Science is delivered to all pupils in the school. Our aim is to deliver a programme that is as hands on as possible and relevant to all pupils' abilities and interests.
Junior classes (Years 8 - 10) have a broad-based programme that is taught in modules. The pupils are formally assessed at the end of Key Stage 3. The topics taught are:
Year 8: Measurement, Magnets, Senses, Living Things, Materials, Electricity, The Skeleton and Colour.
Year 9: Separating Substances, Light, Digestion, Dissolving, Chemical Reactions, Acids, Life Cycles, Solids/Liquids/Gases and Breathing.
Year 10: Light, Sound, Cells, Acids, Space, Microbes, Heat Movement, Forces, Energy and Ecology.
Senior classes (Years 11 & 12) are all offered the opportunity to study for a formal qualification in science . The pupils follow either the courses for a Certificate of Achievement in Science or NI GCSE Single Award Science.
The Certificate of Achievement in Science caters to Level 3 and gives the pupils the chance to study a balanced programme in areas that interest them. It is a very pupil-friendly, practical-based course.
GCSE has proved to be a very successful course with those taking it. 85% of pupils leave with Grades C - E and a significant proportion achieve the top grade.