Science is the study of the world we are in and at Hartsdown our objective is that students are inspired by the beauty and complexity of the world. In chemistry we aim for our students to be responsible and aware of their impact on the environment. One of the many topics we study is environmental chemistry, which allows our students to understand the chemical basis behind many of the initiatives undertaken by governments and the business world. Biology is at the forefront of scientific research. The Covid19 research programme has shown the vital contribution of biology to society. Our objective at Hartsdown is to help the students of today understand biological concepts so that they can one day become the doctors and scientists of tomorrow. Physics has no limits: everything in life, all the way to the end of the universe and beyond, is related to Physics. We aim to inspire the next generation of physicists so they can surpass the limits of development and understanding and involve them in finding solutions to the problems we face in the 21st century. In physics, students develop practical skills that include planning and analysis of scientific research. Our department views Physics as something more than just a subject, and the objective is for students to understand the importance of research and the impact it has on our daily lives.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 students follow the challenging International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. This curriculum pushes them to understand scientific thinking Amongst other things students will learn:
- How to conduct experiments
- Electrical circuits
They will have lots of opportunities to investigate and analyse.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 students complete GCSE Science. This course is a great foundation for the sciences and allows students to go from Hartsdown to further studies and ultimately STEM based careers.
Key Stage 5
Hartsdown Academy Sixth Form IBCP Options
|BTEC Applied Science|
This qualification enables learners to acquire substantial scientific knowledge and practical scientific skills, including carrying out practical laboratory tasks, planning investigations, collecting, analysing and presenting data, and reviewing and refining the methodology of practical and laboratory-based work across biology, chemistry and physics topics which are linked to real-life applications of science.
In addition, you will be developing transferable knowledge and skills that will prepare you for progression to university to study subjects other than science.
The transferable skills that universities value include:
The qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels, and it has been designed as part of a two-year programme.
Learners will study six mandatory units:
Learners choose two optional units, which have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas. Optional units include:
|This course is assessed through a combination of written exams, practical exams and coursework assignments.|
|Future Courses and Possible Careers|
Pfizer Science Club
“I found science difficult but I received amazing support including mentoring and achieved a grade 7. The science teachers really support you to achieve your potential.”
“I am currently training to be a Paramedic and my experience at Hartsdown both in science and in Health and Social Care encouraged me to pursue this career.”
“Science is incredible we have got to make working electrical circuits and to experiment with chemical reactions.”
“I have loved science at Hartsdown. I love experiments and getting to learn new things.”