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Intent

Science at Bromley Beacon Academy is focused on making lessons fun, accessible and interesting with the aim of empowering students with scientific methodology they can use throughout their adult lives. The courses students follow applied science and technology courses to fully facilitate this.

At the same time out intention is to equip students with the tools they need to think and act analytically and critically, while being able to move into science-based work placements and careers in healthcare, sports, education and laboratory work.

Implementation

Key to implementing the science technology curriculum is ensuring that pupils:

  • develop critical thinking skills;
  • develop an ability to analyse;
  • carry out high-level problem solving.

We have created a knowledge-led curriculum to achieve these objectives and demonstrate impact which are built on a structured ladder of qualifications.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum - Year 9

All students follow two courses in Healthy Living and The Nature and Application of Energy, Waves and Radiation. This teaches them about looking after the bodies and minds of themselves and others as well as about the way energy works. This coupled with trips to the Sea Life Centre, Greenwich Observatory, the Hawking Centre and Wingham Wildlife Park round out and balance their experiences throughout the year. All students end Year 9 entering for the Level 1 Award in Science and Technology.

If food technology is chosen as an option, students will move on to the Level 2 Award and Certificate in Science and Technology (Years 10/11) where they will have the opportunity to stretch themselves to Merit and Distinction levels. Students will study courses in:

  • Biology and our Environment
  • Healthy Living
  • Effective Communication in the workplace
  • Using ICT in the workplace

These courses have been carefully chosen to equip students with skills they can use in life and in their future careers. They will empower students to:

  • Understand and look after their environment and make informed decisions about how to best utilise global resources.
  • Tailor their exercise and dietary plans to match changing needs.
  • Understand how best to communicate with others in a working environment.
  • Be able to exploit a wide range of ICT tools in the workplace, within a scientific context.

The course also develops the learners’ time management and team working skills as well ask encouraging them to reflect on how science in the workplace works in real life.

Main Route
9 Gateway Applied Science and Technology Level 1 award
10 Gateway Applied Science and Technology Level 2 award (working towards)
11 Gateway Applied Science and Technology Level 2 certificate

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