Key Stage 3: JCoSS has Science Specialist Status and Science plays an integral role in school life. In Key Stage 3 students study life and living processes, materials and their properties, and physical processes. ‘How Science Works’, including scientific investigations, is integrated into practical and theory work and there is a strong emphasis on the use of ICT and interactive learning.
Key Stage 4: During Year 9 students, under consultation and agreement with the school, will make a choice regarding which route they will take through their GCSEs in science. We offer both triple (three science GCSEs) and double (two science GCSEs), both routes using the AQA exam board. As with Key Stage 3 there is a strong emphasis on practical work to consolidate on theory, and ICT and interactive learning are used frequently. All science GCSEs contain an examination taken in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as a practical examination (similar to coursework) taken as a controlled assessment. For students who wish to go on to take science based A-Levels at Key Stage 5, the triple science route is the generally expected path to follow.