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"Fun and a Challenge! What more could you ask for?"The Science Department is a vibrant and enjoyable place to learn. As a subject, Science can be fun to study and will provide many challenges for pupils as they progress through the key stages. This is of great importance if we are to encourage our pupils to realise their full potential and push themselves to achieve their very best.

Assumption Grammar Science Department consists of nine full time teaching staff, four Biology, three Chemistry and two Physics. They also have the support of two science technicians who are on hand to oversee the management of the four preparation rooms which are spread out between the nine fully equipped science laboratories.

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Qualifications


It is crucial to have a balance between the fun and the more challenging aspects in Science and this theme runs through the Key Stage 3 course followed. We have extensive resources and support staff to call upon in order to ensure that the lessons are interactive and thought-provoking, encouraging the pupils to develop the desire to want to know more about Science and the world around. In the junior section of the school there are six periods of Science per week in Year 8 and four per week in Year 9. Year 10 consists of one double class per week of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In order to gauge the level of understanding throughout the course, the pupils are given practical tasks in the laboratory, regular and varied homework tasks and end of topic tests.
Science remains to be compulsory up to Year 12 at Assumption Grammar. At the end of Year 10 pupils choose one of the following:
1. A GCSE in all three of the sciences. These individual courses follow the CCEA specification and comprise both a controlled assessment task and written elements. 
2. The GCSE Double Award Science course, which also follows the CCEA specification. The final mark for the course will again be made up from controlled assessment tasks and written elements. 
3. Biology and Health and Social Care. This should only be taken by a pupil if she is certain she does not want to do an A Level Science. 
It should be noted that if a pupil is achieving good marks in Science and wants to continue studying more than one science at AS and A2 level, we would strongly recommend that they take on all three subjects at GCSE. If the pupil is content to have a broader scientific education and wants to keep her options open at AS and A2 level then Double Award is the advised option.

Click below for more information on you GCSE course:http://www.ccea.org.uk/general_science
http://www.ccea.org.uk/biology
http://www.ccea.org.uk/chemistry/
http://www.ccea.org.uk/physics
http://www.ccea.org.uk/hsc/

The final two years of study are split into AS in Year 13 and A2 in Year 14. Each pupil is taught for eight periods a week per subject in Year 13 and nine periods per week in Year 14, encompassing both theory and practical aspects.Biology, Chemistry and Physics follow CCEA at A level.

At Assumption Grammar, Science is taught by teachers who are specialists in their fields. They all have experience in preparing, equipping and inspiring their pupils to go into examinations and give of their best. The results over the years have been outstanding with the majority of our pupils continuing to study Science in further education with strong influence in fields such as medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

Past papers

Past Papers


Click below for examination papers from past years for the three sciences: Physics:

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/Physics/revised_gce/past_papers/index.asp Chemistry:

https://eiewebvip.edexcel.org.uk/pastpapers/?sid=z3ZTO0

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/chemistry/ Biology:

http://www.ccea.org.uk/biology/  Links of Interest


Yahoo News Top Science articles

http://news.yahoo.com/science  Careers In Chemistry


When it comes to job prospects, students aged between 11 and 19 have a lot of decisions to make. Subject choices. Work Experience. The best university for their plans.There's a good deal to think about - especially when a career in Chemistry is the ultimate goal.The new careers website provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry will provide a wealth of information to help students to make informed choices and feel confident about their future.It can help students to:

  • decide between university and vocational routes
  • pick the right course
  • explore genuine career paths with our job profiles
  • Visit www.rsc.org/careers/future.

 

Science Club

There is the opportunity for Year 8 and Year 9 pupils to meet after school on a Thursday afternoon with Mrs McVeigh, one of our dedicated Science staff members, to participate in Science Club.They carry out a variety of experiments and investigations which expand on the knowledge they have gained in the classroom. When the opportunities arise, the pupils get to take part in various inter-school competitions and go on scientific outings. Last year this included promoting the ‘Rethink Waste’ campaign, an initiative to eliminate ‘junk mail’ from students’ homes.  Due to the hard work of Science Club members and Biology Prefects in promoting the campaign, the school achieved an excellent response rate to this initiative.Science Club members have been successful in growing a wide range of plants and vegetables in the school’s greenhouse, supplying organic vegetables to the canteen. Students have also played a crucial role in maintaining biodiversity around the school grounds by establishing a wild-life garden, containing their hand-made bird feeders.The Science continues to be actively involved in maintaining the “Eco-schools” project.
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