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Staff

Mrs J Taggart (Head of Department)
Mr A Cathcart (Senior Assistant/STEM Co-ordinator)
Mrs L Murphy
Mr P Mercer
Mr R Campbell
Mr J Livingstone
Mr P Gormley (Technician)

KS3

Students at Key Stage 3 receive a broad and balanced science education building on the knowledge they have gained in primary school.  Using the Heinemann text books, the girls study units in physics, chemistry and biology covering topics as diverse as Earth and Space, Microbes and Chemical Reactions.  A range of teaching methods are employed but with the emphasis on a practical approach with lots of hands on investigations and experimentation.

KS4

At Key Stage 4 students follow the CCEA Double Award or the Single Award GCSE. The specification presents biology, chemistry and physics in separate teaching and learning units and is suitable for learners with a range of abilities whether they intend to study science further or not.

In addition to a CCEA text book, a wide range of material has been developed by Science department staff to support the students learning including practice papers and revision guides.

Post 16

Students study the CCEA Double or Single Award Life and Health Sciences A-Level.  This is a  GCE A-Level and can be used to support entry to further and higher education.  The course is also designed to meet the needs of those students who are considering a career in the health care professions.

Students in the programme have gone on to study subjects at university such as Optometry, Biomedical Science, Nursing, Radiography, Computer Science and Psychology amongst many others.  This is due to the broad spectrum of modules covered by the A-Level course which equips the students with the transferable skills required to cope with university life.

Double Award Science student will complete 12 units over two years.  Single Award students will complete 6 units over two years.


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