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Science is a subject of great importance to students and parents at Claremont. It's a subject that can fascinate and delight, develop skills and knowledge, provide excitement outside the curriculum, and open doors to thousands of different careers.
In Key Stage 3, Science is taught as one subject, and all three main disciplines are given equal time. At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSEs in Chemistry, Physics and Biology as well as Combined Science. Our GCSE results are consistently outstanding.
The Sciences are incredibly popular choices at A-level reflecting the dedication and hard work of the Science Faculty. The demand for Sixth Form places and separate sciences at GCSE was recognised by our governors, leading to extensive reconstruction and new, additional laboratories.
The Science Faculty is lucky to have 18 purpose-built science laboratories and Specialist Science Staff who all teach their specialism in Key Stage 4 and 5. We also have a dedicated team of technicians who provide us with the practical work that is crucial to helping children develop an understanding of the processes and theories in the subject. Each room has an interactive whiteboard and we also encourage the use of ICT to facilitate learning.
Programme of Study
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7 and 8 study topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics in their Science lessons. We follow a tailored course that gives the students the strong foundation they will need in their GCSEs, using a range of resources including Exploring Science.
Students have assessments at the end of each topic, plus summative exams which contribute to their overall attainment. An overview of the topics for Years 7 and 8 can be found below.
Key Stage 4
In Year 9, students begin their GCSE studies, learning the foundations of all three subjects. This enables them to have more time to adapt to the challenges of the new 9-1 course, and make an informed decision about continuing to Separate or Combined Sciences in Year 10. A summary of the courses is given below:
From the start of Year 10, students can follow two routes:
Separate Science students will achieve three GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. We are proud to have a high uptake of the Separate Sciences at Claremont.
Combined science students will achieve two GCSEs which reflect their attainment across topics from all three Sciences.
The exam board is Edexcel for all courses and the GCSEs are awarded under the new 9-1 grading system. All assessment at GCSE is by examination at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework. More information about the syllabus for each option can be found via the links below
Combined Science GCSE
This page is currently being updated. Content for each GCSE will appear here soon, along with a timeline of study in school.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)
Our courses for Chemistry, Biology and Physics are extremely popular, with several teaching groups for each subject in Year 12. We offer a linear course with external exams at the end of Year 13. Practical work is in the heart of our teaching and learning programme and all three departments offer opportunities for our students to undertake the Core Practical activities suggested by the exam boards as well as additional experiments that enhance our students' learning.
The exam board is Edexcel for Chemistry and Biology, and OCR for Physics.
Please click the links below for more information about our A level courses.
Biology A level
Chemistry A level
Physics A level
This page is currently being updated. Content for each A-Level will appear here soon, along with a timeline of study in school.
Destinations of recent Claremont leavers include Durham, University College London, Warwick, King's College, Loughborough, Edinburgh, UCL, Imperial, Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London and Reading.
Our students have successfully completed a wide range of courses including Medicine, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Optometry, Pharmacy, Biomedical Science, Engineering and Physics.
The Science department offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Dr Dusza’s popular Science Clubs, trips, workshops, lectures and challenge activities including the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad for Sixth Formers and Royal Society of Biology Challenge in Year 10.