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Science is currently taught by:

Dr Inglis - Faculty Leader Science
Mrs Lowry - KS4 Science Co-ordinator
Ms Strandberg - KS3 Science Co-ordinator
Mr Pinkett - Lead Science Teacher
Miss Beecroft - Science Teacher
Miss Howard - Science Teacher
Mrs Robinson - Science Teacher
Mr Wylie - Deputy Headteacher/Science Teacher

We also have three Science Technicians

Miss Wheeler - Senior Science Technician
Mrs Martin - Science and Food Technician
Mrs Walsh - Science Technician

At The Oakwood Academy all students study Science until the end of Year 11. They are encouraged to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts together with the skills required to plan and carry out investigative work. Students are made aware of the importance of Science to society and learn to evaluate its impact objectively.

Our aim is to provide a challenging and exciting, learning environment in which students are motivated to achieve.

At Key Stage 4, all students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are taught by subject specialist teachers.

Students can choose to study either Separate Science or Combined Science, the outlines of each course is as follows:


GCSE Separate Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Course Outline
This course leads to three GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required by real scientists in their work. The qualification is linear meaning that the students will sit all examinations at the end of the course. The content for each subject area is listed below.

Assessment
Two examination papers for each subject area. Different topics are assessed on each paper.
Each examination paper lasts for 1hour 45 minutes.
There are two tiers – Foundation and Higher.
Each paper has 100 marks and is worth 50% of the final grade.
The type of questions included on each paper examination paper are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Progression/Further Study
2 GCSEs in Science subjects are the minimum requirement from post 16 Colleges to go on to study A-Levels in Science which can then lead to Higher Education. This is also true of Level 3 vocational qualifications in Science.

Course Title – GCSE Combined Science

Course Outline
Students taking Combined Science will gain two GCSE qualifications. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required by real scientists in their work. The qualification is linear meaning that the students will sit all examinations at the end of the course. Students who are not selected for Separate Science will follow this course. The content for each subject area is listed below.

Assessment
There are six examination papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each paper will assess different topics.
Each examination paper lasts for 1hour 15 minutes.
There are two tiers – Foundation and Higher.
Each paper has 70 marks and is worth 16.7% of the final grade.
The type of questions included on each paper examination paper are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Progression/Further Study
2 GCSEs in Science subjects are the minimum requirement from post 16 Colleges to go on to study A-Levels in Science which can then lead to Higher Education. This is also true of Level 3 vocational qualifications in Science.
Many other options at post 16 require 2 good passes in GCSE Sciences.
There are a huge number of possible careers that require good Science GCSEs.