Science

Subject Overview

The Science Department has four laboratories, an ICT suite as well as a number of associated ‘prep’ rooms, all contained in a purpose built block.

The department is continuously developing ideas and resources to make its lessons both informative and stimulating.

Key Stage 3

Year 8 - Topics studied

  • Introduction to Science

  • Cells

  • Energy

  • Acids & Alkalis

  • Variation

  • Classification & Environment

  • Plant & Animal reproduction

  • Forces & their effects

  • Solutions & Particles

  • Simple Chemical Reactions

  • Solar System

Year 9 - Topics studied

  • Electrical Circuits

  • Food & Digestion

  • Atoms

  • Elements

  • Compounds & mixtures

  • Heating & Cooling

  • Respiration & Circulation

  • Magnets & Electromagnets

  • Microbes & Disease

  • Light & Sound

  • Ecological Relationships

Department Staff

Mrs R Murphy (Head of Department)

Miss S Bellew

Mrs S O’Hara

Mr J McAuley

Mr B Morgan

Miss C Meaney – Science Technician

Year 10 - Topics studied

  • Plants & Photosynthesis

  • Metal Compounds & Patterns of Reactivity

  • Speed

  • Energy & Electricity

  • Inheritance & Selection

  • Pressure & Moments

  • Using Chemistry

  • Environmental Chemistry

  • Health

Key Stage 3 Extra Curricular Activities /Trips/Industry links

 

In Year 10 all pupils are given to opportunity to attend the ‘Chemical Reactions’ workshop in W5, Odyssey, Belfast.

 

Key Stage 4

3 courses are delivered in years 11 and 12

 

CCEA – Single Award Science: Comprised of 4 units, each worth 25%.

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Practical Skills

 

CCEA – Double Award Science:

  • Year 11 modules (11% each)

    • B1 – Cells and Living Processes

    • C1 – Structures, Trends and chemical reactions. Quantative chemistry and analysis

    • P1 – Motion, Force Moments, energy, Density, Kinetic Theory, Radioactivity

 

  • Year 12 modules (14% each)

    • B2 – Body system, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health

    • C2 – Further chemical reactions, Rayes & Equilibrium, Calculations and organic chemistry.

    • P2 – Waves, light Electricity, Magnetisma and space physics

    • Unit 7 – Practical Skills unit – 25% - 3 practical and 3 written papers

 

OCN – Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science (Equivalent to a B grade at GCSE)

This course is an entirely portfolio based qualification. The qualification is delivered over 2 years and has 3 core units:

  • Physical Processes

  • Life Processes & Living Things

  • Materials and their chemical properties

Employability/job opportunities/further study

  • Laboratory Technician

  • Science Teacher

  • Nurse

  • Health Care Assistant

  • Midwife

Key Stage 4 Extra Curricular Activities/Trips/Industry links

Year 11 and Year 12 pupils always attend workshops during Northern Ireland Science week. Historically these events have included: Women in Science hosted by Belfast Met and Criminology and Scientific analysis in the SRC

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