The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
All students at the McKee follow the KS3 Science programme of study. The students will use Oxford Science books Activate 1 and 2 to help them to study a wide variety of scientific knowledge that will help to prepare them for success at GCSE level. Practical skills in science are important and students will carry out practical experiments regularly during their science lessons.
KS4 students follow the AQA Science A GCSE course. This enables students who join us in year 11 to gain a single Science GCSE qualification. Students who are at the McKee for years 10 and 11 are also given the option to go on to complete a second GCSE in Additional Science.
Each of the GCSE science qualifications consists of three 1 hour written papers. One paper each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These are taken at the end of the course and each carry 25% of the available marks. The remaining 25% is an Investigative Skills Assignment which is carried out in school under close supervision. This is marked by the teacher and moderated by the exam board.