s law.Household electricity, Energy, Electricity generation. Waves, Electromagnetic spectrum, Road transport and safety. Radioactivity,Earth in space.

GCSE Double Award Science, CCEA

Exam Board: CCEA. 

·      Biology Unit B1: Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity 11%

·      Chemistry Unit C1: Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions, Quantitative Chemistry and Analysis 11%

·      Physics Unit P1: Motion, Force, Moments, Energy, Density, Kinetic Theory, Radioactivity, Nuclear Fission & Fusion 11%

·      Biology Unit B2: Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health 14%

·      Chemistry Unit C2: Further Chemical Reactions, Rates and Equilibrium, Calculations and Organic Chemistry. 14%

·      Physics Unit P2: Waves, Light, Electricity, Magnetism, Electromagnetism and Space Physics 14%

·      Unit 7: Practical Skills - this comprises Unit 7 Biology, Unit 7 Chemistry and Unit 7 Physics. Paper A=7.5% Paper B=17.5%


Post 16

CCEA Life and Health Science

AS

  • Unit 1Experimental Techniques – Internal Assessment, 13.34% of A level

  • AS Unit 2 Human Body Systems – External Written Assessment, 13.33% of A Level

  • AS Unit 3 – Aspects of Physical Chemistry in Industrial Processes – External Written Assessment, 13.33% of A Level

  • Key Topics: AS 2 – Cardiovascular system, Respiratory System, Respiration, Homeostatic Mechanisms, Nutrition and Physical Exercise

  • Key Topics: AS3- Chemical Calculations, Volumetric Analysis, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Industrial Processes.

A2

·      A2 1 Scientific Method Investigation, Analysis and Evaluation- Internal Assessment, 20% of A Level

·      A2 2 Organic Chemistry –External Assessment, 20% of A Level 

·      A2 3 Medical Physics – External Assessment, 20% of A level

·      Key topics A2 2 –Nomenclature, structure and isomerism in organic compounds, Hydrocarbons- alkanes and alkenes, Alcohols, Polymers, Spectroscopic Techniques, Making and purifying organic compounds and Making Nylon.

·      Key Topics A2 3- Physiological measurements to monitor Health, Diagnostic imaging techniques, Medical uses of radiation

A-Level Biology

Exam Board: CCEA. 100% Written examination.

AS Level

  • Unit AS 1: Molecules and Cells, 15% of A Level

  • Unit AS 2: Organisms and Biodiversity, 15% of A Level

  • Unit AS 3: Practical Skills in AS Biology, External Assessment 1 Hour Exam plus Internal Practical Assessment, 10% of A Level

Key topics 

  • AS 1 – Biological Molecules, Enzymes, Viruses, Cells, Continuity of Cells, Cell Physiology, Tissues and Organs

  • AS2 – Transport and Exchange, Circulatory System in mammals, Adaptations of Organisms, Biodiversity, Human Impact on Biodiversity.

A2 Level

  • Unit A2 1: Physiology, Coordination and Control, and Ecosystems, External Assessment, 24% of A Level

  • Unit A2 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends, External Assessment, 24% of A Level

  • Unit A2 3: Practical Skills in Biology, External Assessment ( 1Hour Exam) plus Internal practical Assessment, 12% of A Level.

Key Topics

A2 1 –Homeostasis, Immune System, Kidney and Excretion, Co-Ordination and control in plants and animals, Ecosystems.

A2 2- Respiration, Photosynthesis, DNA and the genetic code, Gene Technology, Genes and Patterns of Inheritance, Population Genetics and Kingdoms.

Skills Developed

  • Manipulation Skills in Practical Work.

  • Leadership and Group working Skills

  • Problem Solving

  • Communication

Careers

  • Environmental Science

  • Biochemistry

  • Dentistry

  • Veterinary

  • Biological Sciences

  • Marine Biology

  • Nursing

  • Midwifery

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