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Welcome to Science.  “Science is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”

Jules Verne

St Augustine’s Science department is a place where teachers enjoy teaching and learners enjoy learning.

The Science department is committed to giving learners a better knowledge and understanding of the world around us and how things work. We believe all learners can enjoy and be successful in Science regardless of their ability or background.

​We aim to develop learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills through investigative approaches, research and theory work.

 

We offer a range of extra-curricular activities throughout the year that support growing scientific minds.

​The students of St Augustine’s are the young men and women of tomorrow; our scientists of the future!

 

Key Stage 3: Years 7 & 8

Activate is a brand new Key Stage 3 science course designed to spark students’ interest in science and support them on their journey through KS3 to KS4 success. Students will cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics, investigating the world around them through practical activities that will lay the foundations for GCSE.

       

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 & 11

COURSE: AQA Combined Science (2 GCSEs)

All students will study Science at KS4, preparing for final examinations in the summer of year 11 where they will sit two biology, two chemistry and two physics papers, each 1 hour 15 minutes long and a total of 70 marks. Each paper is worth 16.7% of the final grade. Students will also have to complete a series of Required Practicals in class. These practical activities will appear in the final exams and a record of attendance will be kept by the school for the exam board.

To prepare for this students will regularly complete exam questions in class along with full externally prepared papers at key points throughout the course. In year 11 students will have access to Period 6 revision sessions, which will cover previous subject knowledge, Required Practicals and also practice the literacy and numeracy skills necessary to communicate their understanding. Revision guides that cover this course and support revision will be offered for purchase at the start of each year at a reduced price. These are highly recommended by the department.

GCSE Course Content:

Year 9

  • Cell Biology

  • Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table

  • Photosynthesis

  • Structures, Bonding and Properties of Materials

  • Moving and Changing Materials

  • Chemical Quantities and Calculations

  • Health Matters

  • Chemical Changes

Year 10

  • Coordination and Control

  • The Rate and Extent of Chemical Changes

  • Atomic Structure

  • Genetics

  • Energy Changes

  • Forces

  • Variation and Evolution

  • Hydrocarbons

  • Waves

Year 11

  • Ecology in Action

  • The Atmosphere

  • Electromagnetism

  • Sustainable Development

St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School

Boardmans Lane

Blackbrook

St Helens

WA11 9BB

Tel: 01744 678112

Fax: 01744 678113

Email: staugustine@sthelens.org.uk