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Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

Dear Parents and Students

Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

In our school we encourage everyone to have the highest expectations of themselves and each other as together we Learn to Lead our Lives.

We are proud of our students’ academic achievements.  Just as importantly, we are a school that cares.  We believe that students need to feel comfortable and secure in order to learn and, as a school, we put as much emphasis on creating a supportive and happy environment as we do on academic success.  We achieve both.

I look forward to working with you to ensure the very best learning and life for the young people in our care.

Vaughan Davies
Headteacher

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SCIENCE COURSES

The Science Faculty offers a wide range of pathways across the Key Stages including A Level Psychology, BTEC Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care, BTEC Applied Science and GCSE Environment and Land Based Studies, alongside the three traditional science subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at GCSE and A Level.

With a team of 19 highly qualified specialist teachers supported by two lab technicians, we are a well resourced Faculty with access to a number of computers and all laboratories and classrooms are fitted with computer projectors.

Our varied curriculum across the Faculty allows students to follow science pathways which suit their aptitudes, interests and aspirations.  We allow students to discover new ideas  and concepts themselves through practical experience, discussion or research. We aim to create a life long interest in all things scientific and allow our young people to be able to access scientific debate and understand how science affects their everyday lives.

Skills are developed which not only produce scientists of the future but will be useful in all walks of life and further study.

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

KEY STAGE 3

Science at Key Stage 3 is designed to cover all aspects of the National Curriculum as well as to promote the thinking and investigative skills that will be essential later in life. Schemes of Work are designed to be hands on and encourage discovery with students engaging in a wide variety of activities to support their learning. In Year 7, students are taught in Form Groups and follow the integrated curriculum, developing many key learning skills through relevant, thought provoking scientific contexts. In Years 8 and 9, students are taught in broad ability bands for Science with classes taught by one teacher. Here the core Science concepts and skills are developed and honed ready for the demands of GCSE study.

Science Club is a popular after school activity during which students can work towards their Crest and Stem Science Awards, as well as having lots of fun. We visit the Big Bang Fair every year to discover what is new in the world of Science.

KEY STAGE 4

We have a number of Science pathways at KS4, catering for the needs of citizens of the 21st Century. Students have the choice of following a single, double or triple award pathway in Year 10.

Many of our students will study a GCSE Science course that teaches the core scientific principles and skills needed to understand the world around them and to engage in public debate about future scientific innovations.

In addition we offer the following routes:

• Separate GCSE’s in Biology, Physics and Chemistry

• An Additional Science GCSE covering the essential concepts and ideas required for possible A Level study

• GCSE Astronomy

• GCSE Psychology. A Social Science qualification offered within our double science pathway

• A GCSE in Environmental and Land Based Studies, focused on issues in farming, horticulture and land management

• BTEC in Applied Science, an entirely portfolio based course with a vocational context

A LEVEL

We have highly qualified specialist teachers in all three A Level Science subjects attracting a large number of students year on year. Our triple award GCSE courses provide excellent preparation for the AS study and many students take more than one Science subject and go on to study further at University. All courses have practical components worth 20% of each qualification.

The Science Department offers a diverse range of courses for students at KS4 in a drive to match as closely as possible the course experienced by our learners with their own needs. We attempt to be as flexible as possible in both the structure and timing of the courses and as such availability can change from year to year in order to more closely meet the demands of the cohort.

First choose how much science to study. The option is between a single amount of science (5 hours per fortnight) and a double amount of science (10 hours per fortnight). It is worth noting that double science is the normal amount offered in many schools and will need to be the choice for any students who wish to study any science at Advanced Level.

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KS4 - WHICH COURSE SHOULD I  CHOOSE?

 

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE RELEVANT COURSE

KS4 OPTIONS BOOKLET 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

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