Science Department

‘Equipped with his 5 senses, man explores the universe around him and calls it Science’
Edwin Powell Hubble
 
Science has never been more relevant in our everyday lives, from discovering and developing new medicines and vaccines, to enabling us to grow the crops that find their way to our plates and how our bodies work. The impact of Science on our communities has been massive.

At Coleraine College we endeavour to nurture inquisitive, knowledgeable and scientifically literate problem solvers who are well equipped to unravel life’s many mysteries.
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Key Stage 3

At KS3, all pupils have 5 sessions per fortnight of general Science. We cover a range of topics across the 3 sciences within years 8-10 including:
 
  • Cells and Living Things
  • Forces
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Growing Up
  • Waves
  • Atomic Structure

Key Stage 4

Single Award Science – CCEA
This broad, practical course can help students appreciate the value of science while preparing them for related vocational studies or the world of work. This specification is modular and at Coleraine College we do external exams in February of Year 11, November of Year 12 and May of Year 12. There is also an assessed practical element worth 25% of the overall grade. Pupils gain 1 GCSE grade for Single Award Science.
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Assessment

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Double Award Science – CCEA

Double Award Science specification is a broad and coherent course that develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the material, physical and living worlds. Students develop their observational and problem-solving skills in the laboratory and during fieldwork. Practical science is a key part of this specification; students carry out 18 prescribed practicals during the course.
 
At Coleraine College we follow the modular course and pupils will sit 3 exams at the end of Year 11 and the rest at the end of Year 12. Pupils gain two GCSEs for completing Double Award Science.
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