All students study the course leading to triple award Science GCSE, a separate GCSE in each of the three Sciences. The specification followed is the OCR Gateway GCSE. The specification is designed to • Identify activities and experiences which will excite the interest of students. • Link these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. • Develop science explanations and theories. Full details of the assessment structure are given in the links above.
At the beginning of Year 9 students begin the GCSE courses in the sciences. The year group is divided into five mixed ability teaching groups, with students having one lesson each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics a week, with homework for each science
In Year 10 students continue the course leading to triple award science GCSEs. The five mixed ability groups from Year 9 continue into Year 10. Students have one lesson each of Chemistry and Physics a week, and two lessons a week of Biology. One homework is set for each science during the week. During this year students will undertake their controlled assessment in each of the sciences.
In year 11 students complete the course leading to triple award science GCSEs. The five mixed ability groups from Year 10 continue into Year 11. Students have two lessons each of Chemistry and Physics a week, and one lesson a week of Biology. One homework is set for each science during the week. In the summer of Year 10 students will take all of the exams for each of the science GCSEs.