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Science

The science department at Mount Carmel is very well resourced with relatively newly built spacious and airy laboratories.

Students undertake a program of work that develops their investigative skills.

The discovery of scientific principles through practical investigation is also a key part of the work that students undertake in the science laboratories.

Students will be trained to develop ideas about how the world works, to test these ideas and to analyse and interpret the results of experiments. They are trained to think of the best way to investigate problems, how to manage the risk in an experiment and how to use results to form new ideas.

We believe that the thinking and investigative skills that students develop as they study science are essential for success in a modern society. As well as preparing students for formal examinations, we aim to equip them with the problem solving attributes that employers prize so highly.

What can the subject prepare me for?

The skills and attributes of a scientist are in great demand by employers.

  • GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science at B grade or above allows students to study science at A level and then to go on to university.
  • Any student who is considering going into the Medical, Dental, Veterinary or Pharmaceutical professions will need good grades at GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science.
  • College courses in the trades are increasingly, preferring students with science GCSE’s in their achievements.
  • Courses such as Childcare, Salon services etc. also highly value science qualifications.

Resources available

  • We have six fully equipped and modern science laboratories backed up by an excellent team of technicians.
  • All laboratories have interactive whiteboards throughout
  • We have a dedicated suite of personal computers within the department
View - Science Schemes of Learning

KS3 curriculum

The curriculum we follow at KS3 is based on the Exploring Science curriculum which has been adapted to ensure that it fully covers the current National Curriculum for Science.

  • Biology – Cells and organisms, the human body, how organisms fit into the environment and diet and healthy living.
  • Chemistry – Chemical reactions, acids and alkalis, solids liquids and gases, the reactions and uses of metals and how chemicals can affect the environment.
  • Physics – The earth and space, forces and motion, electrical circuits, energy, magnets and electromagnets.

KS4 curriculum

At KS4 all pupils follow AQA GCSE Core Science in Year 10 and the majority of pupils then go on to study AQA GCSE Additional Science in Year 11.

What qualities do I need to make a success of this subject?

  • You need an enquiring mind to ask questions about the world around you.
  • You need to be organised to make sure everything is understood well and all work is completed to deadlines.
  • You need tenacity and a willingness not to give up when topics become difficult.
  • You need self-discipline to make sure that you focus on your work
  • You need confidence to ask questions of people around you and not be afraid to make mistakes.
  • You need to be reflective to think about how things could be improved.
  • You need a good imagination to think of alternative uses for things or different ways things can be done.
  • You need to be able to work well as part of a team as well as on your own.

How will the subject be assessed?
At Key Stage Three, assessment is on-going by the means of end of topic tests. A formal examination is sat at the end of each year.

At Key Stage Four, assessment is on-going by the means of AQA approved end of topic assessments. Formal assessment is through the AQA examination board.

AQA GCSE Core Science –

  • Core science is assessed by coursework and three external examinations in June of Year 10 for the majority of pupils.
  • A small cohort of pupils dependent upon need, complete AQA GCSE Core Science over two years and are assessed by coursework and three external examinations in May of Year 11.

AQA GCSE Additional Science –

  • Additional Science is assessed by coursework and three external examinations in May of Year 11.