Science

Staff

S Bradshaw

J. Cairns (Head of Biology, Science coordinator)

R. Cousins (Head of Physics)

C. Gervais

L. Howard

W. Mason (Head of Chemistry)

R. Wilson

J. McCrea (Technician)

The science department of Omagh Academy aims to allow students to gain knowledge of the world around them, by fostering an interest in science and appreciating its relevance in today's society.

All pupils in the school study science in KS3 and KS4 and a significant number opt to study science post-16.

Key Stage 3

Year 8

x6 periods per week

Science investigations

Materials

Forces

Cells

Diet and nutrition

Acids and Alkalis

Magnetism and Electricity

Reproduction

Year 9

x5 periods per week

Staying Alive

Matter

Sight and Sound

Elements

Mixtures and Compounds

Energy

Year 10

3x2 periods per week

Science is taught as three separate disciplines by a subject specialist teacher.

During Year 10, pupils prepare to enter key stage 4 and determine whether to study Triple Award or Double Award science in Year 11.

Key Stage 4

All pupils in Year 11 and Year 12 study GCSE Science.

They can choose to take Double Award Science (2 grades at GCSE) or Triple Award Science (3 grades at GCSE)

CCEA Double Award - from first teaching September 2017

Content

Assessment

Weightings (%)

Completed

Biology Unit B1: Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity

External written examination

1 hour

11

Year 11

Chemistry Unit C1: Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions, Quantitative Chemistry and Analysis

External written examination

1 hour

11

Year 11

Physics Unit P1: Motion, Force, Moments, Energy, Density, Kinetic Theory, Radioactivity, Nuclear Fission and Fusion.

External written examination

1 hour

11

Year 11

Biology Unit B2: Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health

External written examination

1 hour 15 mins

14

Year 12

Chemistry Unit C2: Further Chemical Reactions, Rates and Equilibrium, Calculations and Organic Chemistry

External written examination

1 hour 15 mins

14

Year 12

Physics Unit P2: Waves, Light, Electricity, Magnetism, Electromagnetism and Space Physics

External written examination

1 hour 15 mins

14

Year 12

Unit 7 Practical skills

3 x 1 hour practical activities are carried out in school (externally assessed)

External written examination

1 hour 30 mins

25

Year 12

CCEA Triple Award Biology

Unit 1

Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity

External written examination

1 hour 15 minutes

Worth 35%

Completed in Year 11

Unit 2

Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health

External written examination

1 hour 30 minutes

Worth 40%

Completed in Year 12

Unit 3

Practical Skills

2 X 1 hour practical activities are carried out in school (externally assessed)

Worth 7.5%

External written examination

1 hour

Worth 17.5%

Completed in Year 12

CCEA Triple Award Chemistry

Unit 1

Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions, Quantitative Chemistry and Analysis.

External written examination

1 hour 15 minutes

Worth 35%

Completed in Year 11

Unit 2

Further Chemical Reactions, Rates and Equilibrium, Calculations and Organic Chemistry

External written examination

1 hour 30 minutes

Worth 40%

Completed in Year 12

Unit 3

Practical Skills

2 X 1 hour practical activities are carried out in school (externally assessed)

Worth 7.5%

External written examination

1 hour

Worth 17.5%

Completed in Year 12

CCEA Triple Award Physics

Unit 1

Motion, Force, Moments, Energy, Density, Kinetic Theory, Radioactivity, Nuclear Fission and Fusion.

External written examination

1 hour 15 minutes

Worth 35%

Completed in Year 11

Unit 2

Waves, Light, Electricity, Magnetism, Electromagnetism and Space Physics.

External written examination

1 hour 30 minutes

Worth 40%

Completed in Year 12

Unit 3

Practical Skills

2 X 1 hour practical activities are carried out in school (externally assessed)

Worth 7.5%

External written examination

1 hour

Worth 17.5%

Completed in Year 12

A Level

In year 13 students can select to study up to 3 science subjects as detailed below:

Biology

AS 1 Molecules and Cells

External written examination 

1 hour 30 minutes

Worth 15%

AS 2 Organisms and Biodiversity

External written examination

1 hour 30 minutes

Worth 15%

AS 3 Practical Skills in Biology

External written examination

1 hour

Worth 7%

Internal practical assessment

Worth 3%

A2 1 Physiology, Co-ordination and Control, and Ecosystems

External written examination 

2 hour 15 minutes

Worth 24%

A2 2 Biochemistry, Genetics and evolutionary Trends

External written examination

2 hour 15 minutes

Worth 24%

A2 3 Practical Skills in Biology

External written examination

1 hour 15 minutes

Worth 10%

Internal practical assessment

Worth 2%

Physics

AS 1 Forces, Energy and Electricity

External written examination 

1 hour 45 minutes

Worth 16%

AS 2 Waves, Photons and Astronomy

External written examination

1 hour 45 minutes

Worth 16%

AS 3 Practical Techniques and Data Analysis

2 X 1 hour Components

Worth 8%

A2 1 Deformation of solids, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics

External written examination 

2 hours

Worth 24%

A2 2 Fields, Capacitors and Particle Physics

External written examination

2 hours

Worth 24%

A2 3 Practical Techniques and Data Analysis

2 X 1 hour Components

Worth 12%

Chemistry

Basic concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

External written examination 

1 hour 30 minutes

Worth 16%

Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry

External written examination

1 hour 30 minutes

Worth 16%

Basic Practical Chemistry

Practical Exam

1 hour 15 minutes

Theory Paper (based on practical techniques)

1 hour 15 minutes

Worth 8%

Further Physical and Organic Chemistry

External written examination 

2 hours

Worth 24%

Analytical, Transition Metals, Electrochemistry and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry

External written examination

2 hours

Worth 24%

Further Practical Chemistry

Practical Exam

1 hour 15 minutes

Theory Paper (based on practical techniques)

1 hour 15 minutes

Worth 12%

Learning outside the classroom

Field trips and educational visits are an important part of developing scientific knowledge and skills. Pupils have taken part in several field trips and visits to places of scientific interest. The first science trip to London took place in June 2017 and other trips are planned throughout the year.

Extra-Curricular

 

Science Club

The Year 8 Science Club meets once a week at lunchtime and has proven to be a successful and popular club. Club members enjoy activities which they would not normally be carried out in class time, so it gives a chance to have a go at some fun and different activities.

 

Science Competitions

Pupils across all key stages have opportunities to participate in local and national science competitions such as the Salters Festival of Chemistry and The Biology Challenge.

Contact

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Omagh,
BT78 1HF

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