Discovery

Faculty Team

Mrs Lyndsay Reavley, Faculty Leader
Miss Sarra Peek, Second in Faculty
Mr Robin Walker, Second in Faculty
Mr Andrew Small, Lead Teacher
Mrs Sarah Moore, Key Stage 3 Programme Leader
Miss Natalie Beecham, Teacher of Science
Mr Andrew Hare, Teacher of Science
Miss Rachel Jefferson, Teacher of Science
Miss Leanne Vincent, Teacher of Science
Mrs Gemma McMahon, Discovery Technician
Mrs Julie Straughan, Lead Discovery Technician

 

Introduction

Science permeates our lives and informs our actions.  Physics, for example, teaches us how mirrors work and how glasses can aid one’s vision.  Chemistry discusses the principles of matter, like atoms, molecules and compounds.  These atoms, molecules and compounds make up the water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe and the medicines we take when we are sick.  Biology, the study of life, teaches us why we are the way we are, what we need to survive, how all living things are categorised and where we all came from.

Key Stage 3

Students will study this key stage over a period of 2 years.  There are a total of 11 units of which cover all aspects of the DfE set Programme of Study.  The units themselves are themed to allow aspects of all three Scientific disciplines to be delivered within each unit, reinforcing the fact that all areas of Science should impact upon one another.  The units covered are;

  • I’m a Scientist, get me out of here – Students are stranded on a desert island and need to utilize their scientific knowledge and understanding to survive, and escape!
  • The Cost of Christmas – Students are employed by a large Supermarket chain and need to come up with an advertising campaign considering both the economic and environmental cost of the holidays.
  • CSI – A crime has been committed at HTCS! As top forensic experts students need to collect and analyse the evidence to find the criminal!
  • Formula 1 – Students play the role of car designers, looking at how to increase the performance of Formula 1 cars to win the championship, considering forces and motion in their designs.
  • Super villains – The students need to use knowledge and understanding of selective breeding and genetic engineering to design a Super villain to help them take over the world!
  • Master chef – As a Michelin starred chef students need to show understanding of the constituents of a healthy, balanced diet, and an understanding of the Science behind different cooking processes.
  • Moving to …? – It is the year 2300 and humans have destroyed the planet! As a government advisor students need to decide where in the Solar System we should move to, and calculate how to get there!
  • The Olympics – Hartlepool have won the Olympic bid! As a top Sport Scientist students need to explore how the skeleton and muscles work together in different sports, and the negative effects of drugs on the body.
  • Grand Designs – As top architects, students need to design the perfect house – long wearing, stylish and energy efficient, considering materials and their properties in their projects.
  • Theme Park – Hartlepool is building a theme park! Students need to use their knowledge of motion, forces and energy transfers to design the perfect rollercoaster, ensuring that it is both safe and exhilarating!
  • At the movies – As Oscar winning special effects coordinators students need to research the role of light and sound in the cinema, and how Chemistry is used to produce jaw dropping special effects!

There is a heavy focus on ‘How Science Works’, allowing students to look at applications of Science in everyday life.  Students study the following;

  • How to relate Science processes and phenomena to the world of work, industrial processes and today’s society
  • How to explain scientific phenomena
  • How to investigate Scientifically and safely
  • Investigational skills
  • Graphical and Numeracy skills
  • How to draw conclusions and evaluate
  • Communication and coordination skills
  • Literacy and ICT skills
  • Team work and independent thinking

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we build upon the skills and content covered at Key Stage 3.  We aim to offer a number of level 2 qualifications which are tailored to the needs of the students.  All students commence their KS4 courses in Year 9 and follow a route that leads to at least two Level 2 qualifications.  There are a number of routes that are available for our students at Key Stage 4, these include: Triple Science, Science and Additional Science and BTEC First Awards in Principles and Applications of Applied Science.

All GCSE courses follow the AQA specifications and qualifications are available from grades A*-G.  Each GCSE has a controlled assessment element worth 25%.  The remaining assessments are through terminal examination papers at the end of the courses. The following GCSE Science options are available:-

GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics – Separate Sciences
An option which is a very academic route particularly suited for those students who wish to study traditional A-levels in Science post 16.

GCSE Science + GCSE Additional Science
Two GCSE courses which are accepted as entry onto traditional A-level courses.  Each course consists of one biology unit, one chemistry unit and one physics unit which are assessed through terminal examinations.  There is also a controlled assessment unit for each course.

We also offer the following as an alternative route through the KS4 Programme of Study:

BTEC First Award in Principles of Applied Science
This course consists of four compulsory units, three are coursework units and one is an external examination paper.  This is a vocational route that is equivalent to one GCSE grade A*-C.  This is followed by the BTEC First Award in Application of Science which is also equivalent to one GCSE grade A*-C and has three coursework units and one external examination paper.

The faculty also offers BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care as an option subject.  The course is suited to students wanting to study in the context of a vocational sector and aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course.  This qualification provides learners with a taste of what the health and social care sector is like, enabling them to make informed choices about their future career.  The course consists of two compulsory core units, one which is assessed internally and one which is assessed through external examination.  There are then two further internally assessed units that can be selected from a range of six units.

From September 2016, the KS4 curriculum will be changing. Students starting in Y10 will follow the AQA triple science or trilogy specifications. Students taking triple science will sit two 1hr 45mins terminal examination papers per subject. These papers will be worth 50% each. Students following the trilogy specification will sit six 1hr 15mins terminal examination papers. Each paper will contribute 16.7% towards the final grade.

There will also be the option to follow the single/double award Entry Level Certificate course. This will be assessed through the completion of externally and internally set assignments.

STEM

Following the award of our recent STEM Assured status, STEM opportunities at High Tunstall College of Science have never been better or more plentiful. Following the creation of our Industrial Advisory Board, we now have members of the industrial and business communities working closely with our students and staff members on projects involving curriculum design, staff updating and mentoring opportunities. We have a full itinerary of STEM trips planned out for the coming academic year, as well as exciting opportunities available to all who choose them, delivered at the College on a weekly basis.

KS3 (Junior STEM club)
This is held each Wednesday after college and is aimed at Year 7, 8 and 9 students who have a passion and enthusiasm for Science.  In these sessions students will take part in a variety of STEM based activities and work towards achieving Bronze and Silver Crest Awards. Many of these sessions will also be supported by STEM mentors sourced from our industrial and business partners as well as other STEM providers in the area.

Future Scientists, Mathematicians, Engineers and Technologists
These sessions are aimed at Key Stage 4 students who are considering continuing with Science studies in college/University.  In these sessions external speakers will come in to speak to the students about careers in Science and how Science affects our everyday lives.  A timetable will be published in every lab. Some sessions will make use of programmes such as Futuremorph, where students will be given the opportunity to research careers in the field of STEM and then actually speak to a person currently living that career!

VEX Robotics

Following the introduction of the hugely successful VEX Robotics programme, there will be an opportunity for students to opt in to an after school club where various aspects of Robotics are studied.