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Departmental Staff
 
Science Subject Leader:-   Mr J Milne     
 
Science Teachers:-           Dr B Hercus    
                                           Mr K Koupis  
                                           Mr D Haparari
                                           Mrs F Hardy
  
Science Technicians:-      Mrs S Garoghan   

                                           Mrs J Yugoda
                                             
  
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What will a student learn in Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum through the Science Works programme of study.  This is a very engaging, contemporary and practical course that enables students to develop the scientific knowledge, skills, techniques and understanding to succeed as scientists.  Content is studied in discrete topics from all three strands, biology, chemistry and physics and regular assessments inform both students and teachers of the progress being made.

 
The course also enables students to build up the range of qualities needed for progression onto GCSE Science.
 
What will a student learn in Key Stage 4
 
In this important two year period students will study science through one of three pathways:

  • GCSE Double Science – Core Year 10 and additional Year 11 (OCR 21st Century Course)
  • GCSE Separate Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (OCR 21st Century Course)
  • BTEC Science (Edexcel)

Students are expected to work hard and achieve a deep understanding of key scientific principles as well as an appreciation of how science works. There is an exam and a coursework element to each of the three different courses and students will be guided to making the right ‘selection’ when it comes to choosing their options.  Separate science is taken as an option subject in addition to core curriculum time.
 
The subjects are taught by topic so that students have the opportunity to develop their understanding in all three science disciplines.

What will a student learn in Key Stage 5
 
For students who want to take their understanding even further studying science at AS and A2 level provides fantastic opportunities.  Courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Applied Science are available through the Welwyn & Hatfield Consortium to push students’ skills and knowledge to higher levels.

Why is this subject important today?

We live in a scientific world, our culture is shaped by our understanding and science is the discipline that drives our understanding.  Regardless of whether or not you want to have a career in science understanding the principles of how science works will allow you to make informed decisions throughout your life.  From whether mobile phone masts are harmful to the evidence linking MMR to Autism, science plays a huge role in our lives: one that can’t and should not be ignored!

What skills will students learn / develop and how will they learn?
 
You will learn how to observe and examine the world around us.  To develop questions and then set about finding the answers to the questions by conducting reliable and valid experiments.
 
You will learn how to represent data in tables and graphs as well as being critical of the nature of data and how it is collected.
 
You will develop rigorous recording skills; using pages of sources to supplement your own results and ideas, checking for bias, accuracy and reliability.
 
Where could the subject lead – career wise?
 
A great variety of careers including:
 
Astronomy :                       Dedicated to the science of celestial objects
Biochemistry :                   Dedicated to the study of chemical processes in living organisms
Clinical Research :            Clinical trials and research of new medical treatments
Developmental Biology :  The study of growth and development of the human body
Engineering :                     Field of technology and invention
Genetics :                           Science of heredity and variations in human body
Immunology :                    Biomedical science associated with the immune system
Neuroscience :                   Science of the nervous system
Pharmacology :                 Dedicated to the study of drugs on the human body
Veterinary Medicine :       Study of medicines required for treating animal diseases
Zoology :                            Dedicated to the study of animals
 
 
Homework
 
Homework is a critical part of our students’ progression; reinforcing learning in lessons, developing independent study skills and inspiring a love of science outside the classroom.
 
In Key Stage 3 the students will receive 2 pieces per week and in Key Stage 4 at least two hours of homework will be set each week.