Aims of the Department
We aim to equip our students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to engage with the key scientific and technological issues of today. Our lessons are engaging and carefully structured to facilitate the development of the key concepts required to gain an in-depth understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Many of our students also aspire to study science further in order to pursue careers in disciplines such as engineering and healthcare. Whilst at Trinity all students receive the support from science specialists that will help them excel, whatever their motivation is for studying science.
Strengths of the Department
Students have a wide range of opportunities through our strong links with our local partners such as the University of Manchester and the Manchester Museum. These involve our students working with staff and students from these institutions both in school and off-site, at all levels - from Year 7 to Year 13. Our teaching team (both teachers and technicians) are supportive, enthusiastic, well-qualified subject specialists who are dedicated to get the best out of each one of our students.
The sciences are popular choices at Trinity, with many students opting to study three GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) rather than the two compulsory (Combined Science). Our results have been consistently excellent with students achieving grades 8 and 9 across the three subjects. Our post-16 provision is broad, with A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science. Students make excellent progress from their GCSE starting points and have been accepted onto competitive courses such as medicine at leading Universities.
KS3 Science Curriculum
We have developed our own curriculum at Key Stage 3 so that the learning of concepts and skills is built on a solid foundation of understanding. Our Key Stage 3 begins at the start of Year 7 and is completed at the February half term of Year 9, when students begin the study of the GCSE curriculum. Each term students study a block of work which is based on one of the three scientific disciplines. The key topic areas which students study are:
Cells, reproduction and digestion
Particles and changes
Forces, energy and space
Waves and forces
Organ systems and immunity
Elements, compounds and mixtures
Interdependence, genetics and evolution
Acids and alkalis, chemical reactions
Electricity and waves
KS4 Science Curriculum
All students at Trinity study a minimum of GCSE Combined Science (a double award course worth two GCSEs). Many add to their scientific studies by opting to study three courses; GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. GCSE Combined Science is offered at Foundation (grades 1-1 to 5-5) and Higher (grades 4-4 to 9-9). GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics is a Higher Tier only option for students who are aiming for grades 6 and above.
These courses are from the AQA ‘Trilogy’ suite of examinations. All the marks for the qualifications are from six terminal examinations which students sit in the summer of Year 11.
GCSE Combined Science
Students will learn aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics across the two years.
Final grades are dependent on the total marks from all six examinations.
There is a significant mathematical content across all the courses, and students will practice applying Maths skills to a wide range of science contexts.
Students are expected to support their learning by completing study and revision tasks at home – those who regularly review their understanding achieve the best results at the end of the course.
GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Sometimes referred to as ‘Triple Science’ or ‘Separate Science’, these courses cover a broader curriculum than Combined Science and lead to the awarding of three GCSE grades. Students are taught and examined in each subject separately. The grade awarded for each subject is dependent on the score in the two exams for that subject.