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The Science Faculty here at Parrs Wood High School is a highly successful faculty. We pride ourselves in the choice of subjects available to our students across all age ranges and abilities.

As teachers, we strive to work closely as a dynamic and innovative team, to deliver the curriculum effectively so that students can enjoy Science, achieve success and relate it to the world around them.

The main aim of the Science Faculty is to work with students to help them develop and fulfil their highest potential, whilst preparing them for the adult world.

Everywhere you look in the modern world, science plays a vital part in our lives. From groundbreaking advances in medicine to pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the Universe.

Science at Key Stage 3

Students currently study a three-year Key Stage 3. Year 7, 8 and 9 students follow the faculties own scheme of learning and this has been developed using the national curriculum and strategies such as the National Key Stage 3 Strategy. The scheme is regularly reviewed and modified to cater for the needs of all students at Parrs Wood High School.

Year 7 Programme of study

In Year 7, much emphasis is placed on the important learning skills, which are required to study science. Although students will have studied science at Primary school, they need to adapt to the new learning environment of a science lab. Time is spent at the beginning of the year teaching students these basic skills. The students then follow units of study, which include: Science Skills, Cells, Energy, Forces, Interdependence and Particles.

Year 8 Programme of study

In Year 8, students follow units of study, which include: Cells, Energy, Forces, Interdependence and Particles.

Year 9 Programme of study

At Year 9 we complete our KS3 learning and ensure that the foundations needed for KS4 are firmly in place with any misconceptions addressed ready for Year 10.

Science at Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, approximately 20% of the cohort will study AQA Separate Sciences with the rest of our students following AQA Trilogy Combined Science.  Higher and foundation pathways are available to all students.

Science at Key Stage 5

We offer the following subjects at Parrs Wood Sixth Form (click on the name for a subject leaflet):

Biology A Level

Chemistry A Level

Physics A Level

Applied Sciences BTEC