Science

Teachers

  • Tom Kelly (Director of Learning)
  • Billy Moakes (Assistant Director of Learning)
  • Mathew Angella
  • Elliot Batchelor
  • Emma Chappell
  • Louisa Farina
  • Katy Hamblin
  • Thomas Howley
  • Rebecca Husarz
  • Chris Jackson
  • Kirsten Jones
  • Diana Pett
  • Tom Walter

Science at Hailsham Community College

How did we get here? Why are there more electric cars on the roads now? Surely climate change is a good thing?

Science is full of questions, and about learning to try and answer them. It’s being interested in the world around you and wanting to understand how it works…

You study Science throughout your time here at HCC, and we aim to make it as interesting, exciting and informative as possible.

Year group or Course title

Key Stage 3 Science

Course content

We aim to prepare you for GCSE Science by giving you the basic knowledge and skills you will need to build on.

You’ll learn about Cells, living things and the human body.  We’ll do Chemistry experiments to learn about elements and compounds and how things react.  

You’ll look at Forces, Electricity and Energy too.

Assessment

We have regular assessment tasks that will be done in the classroom to enable you to see how you are progressing.

You will also have topic tests that will help you practice your exam skills.

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler.

Homework

You will get homework once per topic – this may involve one of your assessed tasks, or you logging on to www.doddlelearn.co.uk to complete online homework

Enrichment opportunities

We run Science Club – a chance for you to come and try practicals you may not have seen before.

We run regular visits to STEM and Science events such as the Big Bang Fair and Robot Wars challenges.

 

Year group or Course title

GCSE Science – Year 11 only

Course content

You may be studying CORE and ADDITIONAL Science, or GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

We follow the OCR 21st Century Science course – you can find more details here: 

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-science-a-j241-from-2012/

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-additional-science-a-j242-from-2012/

Assessment

There are 4 parts to each GCSE – 3 exams, each worth 25% of the final grade and then coursework making up the other 25%.

For CORE Science you have to complete a CASE STUDY (where you research and discuss a controversial scientific topic) and a small DATA ANALYSIS

where you collect some data and see what it tells you.

 

For the other GCSEs you have to complete a scientific investigation – you plan, carry out and analyse an experiment.

 

We will give you regular topic tests and Mock Exams so you can see how you are progressing

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler, Calculator

Homework

There is one homework pack per topic – these are extended pieces of work that should take place over 3 or 4 weeks. 

These are all available on Firefly for you to download and are excellent revision tools too.

Enrichment opportunities

We have a group of ‘Science Leaders’ who plan and run an annual primary school science club – it’s excellent experience for students who 

want to demonstrate  that they have leadership skills, and is also a great chance for you to do loads of fun practicals!

 

We run visits to Sussex and Brighton university regularly, and have speakers come in too.

 

You have the opportunity to take part in Science challenges at other institutions, such as Lancing College and Beacon school.

 

Year group or Course title

GCSE Science – Years 9 and 10

Course content

We are studying the new AQA ‘Combined Science – Trilogy’, or the AQA separate GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

See here for further details:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

 

Assessment

The course is all exam assessed – you will have to complete six exams of 75 minutes for the Combined Science, or 2 105 minute papers for each separate science.

 

The papers will examine practical skills that we practice in class as well as knowledge and application.

 

You will have regular unit tests as well as mock exams to help you see the progress you are making.

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler, Calculator

Homework

There is one homework pack per topic – these are extended pieces of work that should take place over 3 or 4 weeks. 

These are all available on Firefly for you to download and are excellent revision tools too.

Enrichment opportunities

We have a group of ‘Science Leaders’ who plan and run an annual primary school science club – it’s excellent experience for students who 

want to demonstrate  that they have leadership skills, and is also a great chance for you to do loads of fun practicals!

 

We run visits to Sussex and Brighton university regularly, and have speakers come in too.

 

You have the opportunity to take part in Science challenges at other institutions, such as Lancing College and Beacon school.

 

Year group or Course title

GCE A’ Level Sciences

Course content

You can study GCE Biology – we do the OCR specification:  http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015/

GCE Chemistry and Physics are AQA:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

 

Assessment

All A’ Levels are now exam only – you have to sit these exams at the end of the course. 

You can sit AS’ exams at the end of Year 12 – these will give you an idea of how you are progressing but will not count towards your final A’ level.

 

We have to ensure you complete enough practical work during your course – these are assessed in written exams, but you will have a ‘practical endorsement’ pass

or fail too.

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler, Calculator, Text books.

Homework

We aim to use ‘Flipped Learning’ as a basis for much of our A’ Level work.  This involves you preparing BEFORE lessons and being assessed in them –

we are trying to develop independent ways of working, as these will stand you in good stead when you leave College.

 

You should expect to do at least 3 hours of self study per A’ Level subject per week

Enrichment opportunities

We have a group of ‘Science Leaders’ who plan and run an annual primary school science club – it’s excellent experience for students who  want to demonstrate 

that they have leadership skills, and is also a great chance for you to do loads of fun practicals!

 

We run visits to Sussex and Brighton university regularly, and have speakers come in too.

 

We run regular visits to interesting Science places, for example we go to CERN in Geneva to see how they are searching for answers to some of the biggest questions

in Physics.

 

If you want to challenge yourself we enter students for the Physics and Biology Olympiad competitions, where they pit themselves against some very difficult challenges.