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Science

The science department at Bishop Perowne College is taught by 7 specialist teachers supported by our dedicated technician team of 2. We have eight laboratories, all of which are specifically designed for the practical nature of science. 5 of these rooms have recently benefited from a £311,000.00 refit which has seen them fitted with fume cupboards, touch screen computers and visualisers. We also have a wide range of practical equipment available to us, stored within our two preparatory rooms. In addition to this, science is regularly used outside the classroom, where classes investigate the environment around the school. 

Statement of Work

KS3

The science department accelerates its programme of study for KS3 to cover all topics in a two year time frame. With the abolition of the SAT examinations, more emphasis can be put on the practical and functional aspects of science with a long term view to readying students for future science learning at GCSE and beyond. We follow a scheme of work designed to stimulate and inspire students through a series of exciting and interactive modules, aimed at developing student awareness of how science works in our world. 

KS4

Science is about investigating how the natural world works. The science department at Bishop Perowne College has developed a curriculum that is designed to engage students' interests at every level by providing relevant and inspiring academic content and practical opportunities to undertake scientific enquiry and learn about the scientific process.

Our GCSE science courses build on students' KS3 knowledge of science by studying specific scientific topics. There are 2 courses, both of which concluded with GCSE qualifications.

  1. Three GCSE's are taken in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
    • For each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics there are 2 papers assessing the content covered (each are 50% of a GCSE)
    • Duration: each exam paper is 1 hour 45 minutes in length.
    • Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
    • One number grades given per science – so 3 separate numbers.
  2. Two GCSE's are taken as part of Combined science.
    • Six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics (16.7% each of combined science number grade)
    • Duration: all the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.
    • Tiers: Foundation and Higher remains.
    • Grade will be a double number for the award of 'combined science'

At Bishop Perowne College we share the irresistible desire to make scientifically literate students of the future who are both curious and fascinated by the world that surrounds them and wish to pursue science to higher and further education and/or take up careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

Curriculum Overview

Science Yrs 7-11

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