Why Study Science?
The DYCA science department boasts a committed team of enthusiastic, highly qualified staff whose expertise covers a range of subjects. Learning is facilitated by eight modern, fully equipped laboratories.
Our aim is to stimulate students' thirst for knowledge and prepare them for a life in a world of ever increasing scientific and technological advancement. Students will learn the applications and power of science whilst developing their understanding of its role in modern life. To allow students to fulfil their potential we have created a range of pathways which will provide them with the best opportunities to develop successful careers in science.
At Key Stage 3 we follow an accelerated scheme of work which students study for two years before moving on to GCSEs or BTECs. The Key Stage 3 curriculum is taught in single sex classes. Freshers are taught six topics: two each of physics, chemistry and biology, each topic lasting one teaching block. Six further topics are taught in Prep year.
Each topic is assessed using APP (Assessing Pupils Progress) tasks which take the form of a piece of research, an experiment or a scientific planning exercise; there is also a levelled end of topic test. Students should expect to receive one piece of relevant homework each week; this will commonly be peer marked and used as a means of target setting.
At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to study Edexcel GCSE Core and Additional Science and separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Alternatively students can study the vocational BTEC Principles of Applied Science. Edexcel have developed a new suite of qualifications for science that enable students to fulfil their potential; the courses aim to put good science at the heart of teaching, learning and assessment. They have created a clear and detailed specification which has examination papers designed and trialled to be.
Extra Curricular Activities
- Tmental Science club showcases the most exciting science experiments that staff enjoy!
- Science and Engineering Week, including: CSI Seacroft, a Balloon Race, pig's head dissection and a university physics visit.
- Fresher and Prep participation in Salter's Festival of Chemistry at various universities throughout the country.
- Christmas lectures at Leeds University.
- Sixth Form residential field trip.
- Trip to the Science Museum, London.
- A full programme of support is available to our Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students for revision and exam preparation, hosted by subject specialists.