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Science

The Science Department at Prospect School is the largest and one of the most successful departments in the school. Currently it is housed in 10 purpose built laboratories and 2 preparation areas.

All Science staff at Prospect School are committed to providing a balanced science education to students of all abilities, from age 11 years to age 18 years. Every student receives a thorough and rounded education in Science and is given encouragement to succeed to his or her potential. The department comprises 10 teaching staff and 3 technicians. The staff work as a team and carry out responsibilities across the department.

Key Stage 3 Science (Years 7 & 8)

National Curriculum Science, based on the “Science Works” Schemes of Work, is taught to all students at Key Stage 3 and includes all science disciplines Biology, Chemistry and Physics elements. 

Courses offered at Key Stage 4

The courses offered at GCSE are as follows:

A significant number will study the three separate science courses of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, leading to a separate grade for each of these three. This will be an accelerated course and therefore offered to higher achievers at KS3.

All other students will study either Science A and then an Additional Science, leading to separate GCSE qualifications in each. Or 2 BTEC Firsts in Applied Sciences.

The combined Science route, in addition to covering the core material as specified in the National Curriculum for Science, encourages students to develop investigative skills in a number of areas. These skills include planning, analysing, evaluating, problem solving and communicating. For the Applied Science courses students study similar content but also cover how Science is applied in the real world.

All options are practically-based and students learn through experiment. In addition there will be numerous opportunities to appreciate the everyday applications of the issues which are being studied. The use of ICT will be integral to the delivery of these courses at all levels.

Assessment Details:

NB these may be subject to change following a government review

Science A

  • 3 Terminal exams at the end of Year 11 (objective style questions) 75%
  • Coursework Assessment during Year 10 25%

Additional Science

  • 3 Terminal exams at the end of Year 11(objective style questions) 75%
  • Coursework Assessment during Year 11 25%

BTEC Principles of Applied Science

  • 1 Unit test assessed in either Y10 or 11 depending on the readiness of students 25%
  • Coursework portfolio 75%

BTEC Applications of Applied Science

  • 1 Unit test in Y11 25%
  • Coursework portfolio 75%

Details of Exam specifications and web links:

GCSEs

Science A (AQA 4405) | External Webpage
Additional Science (AQA 4408) | External Webpage
Biology (AQA 4401) | External Webpage
Chemistry (AQA 4402) | External Webpage
Physics (AQA 4403) | External Webpage

BTECs

BTEC First in Applied Sciences (Edexcel) | External Webpage

Courses offered at Key Stage 5

Again at Key Stage 5 students can study any of the separate sciences; Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with these courses being very popular with sixth form students. Further details for each course can be found in the sixth form prospectus.

Biology (AQA 2410) | External Webpage
Chemistry (AQA 2420) | External Webpage
Physics (AQA 2450) | External Webpage