Key Stage 3
Through year 7 to 9 students cover the National Curriculum in Science to develop skills and understanding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The specific topics can be found in the DCHS Science @ KS3 document.
Key Stage 4
During KS4 students can study AQA Combined Science: Trilogy or AQA Biology, Chemistry or Physics GCSE. Studying three GCSE’s in Science in an option choice that students make in year 9. The topic teaching order for these routes can be found in the DCHS Science @ KS4 document.
Key Stage 5
See specific pages for Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Through all year groups students answer longer answer questions that are supported using a level ladder and assessed using the whole school assessment strategy (*EBI→ areas of strength and opportunity for development with time to make improvements).
Each topic is tested using exam style questions where some questions require retrieval of knowledge from previous topics in the year or previous year of study.
Each GCSE is assessed in formal exams in May/June of year 11. All students do 6 exams; 2 each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. GCSE Combined Science exams are 1 hour 15m. GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics exams are 1 hour 45m.
Resources to Support Learning
The BBC Bitesize website is a fantastic resource for Science. The following links take you directly to the relevant pages for each year group and course.
Studying Science gives students a wide range of transferable skills that employers look for in potential candidates. The Science Industry is expanding to deliver the needs of today and the future. There will continue to be a demand for a skilled Science workforce.
Students take part in Science careers lessons during careers week and link their learning to the work of real scientists.
Non-graduate routes into STEM careers- https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch