Year 8 to 10 at Key Stage 3 (KS3) follow the new Northern Ireland Curriculum.  Schemes of work are thematic with links to everyday life, careers in Science and other subjects across the curriculum.

The Key Elements are addressed throughout the schemes and there is a strong emphasis on Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities in lessons and assessments. 

Opportunities in Communication, Using Maths and ICT are also addressed in lessons and assessed through challenge tasks.

Year 8

The scheme is made up of 3 thematic units

1)   Becoming a Scientist

Skills and Safety


2)   Salt of the Earth

Investigating Road Grit

Linked with Technology Department, pupils make cars and test on different surfaces to investigate friction.


3)   Your Body Matters

Investigates Body Systems

Heart rate

Includes an ICT task

Year 9

3 modules of work:


–          In the Garden     

-          Study plants

-          Endangered Species Project


-          Electricity in the home    – Renewable Energy

-          Link to Geography and Technology

-          Using Maths – Paying for Electricity

Chemistry     -  Science in the Kitchen – from freezer to the table

Year 10

Biology – Water Pollution Project including podcasting and using Audacity software to record a radio broadcast.

Chemistry – CSI Module

Physics – Practical Assessment    



All pupils study GCSE Science at Key Stage 4 (KS4) 


80% of pupils study

GCSE Double Award Science (Modular) – CEA


6 units,         2 Chemistry

                    2 Biology                         75%

                    2 Physics                                  


Controlled assessment                25%

(Link to spec page)



GCSE Single Award Science – CEA

3 units –       1 Chemistry                    

                   1 Biology                75%

                   1 Physics


Practical Controlled Assessment   25%


CCEA GCSE Agriculture and Land Use

This course is aimed at pupils interested in the farming industry.  Progression from this course would be our new OCR BTEC Agriculture, further progression to places such as Greenmont or Harper Adams.

We have an Occupational Studies Course available:

Horticulture – This specification is designed to develop practical skills.  It is particularly suitable for those considering careers in horticultural industries eg floristry, organic/market gardening etc.


A Level

Key Stage 5 (KS5)

CCEA AS and A2 Biology

CCEA AS and A2 Chemistry

CCEA AS and A2 Physics

OCR BTEC Agriculture

New for 2017

CCEA Life and Health Science