Department Overview

The science department offers courses at KS3 which deliver a national programme of study in preparation for studies at KS4 where GCSE and qualifications in Combined Science and separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied. At KS5 A-level courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and a BTEC Applied General level 3 in Applied Science have proved both popular and successful.

Our Aims

  • Develop and maintain students' interest in Science and related disciplines.
  • Develop in our students a wide and relevant body of scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • Help students to develop investigative skills across Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Continue to develop both literacy and numeracy within a scientific context.
  • Develop transferable skills such as problem solving within our students.

Accomodation and Resources

The Science department is mainly based in 8 new purpose-built Labs G1 - G7 and a sixth form lab with NAWIS gas and electric facilities in 5 of these. There is also an A-level laboratory, the use of which is shared between Cardinal Heenan and Broughton Hall, which also has NAWIS facilities. There are 2 science preparation rooms and a shared preparation area for use by teachers and technicians.

All laboratories benefit from state of the art Promethean interactive boards and 2 of these are apple enabled. The Science department also has access to 45 laptops for use solely within Science lessons. Practical equipment is well maintained by our experienced technicians and covers most standard practical's and topics.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 and 8 follow theme based units of work covering the National Curriculum Science programme of study. Assessment is via tests at the end of each half-term and an end of year exam. Year 9 begin AQA science Trilogy and separate sciences GCSE courses. Assessment is again via end of topic tests.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 students either study for a double GCSE qualification in AQA Science Trilogy (100% examined) or for three separate Science GCSE's in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Key Stage 5

In years 12 and 13 students enjoy quality teaching and learning towards AQA A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics .In Year 13 students study for an A-level in applied Science and in year 12 for an Applied General Science qualification. Students studying A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics typically have grades 6 or better in GCSE qualifications in Science and in Maths.

Extra-curricular Activities

Intervention classes in Science are offered both after school and during lunch times to KS3/KS4 and KS5 students. There is also a Science KS4 drop in clinic available to all year 10 and year 11 students on Wednesdays 3.05 - 4.00. KS3 students enjoy investigative work done within a STEM club run after school. There are also intervention and general preparation classes at KS5 in all subjects.

Most Science teachers are available after school Monday to Friday and many students make use of this time to ask specific questions, to complete or improve work or just to develop specific interests.

More information about our department

The introduction of the new National Curriculum and the number of changes to the Science curriculum nationally at both KS3 and KS4 means that changes to the methodology and content of the science provision in Broughton Hall over the next year are certain. At all times the Science Department will endeavour to implement these changes in a way that most benefits the pupils of Broughton Hall.

For more information please contact Mr Roberts on 0151 541 9440.

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