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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry


In St. Joseph’s College, our science lessons are designed to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in world around them.  

It is the objective of the science department to enable pupils to become well informed, confident citizens in an increasingly technological world.  Pupils experience a variety of activities during their course of study and are given every opportunity to apply scientific knowledge and ideas to help them solve problems.  It is our aim that pupils begin to make personal decisions and judgements based on their scientific knowledge on issues concerning personal health and well being, safety and the care of the environment, as well as equipping them with the important skills necessary in the world of work.

Key Stage 3- Programme of Study

Year 8

  1. Investigating Science
  2. Materials
  3. Variety of life
  4. Acids & alkalis
  5. Electricity & magnetism
  6. Growing up

Year 9

  1. Staying Alive
  2. States of matter
  3. Our Universe
  4. Sight & sound
  5. Plants
  6. Elements, mixtures & compounds

 Year 10

  1. The Active Body
  2. Using Forces
  3. Chemical Reactions
  4. Variation
  5. Energy


 Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, there are 3 options open to students.

Students can study either CCEA Single Award Science or Double Award Science (both at foundation and higher tiers).

When studying single award science, students will complete 3 module exams as well as completing a controlled assessment task.  Module exams are taken in Year 11 & 12 and successful completion of this course will result in the awarding of 1 GCSE grade.

When studying double award science, students will complete 6 module exams and at least 2 controlled assessment tasks.  Module exams are taken in Year 11 & 12 and successful completion of this course will result in the awarding of 2 GCSE grades.

Students can also complete Entry Level Certificate Science, where they are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.  

For more information on these courses go to


Extra Curricular Activities

  • Sentinus Workshops
  • STEM visits to South West College, Dungannon
  • Field study trips to An Creagan Visitors Centre
  • Belfast Zoo outreach programme
  • ‘Science at Work’ trips to Loughry College
  • GCSE science tuition
  • Interactive roadshow visits in association with Think Differently.
  • STEM Club
  • Planetarium Visits