Welcome to the Science Department!

Head of Department:  Miss L. Mc Bride

Assistant Teachers: Mrs C. Stewart, Dr E. Veal, Miss N. Devlin 

The Science Department here in Ballycastle High School offers a wide range of courses at all levels.

Key Stage Three Science


At Key Stage 3, all pupils in Years 8 - 10 follow the Northern Ireland Revised Curriculum of study.  The general learning areas include a range of topics from all three Sciences, and focuses on developing cross curricular skills and thinking skills and personal capabilities. Topics studied are as follows:

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Investigating Science  HOW SCIENCE WORKS The Universe  HOW SCIENCE WORKS Compounds and Mixtures      HOW SCIENCE WORKS
The Brain Design for Life Body systems and their Maintenance
Chemical Changes Solids, Liquids and Gases Waves and Sound
Forces Everywhere The Brain Patterns of Reactivity
Life, Body Systems and Cells Food and Digestion Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Solutions and Separations Switch on to Electricity Inheritance, selection and Adaptation
On the Move Respiration Rocks and our Landscape
Acids and Alkalis Atoms and Elements Using Chemistry
Human Reproduction Electricity The Brain
  The Skin and Feeling
ISA Skills


At Key stage 4, four courses are offered.AQA Science M (Modular)This course offers pupils a good knowledge of science, by studying Unit 1 from GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Pupils completing the course gain a firm foundation to go on to study A-level Science subjects (when combined with GCSE Additional Science), and the opportunity to gain a good understanding across topics such as keeping healthy, elements and atoms, and the transfer of energy. Topics studied are as follows:

 
Unit 1 Biology Unit 1 Chemistry Unit 1 Physics
B1.1  Keeping Healthy C1.1  The Fundamental Ideas in Chemistry P1.1  The Transfer of Energy by Heating Processes
B1.2  Nerves and hormones C1.2  Limestone and Building Materials P1.2  energy and Efficiency
B1.3  The Use and Abuse of Drugs C1.3  Metals and their Uses P1.3  The Usefulness of Electrical Appliances
B1.4  Interdependence and Adaptation C1.4  Crude Oil and Fuels P1.4  Methods we use to Generate Electricity
B1.5  Energy and Biomass in Food Chains C1.5  Other Useful Substances from Crude Oil P1.5  the use of Waves for Communication
B1.6  Waste Materials from Plants and Animals C1.6  Plant oils and their Uses  
B1.7  Genetic Variation and it’s Control C1.7  Changes in the Earth and its Atmosphere
B1.8  Evolution   
Investigative Skills Assessment Investigative Skills Assessment Investigative Skills Assessment


QA Additional Science

Additional Science provides a natural progression from Science A.This course offers pupils further knowledge of Science, by studying Unit 2 from GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Pupils will gain a firm foundation to go on to study A-level Science subjects (when GCSE Science A or B is combined with GCSE Additional Science), and the opportunity to gain a good understanding across topics such as tissues, organs and organ systems, structure and bonding and forces and their effects. Topics studied are as follows:
 
Additional Science provides a natural progression from Science A.This course offers pupils further knowledge of Science, by studying Unit 2 from GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Pupils will gain a firm foundation to go on to study A-level Science subjects (when GCSE Science A or B is combined with GCSE Additional Science), and the opportunity to gain a good understanding across topics such as tissues, organs and organ systems, structure and bonding and forces and their effects. Topics studied are as follows:
 
Unit 2 Biology Unit 2 Chemistry Unit 2 Physics
B2.1  Cells and simple cell transport C2.1 Structure & Bonding P2.1 Forces and their effects
B2.2  Tissues, organs & organ systems C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down
B2.3  Photosynthesis C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits
B2.4  Organisms and their environment C2.4 Rates of reaction P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances
B2.5  Proteins – their functions & uses C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of theiremissions
B2.6 Aerobic & Anaerobic respiration C2.6 Acids, bases and salts P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
B2.7. Cell division and inheritance C2.7 Electrolysis  
B2.8. Speciation    
Investigative Skills Assessment Investigative Skills Assessment Investigative Skills Assessment

AQA Additional Applied Science

This course offers pupils the opportunity to learn by applying science in real-life contexts, and provides a second GCSE Science award as progression from M or GCSE Science B.  Pupils will gain the ability to take charge of their own learning through a high proportion of portfolio assessment, and will have the opportunity to study the knowledge of scientists and the work they do in the following contexts – healthcare and fitness, agricultural and food sciences, materials science and analytical science.  Topics studied are as follows:
 
Unit 1  Science at Work Unit 2  How Scientists Use Practical Techniques
3.3.1  Following Standard Procedures Assignment 1 – Research Task
3.3.2  Health and Safety at Work
3.3.3  The Use of Science in Maintaining Health and Fitness
3.3.4  The Use of Science to Develop Materials for Specific Purposes Assignment 2 – Practical Investigation
3.3.5  The Use of Science in Food Production
3.3.6  The Use of Science in Analysis and Detection


CCEA Single Award Science (Modular)

This course offers pupils the opportunity to take part in activities that stimulate their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science.  Activities are set in context so that students can relate them to their everyday lives, evaluate evidence collected or researched, and understand the implications of science on society.  The course is divided into three units – 
Unit 1Biology 
Unit 2  Chemistry
Unit 3 Physics
 
