Science

Science permeates nearly all aspects of everyday life. A high-quality science education gives students the tools to start understanding the world around them and more importantly to start asking questions about it. As a department, our aim is to design lessons that develop curiosity as well as an eagerness to learn. 

Where possible, we want our students to discover new concepts for themselves and we use practical work to help with this. Engaging practicals not only help students develop key dexterity skills but also provide that “wow” factor so that our students ask “why does that happen?” or “what would happen if…”

The end result of a successful science education may not be a student that goes into a science career (although quite a few students do). We hope that our students are able to make informed decisions, based on sound and accurate knowledge and understanding. This will empower them and help them feel more confident in future decisions they may need to make about health, nutrition or environmental concerns.

KS3-4 Pathways (Southfield) AQA GCSE Biology, AQA GCSE Chemistry, AQA GCSE Physics, AQA GCSE Combined Science
KS4-5 Pathways (Southfield) AQA A Level Biology, AQA A Level Chemistry, AQA A Level Physcis, AQA Applied General Science
KS5- Higher & Further Education
Pathways
Examples include BSc Physics, BSc Astrophysics, BSc Physics with Particle Physics & Cosmology, BSc Medical Physics, BEng Mechanical engineering, BEng Chemical Engineering, BEng Aerospace Engineering, BSc Computer Games Design, LLB Law, BSc Zoology, BSc Biology, BSc Biomedical Science, BSc Marine Biology,  BSc Pyschology, BMedSci Medicine, BSci Veterinary Science,  BSc Sports Science, Dentistry,  BSc Earth Science,  BSc Environmental Science,  BSc Forensic Science,  BSc Physiotherapy,  BSc Nursing. Some example in apprenticeships include civil engineering, software development, sound technician, radiotherapy engineering
Careers  Academic researcher, Biotechnologist, Higher education lecturer, Marine biologist, Microbiologist, Nanotechnologist, Nature conservation officer, Pharmacologist, Research scientist, Scientific laboratory technician, Secondary school teacher,  Dental hygienist, Dental technician, Dentist,  Health improvement practitioner, Surgeon, Neuroscientist, Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary nurse, Zoologist, Astronomy and Space, Climate science and meteorology, Cyber Security, Engineering, Aerospace, Medical physics and digital healthcare, Renewable energy, Robotics and AI, Visual effects (VFX) and Gaming, Finance and Law, Television Presenter, Scientific Journalism, Paramedic, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist
KS4 Specification links  https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
KS5 Specification links

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/applied-general/science