The world and our society are constantly changing as new scientific discoveries are made and new problems encountered; science is the key to understanding these. At the heart of science lies ‘the scientific method’, which teaches us to critically investigate the world around us and explain our findings. Science encourages young people to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
Science in Year 7 and Year 8
In Key Stage 3, students follow the ‘Exploring Science’ scheme of work until the end of Year 8. This course provides students with a course that mirrors the new GCSE specification. We look at progress at the end of Key Stage 3 to decide on the best route through Key Stage 4.
Science at Key Stage 4
From Year 9 onwards, students follow a combined science or separate science route.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) Combined Science
Link: GCSE Combined Science
This route follows a mixed programme of biology, chemistry and physics and leads to two qualifications in combined science.
Separate science is the more demanding route and prepares students for study at A Level and beyond. The course includes detailed study of biology, chemistry and physics courses, leading to a separate GCSE in each subject.
- For an overview of science at Ridgeway High School, check out pages 4 and 5 of the February 2019 Ridgeway New Times.
- Click to read about our STEM science enrichment day in October 2018.
- Click to read about the STEM challenge for Year 8 girls in April 2018.