Science is a vibrant and thriving department in school and attracts high numbers of students to stay on and study at ‘A’ level.
DCHS Science Department
The department is made up of enthusiastic, committed and hard-working members of staff.
We offer a range of qualifications at Key Stage 4 and 5 in addition to a variety of extra-curricular activities for students of all ages and opportunities to enrich the curriculum by taking students on academic trips and visits.
The department offers all three sciences at both AS and A2 level.
A-level Biology Students at Ford Castle.
In addition we now offer a level 3 BTEC in Applied Science (equivalent to AS and A2 qualifications) which offers an alternative style of learning and assessment for students who wish to study science beyond key stage 4 but for who traditional A-levels do not necessarily appeal.
Many of our A-level students go on to successfully study for science related degrees, including Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, at University.
OCR 21st Century GCSE Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as offered as individual subjects - excellent preparation for ‘A’ Level science subjects and ideal for those students with a real interest in the sciences.
Natural History Museum Visit.
Alternatively students are able to follow a course of study which gains them a GCSE in OCR 21st Century core science. This modular course covers all three science areas and provides a good base of skills and knowledge on which to build with the course that follows. After completing the Core Science GCSE students following this route move onto working towards a level 2 BTEC diploma in Applied science.
The BTEC course presents science in a more life-based context with theoretical knowledge being linked throughout the year to work and community based scenarios and the production of a portfolio of evidence for assessment. This course does not have any examination element but is assessed entirely through the portfolio evidence.
The department strives to offer students as many opportunities as possible to experience and enjoy science beyond the classroom.
Data Collection on Holy Island
We run a number of activities and trips each year including entries in the annual Chemistry Quiz against other schools in the county, Gifted and Talented trips to see visiting lectures give inspiring talks at the Centre for Life in Newcastle and revision conferences to support exam preparation.
We also successfully support our 6th form programme of study with visits to universities, businesses and field trips that enhance their classroom learning.
The aims of the Department are:
1. To develop a body of scientific knowledge and an understanding of science including its power and limitations.
2. To develop experimental and investigative skills.
3. To develop an understanding of the nature of scientific ideas and appreciate that theories may change over a period of time.
4. To develop an understanding of the technological and environmental applications of science and of the economic, ethical and social implications of these.
5. To develop an enjoyment and interest in science.
The success of the department lies in a commitment to high expectations of everyone and close support for students throughout their studies. Students are also encouraged to take part in a range of visits, trips and extra-curricular opportunities in order to enhance their studies.