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"
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.
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.
Atoms, Elements and Compounds
Acids and Alkalis
Health and Lifestyle
Sound and Light
Electricity and Magnetism
The Periodic Table
Motion and Pressure
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.
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.
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:
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
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
Pupils can also study the following Post-16 courses in conjunction with Cross and Passion College:
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science: