The aim of the Science department is to stimulate and sustain pupils' interest in, and enjoyment of, science
Science makes pupils informed, confident citizens in a technological world, and develops their understanding of economic, ethical and social implications. Becoming a scientist requires intelligence, creativity and a strong desire to learn new things. At St Joseph's College, we enable students to do this in abundance.
We are privileged to have extremely well-equipped Science Laboratories in which pupils are taught practical scientific skills from Year 3 to Year 13.
Every effort is made to enthuse pupils about Science: in class; through competitions (such as The Wonderful World of Cells and Crystal Growing); cross curricular days (such as a Science/technology 'Building Structures' day); a residential field work trip to Osmington Bay and an active and lively Science Club, which meets weekly and attracts a range of pupils.
In Years 7 and 8, the Science curriculum is written 'in house'. The curriculum covers the Key stage 3 course in two years, with practical work carried out in well-equipped laboratories.
GCSE Science is taught from Years 9 to 11. The course follows the AQA Science and Additional Science syllabus, and provides a good basis for the study of Science subjects at A level and beyond.
We currently study the Edexcel A Level course for Biology and Chemistry and the AQA course for Physics.
Science students also benefit from university visits and lectures, residential field courses and regular trips to London.
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