The Science & Technology Faculty

Deirdre Wilson
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The Science Faculty


The science department is well resourced with a purposed-built suite of eight laboratories with associated facilities . It has highly-qualified and experienced staff who are enthusiastic about their teaching with excellent technical support from a qualified technician.

Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge

Stephen Hawking


We aim to ensure that;

  • Science is taught in such a way as to maximise students’ enjoyment and success.
  • The courses are designed to develop analytical and creative thinking skills.
  • The materials are relevant and stimulating to students with a high level of challenge for all students.
  • Practical work is integral to the learning experience of all students and is used to underpin and demonstrate scientific concepts.
  • Assessment is fully incorporated throughout lessons and through regular testing and marking of books.



As of September 2014, students in year 7 and 8 will be following the new science curriculum. Every science lesson is aimed to motivate students and prepare them for GCSE. The principle focus of our science teaching at Key Stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. This allows pupils to see the connection between these subjects and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. At Fearnhill, we encourage active learning in science; practical lessons allow students to work scientifically throughout Key Stage 3.

More information can be found by clicking on the buttons below

Chemistry GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

Biology GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

Physics GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

Science GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor


At Key Stage 4, students study OCR Gateway Science courses. The majority of students study for two GCSEs known as core and additional science. These cover a total of 4 units biology, chemistry and physics respectively during Years 9-11. Students must also complete a controlled assessment for both the core and additional GCSE which contributes 25% to each GCSE grade. Students take core exams at the end of Year 10 and complete additional exams at the end of Year 11. Course details, specifications and past papers can be found by clicking on the buttons below:

Core Science OCR websiteChemistry GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorBiology GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

“] Successful Advanced (A and AS) level courses for Biology, Chemistry and Physics are delivered. All science A Level students are issued with a range of textbooks and will follow the OCR specifications. All specifications have significant internally assessed components which contribute to the final examination grades. GCE Applied Science is also offered. This course is portfolio based and provides a broader introduction to Science at advanced level. Course details, specifications and past papers can be found by clicking on the buttons below:

AS/A Level GCE - Biology-H021,H421 OCR AS/A Level GCE - Chemistry A-H034,H434 - OCR




Extra-Curricular Activities

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About the faculty

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.

Don Norman

The aim of the Technology department;

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.





Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Food /Textiles Food /Textiles

In Textiles students develop hand skills embellishments through the making of a plushie toy and learn how to embellish with the use of beads, buttons and sequins Students also gain experience of using the sewing machines by producing a cushion cover with applique pattern design. Students have the opportunity to sample different print and dye techniques including; tie dye, screen printing and stencilling.

Food /Textiles

n Textiles students have the opportunity of using CAD/CAM to design and then laser cut their fabric for their chosen textile product.They can continue developing their product with the addition of more detail through LED’s attached to sewable electronic cells.Students build on their knowledge gained of sewing machines in year 8 by learning how to use a computerised embroidery machine and overlocker.


In RMT students will manufacture a coat hook working in metal and gain experience using a range of hand and machine tools. Students also gain experience of using CAD / CAM to manufacture a wooden puzzle and will then solder a simple circuit in electronics during the manufacture of a hand steady game. 2D Design software will be used for the CAD element of the work and Crocodile technology software will be used to test and model circuits.


In electronics the students make an executive lamp using a rainbow LED and a time delay circuit. The students continue their development and knowledge of CAD / CAM through the design and manufacture of the lamp wings in acrylic. If time allows, as an extension task, the students design and make a wall mounted clock in acrylic, MDF or laser plywood.


In RMT students design and manufacture a desk tidy / stationary holder using MDF, aluminium tube and acrylic. They will use a wide range of hand and machine tools during the making of their product and further develop their skill when using 2D Design for the CAD element of the course.

Technology GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

Key stage 4 Courses currently offered
Year 11 Hospitality and Catering GCSE WJEC Board

Catering with the current Year 11 using the WJEC examination board. The current GCSE Hospitality and Catering specification offers a unique opportunity for candidates to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within hospitality and catering in a vocational context. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work. The specification encourages the investigation and study of hospitality and catering in a variety of contexts and uses a range of assessment techniques to enable the candidate to respond through practical and investigative work.

Design and Technology: Resistant Materials(4560) AQA

RMT with the current year 10 & 11 using the AQA examination board. GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged. This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Year 10 Food and Nutrition GCSE WJEC Board

Food and nutrition with the current year 10 students again using the WJCE examination board. Unit 1: Principles of Food and Nutrition Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification 80 marks This unit will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions . Section A : questions based on stimulus materials . Section B : a range of question types to assess all content related to food and nutrition. Unit 2: Food and Nutrition in Action Non – examination assessment : internally assessed, externally moderated Assessment 1: 10 hours Assessment 2: 15 hours 60% of qualification 120 marks Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment : 20 % of the total marks available will be allocated to a scientific food investigation which will assess the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food. Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment 40% of the total marks available will be allocated to a task which assesses the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of dishes to form a menu . These assessments will be based on a choice of tasks released by WJEC annually

Home Economics Child Development (44580)

Child development to years 10 & 11 using the AQA examination board. his specification helps students develop their knowledge and understanding of child development issues in a diverse society and enables them to work in a variety of contexts. The two tasks for the controlled assessment provide a choice of a wide variety of topics.

Technology GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor-more informationYear 11 Hospitality and Catering-more informationYear 11 Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (4560)-more informationYear 10 Food and Nutrition GCSE (from 2016)more informationHome Economics: Child Development (4580)-more information