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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley




Mr C McCay (HOD)
Mrs S Boyle (Health Co-ordinator)
Mr R McCullagh
Mr M O’Hare (VP)


Mrs T Cunningham

Important Dates Coming up

4th December 2012 – Year 13 Trip to Queen’s
9th January – Year 11 Double Award Science Biology Exam
11th January – Year 13 Unit 2 AS Applied Science Exam

Key Stage 3 Science

The KS3 science units extend the pupils scientific experience from primary school and continues to develop an appreciation of the importance of science in every day life and the world of work. The three areas of study at this level are:

  • Life processes and living things.
  • Materials and their properties.
  • Physical processes.

In Year 8 the boys receive four periods of science per week. A good balance of curriculum content along with practical and investigative science is taught from early in year 8 onwards.

Key Stage 4 Science

For Key Stage 4 students have a number of pathways to choose from. We offer a vocational route through an OCR National Level 2 in science worth a single grade at GCSE. This allows pupils to achieve their full potential and gain valuable experience in preparation for using science in the work place and gains students valuable practical, ICT and problem solving skills. This pathway is taught over 6 periods of Science per week and the majority of the work is non-exam, portfolio based.

For a more academic route, the department offers Double Award Science. Here, students can achieve their full academic potential worth two GCSE grades at the end of year 12. Two separate science GCSEs in Science are studied over year 11 & 12. Science A and Additional Science for the AQA syllabus are studied over 10 periods per week.

A-Level Science

The academic pathway can be continued at AS and A2 level as the department offers the AQA Applied Science course and is ideal for students perusing career in the science, medical or health industries, and is ideal for students wishing to move on to higher education at University.

A-level students have access to their own Science Department Study room. This provides a good learning environment with access a library of science resources, computer access and wifi for personal computers.

Science Club

The Science Club runs once a week from 3 – 4pm. All students are welcome, but it is generally aimed at the junior school. Students can come along and enjoy some amazing science with friends. They can take part in fun experiments and exciting science investigations like:

  • Make Slime
  • Crystal Growing
  • Alien Blood
  • Fizzy Volcano
  • DNA from Bananas?!
  • Bottle Rockets

One extension of the science club has been to compete in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. This annual competition in Dublin may one day find it’s next young scientist is a pupil of Edmund Rice College.


The Science Department has its very own Eco-garden with dipping pond, raised beds for growing fruit and veg, willow arch and dome, work benches, nature trail and even our own bridges! This natural resource is located at the rear of the school and is widely used by science students for collecting insects and plant samples, measuring pollution, water sampling and much more. We even aim to grow our own fruit and veg to cook in the Home Economics Department.

School Trips

Students from all Key Stages of Science will experience educational and fun trips as part of a broad science curriculum to places like:

  • W5
  • Armagh Planetarium
  • BT Young Scientist at RDS Dublin
  • STEM work shops

Science Labs and Facilities

There are 5 fully equipped Science Labs in the department. Each lab is kitted out with a wide range of equipment, Interactive Whiteboards, access to mobile laptops and wifi, and even the departments very own Eco-garden on the school grounds.

Examination Results

The GCSE results obtained by pupils in Science at both single and double award have been consistently above the national average. This achievement is due to enthusiastic department members, science resources available to the students, and the many number of science based extra-curricular activities run by the department for the students.