Science is taught mostly through hands-on lessons. The emphasis is on a personal journey of exploration through relatable topics. The curriculum follows the National curriculum. There is an even spread of topics from Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and a focus on the skills and knowledge required for success at GCSE Science.
At Key Stage 4, the Science curriculum develops the ability to think scientifically and critically; this helps students to make informed decisions as adults. These include the ability to follow health and safety procedures and raise awareness of workplace hazards before students embark on work experience or their first job. They become familiar with the key characteristics of some commonly used equipment, and the correct use of some technical and scientific terminology, and they learn to make qualitative and quantitative observations and measurements in practical situations. All this provides a foundation for progression and employment in industries in the science sector.
Depending upon the level, units taught consist of:
- The Study of Living Systems
- Electronics in Action
- Concepts and Techniques for Chemistry
- Using Mathematics Tools in Science and Technology
- Forensic Detection.
Students will study towards the following qualifications based on their ability:
- GCSE Science
- Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Applied Science and Technology Award, Certificate or Diploma
- Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Applied Science and Technology Award, Certificate or Diploma
- Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Applied Science and Technology Award, Certificate or Diploma