Mr M Wise – Department Leader for Science,
Mr A Strowbridge – Department Leader for Biology
Mrs E Dawson – Department Leader for Chemistry
Mr R Whelan – Department Leader for Physics
Mr T Shipley – KS3 Science Co-ordinator
Mrs K Brown
Mrs A James
Mr S Jankowski
Dr R Parkes
Dr A Pritchard-Roberts – Assistant Head Teacher
Dr M Ravetz
Mrs J Robinson – Sixth Form Progress and Pastoral Leader
Mrs S Warburton – Deputy Head Teacher
Mrs C Wynne – (maternity leave)
Key Stage 3
The Key stage 3 Science course is designed to encourage pupils to be enthusiastic about Science by engaging them in a great deal of practical work. Pupils learn to be confident at handling scientific equipment e.g. the Bunsen burner in Year 7 and to evaluate any investigative work they complete. The pupils cover all the core elements of science needed to underpin their GCSE courses. Pupils are taught to think scientifically and make their own models to explain how science works e.g. modelling of how enzymes work in digestion in Year 8. Learning to draw graphs and analyse data is a key skill that is developed and pupils learn to look at data critically for any misrepresentation or bias. Pupils are encouraged to work both independently and in group work.
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Assessments take place during November and June. The following resources will help students to prepare independently for these assessments:
click on the REMOTE tab at the top of the screen
This takes you to a menu for accessing various resources:
RM Portico, log on with network username and password, click on RMShared then click on the Science folder then click on KS3 revision for:
– end of unit revision summaries
– past paper questions and mark schemes
Students should have been given a login to use this:
Click on Science then resources then KS3 Science
– there a lots of activities to try on each unit
Students may also find BBC Bitesize KS3 Science useful
Skills and Knowledge Checklist
Key Stage 4
Science is a compulsory GCSE subject and students will engage with the scientific and technological aspects of the world around them, develop curiosity about the natural world, insight into how science works, and appreciate its relevance to their everyday lives. Students explore how scientific information is obtained, how reliable it is, what its limitations are and how this information helps society to make important decisions. They will also explore scientific concepts and develop understanding of scientific ideas through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Students begin their study of GCSE Science in year 9. All students have Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons delivered by specialist science teachers. Options are chosen at the end of year 9. Students who particularly enjoy science, can opt for Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects, where each one is graded separately. Alternatively students study Combined Science where the results of the three subjects are combined and two GCSE grades are awarded. The majority of the subject content is common to both routes of study, so that students can continue with further study at A-level no matter which route they have followed.
The specifications followed are AQA Biology, Chemistry, Physics and AQA Combined Science (Trilogy). At the end of the course all students sit six exam papers, two for each subject. These consist of a series of short structured questions, longer open-response questions, mathematical questions and questions based on science practicals completed during the course.
Students have access to the Collins Connect website where they can use the online textbook, homework sheets, quizzes and videos:
Key Stage 5
Studying Physics at A level allows students to develop their understanding of key Physics principles in a range of interesting contexts. Students will have already come across some of the concepts of physics at GCSE: forces, energy, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism. At A-level they develop their understanding of how these ideas work together, and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies.
The lessons involve a lot of practical work, students use mathematical skills to solve problems and develop written and oral communication skills as they explain how the Universe works. Visits to workshops and lectures take place to give students the opportunity to see first-hand some of the applications of the physics they are studying and to hear about the latest discoveries from leading researchers in the field.
Assessment is by exams at the end of the first year to achieve an AS grade, or alternatively at the end of the second year to achieve the full A level. Students’ practical sessions during the course are assessed towards receiving the practical endorsement awarded at the end of the A level course.
A-level Physics specification:
A Level Biology
Do you want to learn about the battle between bacteria and our bodies. Do you want to understand the science behind paternity tests on Jeremy Kyle. Would you like to know why you see stars when you rub your eyes. Then Biology is the subject for you.
With class sizes typically around 12 students, staff get the opportunity to get to know students, and as a result offer a much more personalised in class experience. We can also provide tailored support to really support learning.
