Super User People keep saying "science doesn't know everything!" Well, science knows' it doesn't know everything; otherwise it would stop. Dara Ó Briain, Dara Ó Briain: Live at the Theatre Royal (2006) Staff Mr P. Conlon – Head of Department and Chemistry Mr Conlon is assisted by a Physics specialist and a Biology specialist. Both teach KS3 and GCSE Science, and specialise post-16. Resources 4 Fully Furnished Laboratories 2 Prep Rooms Greenhouse 6 Raised Vegetable Beds + - KS3 Click to collapse A completely new scheme of work based on the Northern Ireland Curriculum is currently being phased into Key Stage 3. Stage 3. This addresses the key elements of Personal Health, Citizenship. Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. Pupils take part in activities which enable them to develop the skills of Managing Information, Thinking, Decision Making and Problem Solving, Being Creative, Self-Management and Working with Others. Students use Science Pathways text books throughout Key Stage 3 and are usually provided with a booklet for the topic they are studying. Classes are set according to ability from information sent by the Primary School Principal. A system of continuous assessment is operated throughout the year by use of end of topic tests. There is the possibility of movement of students between classes as a result of their performance in the Christmas and Summer exams. Practical work and investigations are a major part of the curriculum. The department endeavour to make the classes fun, interesting but always safe! + - KS4 Click to collapse The Science department offer both Double and Single Award Science. CCEA GCSE Science Double Award is a two year unitised course. This course covers physics, chemistry and biology and is the equivalent of 2 GCSE qualifications. There are 3 separate units in physics, chemistry and biology sat in Year 11and 3 more at the end of Year 12. Student must also complete 2 controlled assessment tasks. CCEA GCSE Science Single Award is a two year unitised course. This course covers physics, chemistry and biology and is the equivalent of 1 GCSE qualification. There are 3 separate units in physics, chemistry and biology sat over the 2 years. Student must also complete 1 controlled assessment task. + - A Level Click to collapse CCEA A Level Biology Requirements To be successful of this A Level you must have studied Double Award Science to Higher level. Students who have gained at least a grade BB appear to find the course more manageable. However each student is reviewed individually. Course Details The subject content of AS/A2 Biology is divided into 6 modules over two years. At AS level there are 2 exam papers (AS1: Molecules and Cells, AS2: Organisms and Biodiversity) each worth 40% of the AS and an internal assessment consisting of 2 practical tasks. Each task will involve an experimental test of a prediction provided by your teacher; this is the final 20%. At A2 level there are 2 exam papers (A21: Physiology and Ecosystems, A22: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends) each worth 40% of the A2 and an internal assessment in which you will undertake a practical investigation, this is worth 20%. There are 2 exam papers and 1 piece of internally assessed coursework. CCEA A Level Chemistry Requirements To be successful of this A Level you must have studied Double Award Science to Higher level. Students who have gained at least a grade BB appear to find the course more managable. However each student is reviewed individually. Course Details The subject content of AS/A2 Chemistry is divided into 6 modules over two years. At AS level there are 2 exam papers each worth 35% of the AS and an internal assessment worth 30% and consisting of 2 practical tasks and a planning task. At A2 level there are 2 exam papers each worth 40% of the AS and an internal assessment worth 20% and consisting of a planning exercise and practical activities. A Level Physics + - Extracurricular Click to collapse Students are given the opportunity to participate in Field Trips. Students may undertake some horticulture as part of their Key Stage 3 curriculum, this includes using the greenhouse and planting and tending to the raised beds.