"I believe there are no questions that science can't answer" - Stephen Hawking
Science is a dynamic and vibrant area of study. It covers a huge range of human knowledge, but, at its core, science is an investigative subject. Students thrive on discovering something new and answering big questions. This is why Biology, Chemistry and Physics are such popular subjects.
Science lessons are usually planned around a practical task, and the faculty has excellent new laboratories and equipment to help facilitate the students’ learning. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, such as, Science Club and there are a number of events during the year to support the budding young scientists.
Towards the end of Year 9 students are offered a choice of Key Stage 4 Science courses based on their ability and attainment. Current Year 9 students will be studying for a new specification for GCSE. The majority of students will study for Combined Science GCSE. The qualification is worth two GCSEs. The more able students are offered the opportunity to study for separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (worth three GCSEs).
Combined Science GCSE (equivalent to two GCSEs) Students have 10 lessons per fortnight.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE (Separate Sciences) Students have 12 lessons per fortnight.
AQA exam board
Example subject content
1. Cell biology
3. Infection and response
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources
22. Magnetism and electromagnetism
23. Particle model of matter
24. Atomic structure
Outside the classroom
Science week coincides with National Science and Engineering week. The event involves all students and staff in the school. Everyday there is a daily quiz and Science humour. There are a variety of activities; Outside STEM speakers, visits outside school, experiments, internet chats with Scientists. These take place in science lessons and at lunchtime.
Science leaders. Students from year 8 to 13 help the science department especially with the weekly Science club, Science week and school events such as prospective parents evenings.
Trips: Regular trips include - Visit the London wetlands; Imperial College; Middlesex University; Kings College; Science museum; Natural History Museum and London Zoo.
Progression pathways and careers
Science can open up a range of career opportunities
Students who achieve B grades in Double or Triple Science GCSEs, can choose to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics A levels.
Mr Francis Joseph, Head of Faculty JosephF@hendonschool.co.uk