At KS3 students in Year 7 and 8 undertake twelve separate modules per year which focus on the key areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Year 9 the students undertake 9 modules allowing more time for accelerated learning and early entry to KS4. The modules are taught with an emphasis on ‘How Science Works’ which focuses on the development of key practical skills as well as ensuring that the students build up their theoretical knowledge and understanding. Science is taught by science specialists wherever possible at Christ the King.
Assessment is continuous throughout the year and involves end-of-unit tests and APP or graded assessments in each unit, as well as end-of-year examinations. This allows for a range of skills, including practical skills to be assessed. In Year 9, on completion of the 9 modules and an end-of-key-stage assessment, students are accelerated into one of the KS4 GCSE pathways allowing maximum success here too.
From 2016 Key Stage 4 students are offered a choice of two pathways for GCSE Sciences. The first option is the Triple Science Pathway; individual GCSE subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is an intensive course designed to prepare students for Advanced Level sciences. Students opting for this course should have successfully completed the KS3 course at a minimum of level 6 and will, if successful, gain 3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA).
The second option is AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) GCSE. The course is not as intensive as the Triple Science Pathway but still allows students access to Advanced Level sciences in Further Education and covers a range of all 3 science disciplines.
Students are given quality homework tasks, the completion of which prepares the students for skills needed to excel in each Key Stage. Study support sessions are offered every Thursday after school.