Science FacultyScience Faculty

The science department at CCHS consists of eleven fully equipped laboratories which enables us to give students the opportunity to experience hands-on science. The department is currently undergoing a programme of modernisation and many of the labs are brand new with the remaining labs to be updated in due course. The Science team at CCHS is made up of experienced, enthusiastic and innovative teachers who work hard to ensure the success of each and every student.

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Science at Key Stage 3
In Science we run a two year Key Stage 3 programme covering a wide range of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as directed by the national curriculum. Students also learn key scientific experimental skills and have many opportunities to take part in practical investigations in our fully equipped labs. This programme is designed to build on knowledge gained at Key Stage 2 as well as to prepare students for Key Stage 4 courses.
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Science at Key Stage 4

At CCHS we offer 2 routes for KS4 study. GSCE Separate Sciences (Triple Science) allows students to gain three GCSE grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This route provides excellent preparation for the A-level science courses we offer in KS5. Alternatively, students will study a Double Award GCSE in Combined Science. This allows students to gain two GCSE grades in science through the study of all three science subjects. We currently follow the new AQA 9-1 specifications for both routes. Science GCSE’s are examined through six exams; two biology, two chemistry and two physics, all sat in the summer of year 11. Study in science can be supported at home by the use of our online learning resources ‘Doddle’ and GCSEPod, which have proved popular in recent years.

Science FacultyScience at Key Stage 5
CCHS offers all three sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at AS and A level. These courses are all assessed by terminal exams. The A level courses also include a set of standard practical activity groups; these are sets of 12 required practical’s. The competency of the practical work is assessed as a pass or fail and is reported alongside the grade, but does not directly affect the grade outcome.
CCHS also offers Level 3 BTEC extended certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to 1 A level). This course covers content from all three sciences; it is assessed by moderated coursework, external exams and practical exam components. All of our Key Stage 5 Science courses have proved extremely popular over recent years; they open doors to a wide range of university courses. In previous years out Science students have accessed higher education courses from medicine and nursing, to Law.

Suggested Websites for Science Students' Wider Reading:

Year 7 and 8     - Science Focus
Year 10 and 11 - Science Daily and BBC Knowledge Magazine
Year 12 and 13 - The New Scientist and The Telegraph - Technology

Subject Specific Wider Reading Sources for Key Stage 4 and 5 Science Students:

Physics - Institute of Physics News
Chemistry - Royal Society of Chemistry - Chemistry World
Biology - Biology News Net;    Science Daily - Biology;     Phys Org - Biology News
BTEC - Science Daily - Biology;     BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science - Specification