Skip to content ↓
Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence


The Science Department (Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Applied Science)

The enthusiastic Science Department aims to create an engaging and absorbing atmosphere for our students.  Our wide range of courses available at KS4 and KS5 has been particularly commended by OfSTED. 

Our teachers have cross-curricular skills which are shared with staff of all departments in CPD sessions, with the aim of contributing to the raising of standards across the school.

We are the Royal Society Associate School for Barnet. 

Key Stage 3 

We follow the KS3 National Curriculum for Science using a range of resources. Extensive ICT resources are used to consolidate learning and to assist those with different learning styles to succeed. We use practical science as part of our learning, and an emphasis is placed on helping students to understand how science in done. Lessons foster skills in logic and mathematics to nurture a problem-solving approach. Science literacy is an integral part of each science lesson.

Key Stage 4 

We follow OCR 21st Century Science specification for GCSE. Our most gifted students are offered the opportunity to do Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate GCSEs over year 9-11. Most students start with core Science in year 9 and will complete this GCSE by the end of Year 10.

For Year 11, there is a choice of Additional Science and BTEC Applied Science.

Subjects are taught by specialist teachers.

Key Stage 5 

Full A-Level courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology

We also offer Level 2 BTEC Applied science in one year, and Level 3 Diploma BTEC Applied Science over two years.

Many of our students go on to pursue interests discovered in KS5 studies at University or work.


To support our learners Science holds Year 7, 8 and 9 intervention sessions and many revision sessions throughout the year. We participate in 'AimHigher' sessions for Year 9, 10 and 11, ranging from days out to week-long residential courses held in Universities during the Summer Holidays.

Highly able Year 8 students are currently offered tutorials after school.

An after-school chess club is run by our senior technician, Mr Carter, which is open to both staff and students. Lunchtime sessions are also held for competition games.

Other clubs include:

  • STEM Club: an exciting time for KS3 students to build on their work in lessons to try out new experiments to solve problems
  • Ecowarriors: an environmental group which aims to make our school 'greener' through recycling and energy saving
  • Astronomy - run in the winter months after school

All our students are given the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom. 

Some activities that have been run recently are:

Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4

  Key Stage 5

Water  Rocket Competition at Roehampton (Yr 8)

BTEC visit to the Natural History Museum

Chemistry @ Work at Reading University (Yr 9)

AS Biology visit to Kew Gardens

Brilliant Club visits to Oxford & Cambridge 
Universities (Yr 9)

BTEC microbiology visit to The Crick 
Institute (NIMR), Mill Hill

National Science Conference at Royal Society of 
Pathology (Yr 11)

A Level Chemistry visit to The Crick 
Institute (NIMR), Mill Hill

Evolution Workshop at the Natural History
Museum (Yr 10)

Biology A2 Ecology Field Trip to Flatford Mill

Physics @ Work Conference (Yr 10)

The Royal Society Summer Exhibition

Wider Horizons Rocket Project (Yr 8 and Yr 9)

Lectures at The Crick Institute,
The Royal Society and University College