Students with an A-level in Biology typically go on to work in a diverse variety of fields. As well as expected careers such as Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Veterinary science; Biology also allows for careers in the Environment (eg Marine Biology), Technology (Genetics), Sports (Physiotherapy) and Forensics.
What will I be learning?
Year 12 will cover:
- Biological molecules;
- How organisms exchange substances with their environment;
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.
Year 13 will cover:
- Energy transfers in and between organisms;
- Organisms respond to changes in their environment;
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems;
- The control of gene expression.
How is the course examined?
3 Terminal papers
Paper 1 – Primarily Year 12 work. 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A-Level.
Paper 2 – Primarily Year 13 work. 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A-Level.
Paper 3 – Contains content from Y12 & 13, and application of practical skills gained in Years 12 and 13. An essay is also part of the examination. 2 hours, 78 marks, 30% of A-Level.
12 Required Practicals –These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.
A-level Biology specification:
Further information regarding the course, including past papers and mark-schemes can be found at:
Enrichment and extra-curricular activities
We run an annual Biology trip to Anglesey where students get to monitor environmental conditions, and how they affect the distribution of organisms. Students also get first hand experience of a variety of fieldwork techniques.
Mr Strowbridge – Department leader for Biology
Dr R Parkes
Mrs S Warburton (Deputy Headteacher)
“If you enjoy GCSE Chemistry then you will enjoy A Level even more”
Do you want to learn about the relevance of Chemistry in everyday life and immerse yourself in a practical subject?
Then Chemistry is the subject for you…
The theoretical aspects of the course allow you to study chemical ideas and concepts in more depth from GCSE. These ideas and concepts are supplemented by a large number of practical activities which develop a wide range of practical skills. There is an emphasis on the relevance of Chemistry to everyday life and practical work includes; analysis by titration, making soap, nylon, food flavourings, making aspirin and an anti-coagulant drug; and explaining why different materials behave in certain ways; as well as designing experiments to investigate Kinetics and Thermodynamics.
What will I be learning?
Year 12 will cover…
- Physical Chemistry – eg atomic structure, bonding, kinetics and equilibria.
- Inorganic Chemistry – eg. Group 2 & Group 7 and periodicity
- Organic Chemistry – eg alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, halogenoalkanes; mass spectrometry and infra-red spectrometry
Year 13 will cover…
- Physical Chemistry – eg thermodynamics, electrode potentials.
- Inorganic Chemistry – eg. period 3, transition metals and aqueous solutions
- Organic Chemistry – eg carbonyl chemistry, aromatic chemistry, biological molecules, chromatography and NMR Spectroscopy.
Class sizes are 10-15 students, which allows for practical work to be carried out individually rather than in pairs or groups; this allows more in depth development of practical skills; and allows more individual support by the teacher in lessons. Smaller class sizes enable a positive environment where students feel comfortable enough to ask questions and make progress at a pace appropriate for them.
Where could Chemistry lead you?
Students with an A-level in Chemistry typically go on to study medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and engineering; as well as chemistry and natural sciences. Environmental science, materials science and geology have also been popular choices. Some students have gone onto apprenticeship schemes such as engineering, business management or accountancy.
How is the course examined?
Paper 1, Paper 2 & Paper 3 terminal examinations will be all be taken at the end of Year 2.
- Paper 1 – Inorganic & Physical Chemistry 2 hours,105 marks, 35%
- Paper 2 – Organic & Physical Chemistry 2 hours, 105 marks, 35%
- Paper 3 – Synoptic (including practical techniques) 2 hours, 90 marks 30%
Students complete 12 required practical activities during the course. Practical skills and knowledge are assessed in the terminal examinations. Students also receive a practical endorsement certificate at the end of the 2 year A level course.
Link to specification.
Enrichment & Extra-curricular Activities.
- Chemistry in Action Seminars
- Merseyside Young Analyst Competition
- Chemistry Olympiad
- Spectroscopy in a suitcase
- Pharmaceutical Days at Universities