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Teaching Staff:
  • Mrs C Stewart (Head of Department)

  • Mrs K Simpson (KS3 Co-ordinator)

  • Miss L McBride

  • Mrs L Anderson (Technical Support)

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known"

Carl Sagan

We all experience science daily: whether it is breathing, cooking or driving a car.  

Studying science helps explain these and many other interactions and also brings with it great career opportunities in industry and commerce. 


Ks3 Topics

Science aims to stimulate pupils’ curiosity and enthusiasm to develop a sense of wonder in Science.  
In Year 8 – 10, pupils are taught combined science for 6 periods across the fortnight.  
Our program follows the Northern Ireland Revised curriculum and allows pupils to develop their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.  
Year 8 

Starting Science





Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Body Systems


Year 9 

Maths Skills

Acids and Alkalis



Health and Lifestyle


Chemical Reactions

Sound and Light

Year 10 

Maths Skills

Separating Techniques

Electricity and Magnetism

The Periodic Table

Motion and Pressure

Ecosystem Processes

Metals and Acids

Adaptation and Inheritance


At Key Stage 4 we offer CCEA Double Award Science.  This course allows pupils to develop their knowledge in all three science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The course is modular, meaning that pupils will sit external examinations throughout both Year 11 and 12.  Pupils will receive two GCSE grades at the end of the course.

GCSE Science Double Award (2017) | CCEA


Some pupils may study OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science.  This is a more vocational course with no external examinations.  It is assessed entirely by portfolio work, which is on-going across the two years.  Pupils will receive either a Pass or a Fail grade.  A pass grade is equivalent to a GCSE Grade B.

OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science | OCN NI


At Post-16 we cater for all abilities and styles of learner, offering traditional academic A Level courses, alongside more vocational, applied courses.  All programs have a focus on developing practical, investigative and problem-solving skills, ensuring that pupils are ready to meet the challenges of the world of work. 

GCE Life and Health Sciences

CCEA GCE Life and Health Sciences prepares pupils for the growing life and health sciences sector in Northern Ireland.

Life and health science related industries make up over 25% of Northern Ireland’s total economic output and include a diverse range of public and private businesses and employment opportunities, including pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural, dental, nursing, environmental and allied health professions.

This specification is available as a Single Award qualification (one A’ level) or a Double Award qualification (two A’ levels).

The units studied are as follows:

Single Award:

  • Unit AS 1: Experimental Techniques

  • Unit AS 2: Human Body Systems

  • Unit AS 3: Aspects of Physical Chemistry in Industrial Processes

  • Unit A2 1: Scientific Method, Investigation, Analysis and Evaluation

  • Unit A2 2: Organic Chemistry

  • Unit A2 3: Medical Physics

Double Award:

As above, plus

  • Unit AS 4: Brain Science

  • Unit AS 5: Material Science

  • Unit AS 6: Medicine, Drugs and Clinical Trials

  • Unit A2 4: Sound and Light

  • Unit A2 7: Oral Health and Dentistry

  • Unit A2 9: Analytical Chemistry Techniques

GCE Life and Health Sciences (2016) | CCEA


Pupils can also study the following Post-16 courses in conjunction with Cross and Passion College:

GCE Biology:

GCE Biology (2016) | CCEA


GCE Chemistry:

GCE Chemistry (2016) | CCEA


GCE Physics:

GCE Physics (2016) | CCEA


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science:

BTEC Nationals | Applied Science (2016) | Pearson qualifications

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