Devizes School Learning & Education


Mr D C James Science Head of Faculty & Head of Biology
Miss P Jones Science Deputy Head of Faculty & Head of Physics

Introduction to Faculty

The Science Faculty consists of the three separate Science subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Faculty is situated in a recently refurbished block of the School, arranged on two floors. There are nine specialist laboratories; rooms are spacious and light, all having interactive whiteboards or data projectors. There is a suite of fifteen networked computers in one laboratory and a full computer room available for use exclusively by Science classes.

The Faculty has undergone huge change in recent years, in order to provide a personalised curriculum which provides the opportunities for ALL our learners to succeed, according to their ability and aspirations – a fact recognised in our most recent OFSTED report. The KS4 curriculum begins in Year 9 with all students studying GCSE Science, from here they will either go on to study the separate sciences, gaining 3 GCSEs, or complete a dual award course (2 GCSEs covering all 3 specialisms). The separate sciences are taught at post 16 leading to AS, A2 and Level 3 BTEC qualifications.

The national curriculum is made up of a number of subjects, each of which is split into separate topics.

Extracurricular Opportunities

The Science Faculty aims to provide a broad range of activities to take Science “out of the classroom”

Some of our extra-curricular activities include

  • Science club.
  • Extra revision sessions for GCSE, AS and A Level pupils.
  • Planned activities for Science week in March.
  • BTEC Level 3 visit to Wadworth’s Brewery.
  • A Level Biology Field Trip to the Isle Of Wight.
  • Physics seminars for year 11 pupils.
  • Experience days in school for KS3 and KS4 AGAT students.
  • Year 12 involvement with Year 5 “WOW” days.
  • Encouragement to participate in open evening, demonstrating experiments.
  • Planetarium experience (in school) as a reward for nominated students.
  • Science Ambassadors; A small number of students in Years 7-10 and Year 12 who are responsible for organising and leading events of their choosing throughout the year. These students also assist with Year 6 induction lessons in the summer and the Primary School Science Fayre in Science Week.
  • Exciting projects with other faculties (particularly TED).

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 students follow a newly designed and resourced course structured around the new KS3 National Curriculum. This consists of separate units from Biology, Chemistry and Physics which are taught in rotation. The course is traditional in nature, teaching students key concepts, content, and ideas in each of the three science specialisms, whilst developing skills linked to scientific enquiry in preparation for KS4 and KS5.

In the first term in Year 7 all students complete a unit called “How to be a Scientist”. This is designed to equip them with the skills to design, complete and correctly record scientific investigations. This is consolidated throughout the rest of KS3 through investigation write-ups relevant to the content being studied, which are completed for Home Learning. These are assessed under the three main skill areas; Planning, Presenting results, and Conclusions & Evaluation. Other relevant Home Learning tasks are set by the class teacher on a regular basis.

Key Stage 4

Students begin their KS4 programme of study in Year 9 for Science. We follow the AQA specifications, with courses offered in Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics for 3 separate GCSE qualifications), or Combined Science (all 3 specialisms in slightly less depth for 2 GCSE qualifications) - please see the options booklet for full details.

KS4 Separate Science

Sixth Form

At KS5 we teach the three Science disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics at AS and A2. We also offer Level 3 BTEC qualifications which are equivalent to AS and A2 qualifications. Subjects are popular with class sizes of around 20 at AS. Biology and Chemistry follow the AQA specifications and Physics follows the OCR specifications. Please see the Sixth Form Prospectus for more details.

Devizes Sixth Form Prospectus Download


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