How is Science a sacred subject?
Science enables us to plummet the mysteries of the mind of the Creator of the universe and inform our world view through a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all levels of creation. Scientific exploration and discovery help students to recognise their potential and responsibility through the development of humanity and the dependence on their ability to discern how to make the right choices. Science encourages students to respond to the big questions of the purpose and meaning of life as it works in collaboration with other disciplines within the curriculum.
In our department every individual matters. We provide a wide range of academic and applied courses to give each student the opportunity to succeed and to prepare fully for a world of work in which a Science qualification is increasingly important. Our committed team deliver many extra activities for all ages: science club, debates, competitions, trips, weekly support sessions and more. We have strong teams of specialist teachers in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Many of our sixth form students’ progress to study Science, Engineering or Medicine at Russell Group Universities. This usually includes several students at Oxford and/or Cambridge. Every year all of our Science results are amongst the best in York.
We teach a broad KS3 curriculum to mixed ability groups in years 7 and 8. Through years 9, 10 and 11 students progress through different routes to study for AQA exams: some study for three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics; others for Combined Science, receiving 2 GCSEs and a small cohort study Entry Level Certificate.
We have a large and successful A Level programme drawing students from across the city and further afield; this comprises of AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Extra Curricular Activities
KS3 lunchtime STEM Club, Y8 Olympiad Competition, Scientific Café debates (Upper School), Biology Field trip, Top of the Bench competition, Biology Olympiad and Chemistry Olympiad (Sixth Form), a wide range of events and competitions for Science Week as well as regular trips to University and further afield.
We have eight well equipped laboratories with four experienced, specialist technicians to support our teaching.
Sixth Form Student Voice
“I have studied Science in two other schools. This Science department is by far the best.”
Main Programmes of Study
We follow the National Curriculum to produce a general science programme covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics whilst also developing practical skills; details of this can be found here. This two year General Science course to lays the foundations for further study.
- Biology GCSE
- Chemistry GCSE
- Physics GCS
- Combined Science GCSE
- Entry Level Certificate
- AS Biology
- A2 Biology
- AS Chemistry
- A2 Chemistry
- AS Physics
- A2 Physics
Science Careers Website
Science GCSE Exam Board Website
Biology AQA Exam Board Website (AS & A Level)
Chemistry AQA Exam Board Website (AS & A Level)
Physics AQA Exam Board Website (AS & A Level)
BBC Bitesize Science GCSE
BBC Bitesize Science KS3
How to Revise Science