Science Department
Our Department is a vibrant and active part of the school...there is always something exciting going on!  In the summer of 2017 we celebrated excellent GCSE results as part of another successful year for Shoeburyness High School.
 
Our Post 16 Science courses continue to go from strength to strength with high pass rates and more students than ever before going on to University.
 
You can also follow our Science Department on Twitter @ScienceDep_SHS for updates on homework, revision and much more!

KEY STAGE 3

Our Key Stage 3 Science course is totally unique...because we designed it ourselves! The aims of our course are:
  • To show students the relevance of Science in the modern world
  • To show students how Science is used in exciting modern contexts like space exploration
  • To ensure that students enjoy Science and achieve their potential
Year 7: Our Year 7 course has a 'Science Around You' theme, highlighting how Science impacts on every aspect our lives!
Term
Module name:
Topic Content
Autumn
 Science & You
Being a good Scientist
Being safe
Autumn
Adventure Island
Energy
Electricity
Autumn
Science at Home
Properties of materials
Chemical reactions
Spring
Microelectronics
Thinking logically
Electronic systems
Spring
The Human Body
Life Processes
Organ Systems
Spring
Energy for the Future
Forms of Energy
Energy Resources
Summer
Our Earth
Rocks
Separating Mixtures
Summer
The Beach
Habitats
Adaptation
Year 8: Our Year 8 course has a 'Space Academy' theme, motivating and enthusing students by teaching Science through a Space Exploration context.
Term
Module
Topic Content
Autumn
The Universe
The Solar System
Stars & Galaxies
Our Universe
Autumn
Human Survival
Cells & Organs
Reproduction
Inheritance
Autumn
Materials for Space
Properties of Materials
Elements & compounds
Spring
Space Travel
Forces
Pressure
Light & Sound
Spring
Planetary Chemistry
Chemical reactions
Patterns in chemistry
Using Chemistry
Summer
Astrobiology
Photosynthesis & respiration
Adaptation
Evolution
Summer
Revision

 

Our pupils complete their Key Stage 3 studies at the end of Year 8, with end of Key Stage assessments in June. All Students then follow a Careers module in Science lessons, giving the opportunity to consider the importance of Science in the modern world.
 
All pupils then start their Key Stage 4  studies in Year 9.

KEY STAGE 4

The Science Department currently offers the following examination courses at Key Stage 4:
  • GCSE Science from Edexcel (Specification 2SC01);
  • GCSE Additional Science from Edexcel (Specification 2SA01);
  • GCSE Further Additional Science from Edexcel (Specification 2SF01).
The combination of courses that each pupil follows is determined by their pathway, but may change subject to examination results. All pupils are given the opportunity to study for three GCSEs ('Triple Science'), subject to satisfactory attainment.
 
We also teach the new Edexcel Entry Level Certificate (Specification 8939)for those pupils suited to continuous assessment. All students follow a combination of courses which is most appropriate to their needs, and ensure preparation for further study.
 

KEY STAGE 5

In Year 12 and 13, we offer four distinct but complimentary Science courses.
 
A Level Biology: Edexcel
The Biology course is a traditional Biology course with modules covering cellular biology, biochemistry, inheritance, and environmental biology amongst other key themes. The course is assessed through three written examinations.
 
A Level Chemistry: Edexcel
The Chemistry course covers all aspects of Chemistry applied in modern contexts. The course is assessed through three written examinations.
 
A Level Physics: Edexcel
The Physics course is a traditional A-Level course. Year 12 modules are titled 'Mechanics & Materials' and 'Electricity & Waves', along with a coursework module. Year 13 modules cover Astrophysics & Cosmology, along with further study of mechanics and electricity. The course is assessed through three written examinations.
 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science
The Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science is equivalent to a full A-level course. It is an Applied Science qualification, meaning that it is focused on laboratory science in the real world, covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.