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Welcome to Science at St. Aloysius' College


Ms S Kisten Assistant Headteacher / Head of Science Department
Mr B Lawrence Biology (Deputy Head)
Mr P Mainoo 2IC Science / Biology
Ms D Mirabile Biology / Chemistry
Mr N Walters Physics
Ms H Clarke Biology (Head of Year 12)
Miss N Tang Wah 2IC Science / Biology
Ms B Shah Biology
Mr Y Mesfin Senior Technician
Mr A Nanan Technician
Science Department GCSE Pass Rates
Triple Science St. Aloysius % National Average %
Biology 96 90
Physics 94 91
Chemistry 100 91
Double Science GCSE (Includes Core + Additional Science) 87 66


Science at KS3 is built on the knowledge, understanding and skills that have developed in KS2. Most of the pupils in Year 7 have reached at least level 4 of the Science National Curriculum by the end of Year 6.

Our yearly teaching objectives cover both scientific enquiry and the key scientific ideas that underpin the programme of study at KS3. Details on the KS3 curriculum continue in the Science curriculum booklet pages.


Students begin KS4 with a general science course based on GCSE Science A. They will cover all aspects of a good science education:

• evaluating evidence and the implications of science for society;

• explaining, theorising and modelling in science; and procedural and

technical knowledge of science practice,

• though with an emphasis on the first aspect, namely, evaluating evidence and the implications of science for society.

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum starts in March of Year 9 where pupils are taught in sets and will follow one of three Learning Pathways. Each pathway takes recognition of pupil’s ability as well as providing learning opportunities for them to achieve their full potential

The science department determines the most suitable pathway for your child taking into consideration pupil performance, attainment and ability.

Learning Pathway 1

Two Sciences - Awards 2 GCSE grades

This Learning Pathway suits pupils wishing to pursue science related qualifications at Colleges and Universities or a vocational qualification. The course is divided into two segments:

1. Core science &

2. Additional Science.

Core Science


Pupils study 3 modules with at least one Individual Skills Assignment (ISA). This is done during 5 science lessons per week.


Biology 1- Human Biology, Evolution and the Environment

Chemistry 1 - Products from Rocks ; Oils, Earth and the Atmosphere

Physics 1 - Energy and Electricity, Radiation and the Universe


At the end of each module pupils take a 45 minute externally assessed examination, worth 25% of the GCSE qualification.

Pupils will also take a Level 1 ISA (and a class practical examination) worth 25%.


This leads to the award of one GCSE grade – CORE SCIENCE

Additional Science


Pupils study 3 modules called Additional Science.

They are: - 1. Additional Physics (P2) 2. Additional Chemistry (C2) and 3. Additional Biology (B2. This is achieved during 5 science lessons per week.


BIOLOGY 2: Cells, Plants & Photosynthesis, Energy Flows, Enzymes, Homoeostasis and Inheritance

CHEMISTRY 2: Structures & Bonding and Properties, Rates of Reactions, Energy & Reactions, Quantitative Chemistry, Electrolysis and Acids, Alkalis & Salts.

PHYSICS 2: Motion Physics, Work; Energy & Momentum, Static Electricity, Current and Mains Electricity, Nuclear Physics


At the end of each Module (P2, C2 & B2), pupils take a 45 minutes externally assessed written examination, worth 25% each towards the GCSE qualification.

Pupils also take a Level 2 ISA worth 25%.


The Additional Science Pathway leads to the award of a second GCSE Science grade - ADDITIONAL SCIENCE.


Learning Pathway 2

Triple Science - Awards 3 GCSE grades

This pathway suits pupils wishing to study science at AS & A Levels with a view to pursuing science related studies at University. This course is divided into three segments. Pupils follow the Core and Additional Science programmes as described in Learning Pathway 1. In addition, they study 3 other modules generally called Further Science.

They are

1. Further Physics (P3);

2. Further Chemistry (C3) and

3. Further Biology (B3).



Pupils are assessed in the same way as described above for Learning Pathway 1. At the end of each Further science module (P3, C3 & B3), pupils take a 45 minutes written examination worth 25% each towards the GCSE qualification.

They also take a Level 3 ISA worth 25%.


The Triple Science Pathway leads to the Award of 3 separate GCSE Science grades for Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Learning Pathway 3

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Equivalent to 2 GCSE graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level respectively.

This Learning Pathway will suit pupils wishing to pursue specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. It provides pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment or for more advanced qualifications. Pupils can progress to or within employment and/or continue their studies in the same or related vocational areas.

Pupils study and produce a number of portfolio assignments in the following units:

1. Chemistry and our Earth

2. Energy and our Universe

3. Biology and our Environment


Pupils must produce a portfolio of evidence justifying their learning for each unit. These are 100% internally assessed but external verification does take place. Pupils are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade equivalent to 2 GCSE grades.


As part of our objective to enhance the understanding of the Science curriculum, we undertake school trips. Places that have been visited include the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, The London Zoo and the IMAX theatre.

The Science department runs after-school revision clubs for GCSE pupils. These clubs aim at preparing pupils for the external exams and also give them more practise at answering past exam papers.

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