Southam College seeks to stimulate students' interest in science, allowing them to achieve their full academic potential and equipping them with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to become fully informed young adults able to adapt to the challenges of modern society.
In support of this mission, the Science Department is committed to provide:-
- Enthusiastic, hard working staff who work closely as a team to ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning possible.
- Interesting, differentiated and challenging lessons which pupils enjoy.
- A curriculum which meets the needs of Southam College pupils.
- A positive working environment which encourages lifetime inquiry, interest and learning.
- Facilities and technology that supports effective teaching and learning.
Extra Curricular Activities in Science
At Southam College we strongly believe that Science should not be confined to the classroom and offer pupils experiences in science in wider contexts. Science Club is well attended on a fortnightly basis during lunchtimes and many trips are offered for different Year groups such as museum experiences such as Think Tank in Birmingham, competitions with pupils from other schools and visits to Rugby School lectures and Universities to name but a few. After school sessions are provided throughout the year for pupils to experience science in a very different light by looking at Science topics through another subject - eg. 'Science through Art', 'Science through Film' and 'Science through History'.
Welcome to Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Year 7 at Southam College
Science is not one subject but a huge, complex range of subjects with as much variety within the Sciences as there is between the Sciences and other subjects. For this reason, at Southam College we deliver the 3 main Science subjects separately from the start of Year 7 onwards. Students across the school have 3 different exercise books and 3 different Science teachers over the 5 year period, culminating in 2 separate exams in each subject in Year 11. Many students then progress to the Sixth Form to study one or more A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or our increasingly popular Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science.
In Year 9, students begin 3 years of GCSE study, culminating in exams at the end of Year 11.
In Year 11, students currently take exams with AQA in either Combined Science Double Award GCSE or separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is no longer a course-work component to Science GCSE courses, this has been replaced by a number of ‘Required Practicals’ allowing students to gain first-hand experience of laboratory techniques they are expected to be able to answer questions on in their GCSE exams. The exams therefore make up 100% of the assessment for these courses.
Students in year 9 all have 7 lessons of Science per fortnight. In years 10 and 11, students studying GCSE combined Science have 10 lessons per fortnight whilst those studying separate Sciences have 12 lessons per fortnight. Homework is set on a minimum fortnightly basis in each Science subject and students are assessed after approximately every 6 lessons to develop their revision techniques and exam skills.
The examination route taken is decided in Year 9 and will depend on a number of factors including aptitude in the 3 Sciences to ensure that students enjoy the best possible GCSE achievement. Both routes of assessment support further study in the Sciences at A Level and beyond provided that suitable grades are achieved.
OCR A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, plus Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science.
Students who achieved a GCSE Grade 7 or above in each separate Science or GCSE grades 7,7 or above in Combined Science plus a Grade B in Mathematics can choose to study A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Applied Science is open to students who have achieve grade 4,4 or above in dual Science, or grades 4 or above in all three separate sciences.
All four courses are taught by specialist subject teachers over 9 lessons per fortnight.
Exams form 100% of the assessment for the A level courses, with the practical endorsement being achieved during dedicated PAG lessons to build the required laboratory skills.
The Applied Science is assessed by an external exam making up 25 % of the marks and a range of internal assessments taken throughout the two years making up the other 75%.
Science Week 2017
Students were able to see and hold some the animals from animal club and some of the teachers' pets. There were corn snakes, guinea pigs, a leopard gecko, a Chinese dwarf hamster and many more.
Today the students were able to dissect mice as well as seeing a pigs head being cut open. There were also demonstrations of lungs and other organs being dissected!
Today the students were able to test out their engineering creations. They were set the challenge on Monday to build the rocket that would travel the furthest distance.
Today the students were able to see some of the teachers trying out their favourite experiments. There were bottle rockets exploding, large explosions and lots of fire!
Today the students were able to walk on the non-Newtonian fluid we know as custard! The substance that acts both as a liquid and as a solid.