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Science attempts to explain the world we live in. Scientists carry out investigations and collect evidence in order to:

  • Explain phenomena (how and why things happen)
  • Solve problems

Scientific knowledge and understanding can lead to the development of new technologies which have a huge impact on society and the environment.


Science is essential for many occupations. A GCSE in science shows evidence to employers of someone who has good thinking skills ability to manage information and work with others. The career avenues of medicines, engineering, communications, environment and material manufacturing may well require qualifications in science. There are many other careers where science qualifications are indirectly beneficial as evidence of logical thinking, and as an awareness of the world around us.



To a scientist the world is full of questions just waiting to be answered.

Key Stage 3

In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils study topics from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and gain confidence and competence in a range of essential practical skills.

Key Stage 4

Pupils have the option of either studying CCEA Double Award or Single Award Science. Some pupils study CCEA Occupational Studies Horticulture.



Double Award Science

This examination is aimed at able candidates who may wish to take ‘A’ levels in any of the three Science subjects.

The course is comprised of 6 units, altogether worth 75%.  The remaining 25% is for practical skills.
 Each tier of entry is aimed at a particular level of ability.  GCSE grades will be awarded as follows:

Foundation Tier: C*C* - GG

Higher Tier: A*A* - DD.  Candidates are awarded a pair of grades which are equivalent to two GCSEs.

Horticulture: Caring for Plants and Flowers

Horticulture – This specification is designed to develop practical skills with some written components.  It is particularly suitable for those considering careers in horticultural industries e.g. floristry, organic/market gardening etc

Practical Activities