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 Trilogy GCSE course. This enables students to gain two GCSE’s in Science at grades 9-1.The students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and this Combined Science qualification gives students the option to progress to A-levels in Science or other related subjects.
Practical Science is an important part of the GCSE, with 21 practicals required to be taught, but opportunities for experiments to be carried out are given wherever possible.
As this qualification is linear it means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the two year course. There are six exams, two each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.