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Welcome to the Science Department

 

Students at St Thomas More receive the highest quality of science education and are able to understand the world through a range of scientific disciplines. Students are actively encouraged to develop a sense of excitement, interest and curiosity about natural phenomena and the world around them.

 

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 & 8)

All students follow a curriculum that has been carefully designed to ensure that all students have the strongest foundations for their GCSE studies. Students in Year 7 & 8 have 4 Science lessons per week. Students learn a range of topics in biology, chemistry and physics and develop their scientific enquiry skills by planning and conducting practical activities.

 

Key Stage 4 (Year 9-11)

Students begin their GCSE studies for Science in Year 9 and follow the AQA course for either Triple Science or Combined Science: Triology. In Key Stage 4, all students have 5 Science lessons per week.

 

Triple Science

The AQA Triple Science GCSE course enables students to gain 3 separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The AQA Triple Science course is suited to more able students who have shown an aptitude for Science at Key Stage 3 and may wish to continue studying Science at A level or as part of the International Baccalaureate.

The course follows the new National Curriculum programme of study and provides an extremely thorough appreciation of the roles played by the three subjects in an increasingly technological and scientific world.

In May/June of Year 11, students sit 2 written examinations for each GCSE (6 in total) which are 1 hour 45 minutes.

There is no controlled assessment/coursework element for GCSE Biology, Chemistry or Physics but students will be expected to carry out a range of practical investigations as an integrated part of their learning.

 

Combined Science: Trilogy

The AQA Combined Science: Trilogy GCSE course enables students to gain 2 Science GCSEs. The course requires students to study areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 The course follows the new National Curriculum programme of study and provides an extremely thorough appreciation of the roles played by the three subjects in an increasingly technological and scientific world.

Students study GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy from Year 9 to Year 11. In June of Year 11, students sit 2 written examinations for each GCSE (6 in total) which are 1 hour 15 minutes.

 There is no controlled assessment/coursework element for GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy but students will be expected to carry out a range of practical investigations as an integrated part of their learning.

 

Future Opportunities

GCSEs in Science are an essential starting point for many Post-16 courses such as A Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science and GNVQ Health and Social Care. Science forms an important basis for many careers including those in the medical profession, research, forensic science, veterinary science, pharmacy, dentistry, engineering and sports science. Whilst studying Science, students also develop many transferable skills which will prove useful in a variety of other careers not directly linked to Science.

 

Extra Curricular

The Science Department provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities including study days at the Wellcome Collection in London, medical outreach days at King’s College London and school trips to various museums in London. Science Club runs during Friday lunch time and has proven to be extremely popular.