The Science Department

We are a successful department that is full of energy and strives for the highest achievement from pupils at Hobart.  We have high expectations of all students.  We expect them to work hard and behave excellently at all times and we endeavour to work in partnership with parents to support their child’s learning.

Science is taught in six specialist laboratories.  These provide a colourful, stimulating and vibrant atmosphere for learning.  The Science department consists of eight Science teachers, supported by two technicians.  The specialist teachers have a wealth of experience and expertise which is used to support learning and stimulate interest from students.

The Science Curriculum

Students in Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3) follow the Oxford Activate Science course.  Each year pupils will work in groups, set by ability, covering a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics with their class teacher.  As well as learning the scientific content of the course, pupils will learn a range of practical skills and terminology, including how Science has developed through history. Students are formally assessed every half-term to monitor their progress.

Students in Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4) have to take Science at GCSE, which is part of the English Baccalaureate (EBACC).  The majority of students will study two GCSEs over two years. Students achieving at least a Level 6 at the end of Year 9 will be able to choose to study separate Science GCSEs (AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  All GCSEs are examined at the end of Year 11.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Many extra-curricular activities are available to pupils during lunchtimes and after school for those interested in Science.  Some of the fantastic events we run include: a Science club, the Eureka quiz, lunchtime challenges during National Science and Engineering Week, trips to local organisations and a Science lecture programme.  In addition, revision sessions run after school and during lunchtimes to support pupils in preparation for examinations.  There are always lots of things happening in the Science department to interest pupils

Contact Details

Mr S. Brown – Head of Science

GCSE Exam Board

All students follow AQA GCSE Science courses.

GCSE Controlled Conditions

During the course all Year 11 students will complete controlled conditions assessments with their class teacher, which contribute 25% of the GCSE mark.  For Year 10 Students starting GCSEs from 2016 onwards, there will be no coursework element to the GCSE.  The new GCSE exams will incorporate practical questions based on work carried out in class.

Revision Books

All KS4 students are provided with CGP revision guides appropriate to their course.

Useful Links

Link to past papers and mark schemes: