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Cedars Upper School

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Team Leader: Mr L Beaumont
Team Leader e-mail address: lbeaumont@cedarsupper.org.uk

The Science Faculty has three part-time and 9 full-time teachers who are all well qualified, several having industrial and research experience. We have 8 laboratories for teaching at Years 9 - 11 and 3 A-level laboratories. These are supported by 3 dedicated technical staff.


In Year 9 students are taught Science for 6 periods per fortnight and cover an introductory topic before embarking on their GCSE studies prior to making their Option choices later in the year.

In Years 10 & 11 there are 2 GCSE options:

  1. Separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs - 3 specialist teachers, 13 periods per fortnight in Year 10 and 13 periods per fortnight in Year 11.
  2. Combined Science (Trilogy) GCSE – 8 periods per fortnight in Year 10 and 8 periods per fortnight in Year 11.


In Years 12 and 13, we offer A-Level qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Lessons are 9 periods per fortnight in Year 12 and 8 periods per fortnight in Year 13.

 A-Level Biology students attend a Field Course in the Autumn of Year 13. 

There are also opportunities for students to attend lectures out of school, which are organised when they are appropriate.


Science is a subject that now permeates everyone's life in all sorts of ways. Students need basic scientific knowledge so they can make informed decisions in future.

Science is important to everyone as it teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. Science aims to stimulate our natural curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way we do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. We, as children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way Science will affect our future on a personal, national and global level.

Good results in the sciences at GCSE are a necessary qualification for a wide range of A-levels, college courses and job opportunities.