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Our vision for all pupils is as follows:
Have access to the science curriculum.
Appreciate the relevance of science to themselves, community and environment.
Have knowledge, understanding and skills required by the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
Develop positive attitudes and appreciate the contribution science makes to society and realise that applying science can lead to moral and ethical issues.
Find science enjoyable and challenging.
Understand key scientific concepts and use scientific methods of investigation to become competent problem solvers.
Have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) career choices at all levels.
The department makes a wide use of both ICT and data loggers to carry out a range of investigations from Year 8 – Year 14. We also make use of the outside classroom and have visits to relevant organisations and science sites, including the “clay-pits” and sea shore.
The department received a “Very Good” rating in a focused inspection in January 2013 from ETI.
KEY STAGE 3
KS3 classes follow a diverse and interesting range of topics linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum. In years 8, 9 and 10 the pupils follow a course that covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which provides a solid foundation for GCSE science in the college.
KEY STAGE 4 (GCSE)
At KS4 pupils are offered a diverse choice of subjects that will allow them to progress to study science at KS5 and also at degree level.
There are two options at GCSE: Double Award (Modular) or Single Award Science (Modular). Both follow the CCEA specification. Students are advised by departmental staff in year 10 to aid decision-making.
Double Award GCSE: Students are taught by two teachers. They sit two modules in February and June of Year 11. Coursework is taught throughout the two year course.
Single Award GCSE: Students are taught by one teacher and sit the first module in February of Year 11 with the second and third module in Year 12.
At KS5 the pupils have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics within Applied Science GCE. This course is provided by OCR and allows pupils to progress to a variety of higher education opportunities.
The course outline is as follows:
Science at Work (Portfolio)
Analysis at Work (Portfolio)
Monitoring and analysing the human body (Examined Unit)
Investigating a scientist work (Portfolio)
Synthesising organic chemicals (Portfolio)
Sampling, testing and processing (Examined Unit)
Throughout years 13 and 14 the pupils have opportunities to participate in a wide range of field trips and receive information from the world of science from STEM ambassadors who come to college and offer a wealth of knowledge on science in the work place.
Throughout KS3 pupils can attend Science club and Environmental club.
Mr K Mr Debbadi
Ms J Attwood
Mrs L Montgomery
Mrs L Hagans
Mrs S Law
Mrs J Baird
Mrs J Wickens
Head of Department
People with a science education are employed in a wide range of careers. People who have scientific qualifications are in high demand, and science qualifications prepare them for a wide variety of careers both in science and beyond. Science qualifications give you access to a vast range of careers from astronomy to zoology and from marine biology to journalism. By continuing to study science you will keep many career opportunities open to you.
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