This course offers pupils the opportunity to take part in activities that stimulate their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science.  Activities are set in context so that students can relate them to their everyday lives, evaluate evidence collected or researched, and understand the implications of science on society.  The course is divided into three units – Unit - 1Biology, Unit 2 - Chemistry and Unit 3 - Physics:
 
Unit 1: Biology Unit 2: Chemistry Unit 3: Physics Unit 4 – Practical Skills
Section A Section A Section A   Part A – Planning and Risk Assessment 
 Food and Diet  Acids and Bases Electrical Circuits
Chromosomes and Genes The World about Us  Household Electricity 
Nervous System and Hormones Elements and Compounds WavesCommunicationsVision   Part B – Data Collection 
 
Section B Section B Section B
Variation and Adaptation Oils, Polymers and Materials Fossil Fuels, Road Transport and Safety
Disease and Body Defences Hard Water Radioactivity Part C – Processing, Analysis and Evaluation.
Human Activity on Earth Recycling and Exploitation of Earth’s Resources Earth in Space
  Using Materials to Fight Crime  

Four Sciences courses are offered at AS and A level. 

AQA Applied Science – Single Award 

This course sets out a broad educational and vocational framework to allow pupils a flexible route, moving on to higher education or further training and/or employment Assessment focuses on what students can do, as well as what they know and understand.  It is based both on portfolio evidence an examined unit. Topics studied are as follows:
Four Sciences courses are offered at AS and A level. This course sets out a broad educational and vocational framework to allow pupils a flexible route, moving on to higher education or further training and/or employment Assessment focuses on what students can do, as well as what they know and understand.  It is based both on portfolio evidence an examined unit. Topics studied are as follows:
 
Year 13 Year 14
 AS Unit 1 Investigating Science at Work  A2 Unit 7 Planning and Carrying out a Scientific
 AS Unit 2 Energy Transfer Systems  A2 Unit 11 Controlling Chemical Processes
AS Unit 3 Finding out about Substances  A2 Unit 9 Sports Science 
       
AQA Biology

This course sets out an educational framework to allow pupils to study Biology and move on to higher education in the area of Science.Assessment is based both on two examined units and an assessed investigative and practical skills unit.Topics studied are as follows:
 
Year 13 Year 14
 Unit 1 BIOL1 Biology and Disease  Unit 4 BIOL4 Populations and environment
 Unit 2 BIOL2 The variety of living organisms  Unit 5 BIOL5 Control in cells and in organisms
 Unit 3 – Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology  Unit 6 – Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology
         
AQA Chemistry

This course sets out an educational framework to allow pupils to study Chemistry and move on to higher education in the area of Science. Assessment is based both on two examined units and an assessed investigative and practical skills unit. Topics studied are as follows:
 
Year 13 Year 14
 Unit 1 – CHEM1 Foundation Chemistry  Unit 4 – CHEM4 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
 Unit 2 – CHEM2 Chemistry In Action  Unit 5 – CHEM5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
Unit 3 – Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry  Unit 6 – Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry 
         
CCEA Physics

This revised specification aims to encourage pupils to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for physics, and develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of physics and how they relate to each other. The specification has a modular structure and students are required to study three modules at each level 
   
Year 13 Year 14
AS 1: Forces, Energy and Electricity  A2 1: Momentum, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics
 AS 2: Waves, Photons and Medical Physics  A2 2: Fields and their Applications
 AS 3: Practical Techniques    A2 3:Practical Techniques 
 
Science at Ballycastle High School is all about giving pupils the opportunity to become active learners.  The Science Department aims to engage pupils, and inspire interest in this difficult subject area, by allowing pupils the opportunity to experience it in a more hands on approach.Science Club runs during lunchtimes every other Tuesday in school from 1.10pm – 1.35pm.  During each we session we aim to extend Science and learning beyond the normal confines of the classroom.There are many ways in which Science Club impacts positively on the pupils in Ballycastle High School.  Science Club:-- allows pupils the opportunity to develop and improve their scientific skills- allows pupils and staff to interact in a less formal manner, than would normally exist within the classroom setting.  - allows pupils of different ages and abilities to interact during the club session.- allows pupils the opportunity to pursue, and or, reinforce work completed during class time.- enables the introduction of scientific concepts, and helps to introduce students directly to the scientific thinking process through hands-on activities.We have a varied and fun programme of events that runs right through both the Autumn and Spring terms.  Activities include rockets, lava lamps, bath bombs and everyone’s favourite, silly putty!     
 

Additional Science provides a natural progression from Science A.This course offers pupils further knowledge of Science, by studying Unit 2 from GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Pupils will gain a firm foundation to go on to study A-level Science subjects (when GCSE Science A or B is combined with GCSE Additional Science), and the opportunity to gain a good understanding across topics such as tissues, organs and organ systems, structure and bonding and forces and their effects. Topics studied are as follows: This course offers pupils the opportunity to take part in activities that stimulate their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science.  Activities are set in context so that students can relate them to their everyday lives, evaluate evidence collected or researched, and understand the implications of science on society.  The course is divided into three units – Unit 1Biology Unit 2  ChemistryUnit 3 Physics Four Sciences courses are offered at AS and A level. This course sets out a broad educational and vocational framework to allow pupils a flexible route, moving on to higher education or further training and/or employment Assessment focuses on what students can do, as well as what they know and understand.  It is based both on portfolio evidence an examined unit. Topics studied are as follows:

SCIENTIFIC SPUDS

 

Celebrating National Science and Engineering Week

 

Fantastic Plastic

 

Year 8 Boat Competition

 

 

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