We are incredibly excited about the prospect of seeing young people develop during their time at Beauchamp and want to work closely in partnership with parents/carers and their children. Making a decision about where to send your child to study can often be difficult, however we believe that Beauchamp offers the very best opportunity for academic success and the most rewarding journey from Year 7 to 11 and onto KS5, work, or further training.
The high standards and aspirations of our young people coupled with inspirational teaching means students at Beauchamp College demonstrate exceptional achievement and we are proud of the fact that Beauchamp is consistently placed among the best schools in Leicestershire and beyond. This success is based on the commitment and curiosity of the wonderful Beauchamp students, encouraging parent/carer engagement, the enthusiasm and experience of all staff, and the supportive monitoring of academic and holistic development of all learners.
As our students come from a range of cultural, ethnic, economic, linguistic and faith backgrounds, this has greatly enriched our daily college experience as we learn together and from one another. Inspired by this diversity we believe in pursuing excellence and equity for all. As a result, every year our students prove they can compete successfully in all fields as they move onto university, work and other training opportunities such as apprenticeships.
We feel privileged to work at Beauchamp and believe it is a fantastic college that provides our students with a high quality education, continual support and a huge range of other opportunities. To get a flavour of this we invite all prospective students and their parents/carers for a tour of our college during the college day so that you can get a true view of our daily college routine.
Over the last two years, Beauchamp has run close to 100 trips. Some of the highlights included trips to France, Tanzania and Los Angeles. Out-of-classroom learning makes a unique contribution to a students’ education and offers many varied benefits. At Beauchamp College students have many opportunities to access these activities within various departments. During the Summer of 2018 students and staff travelled to Tanzania to take part in voluntary work with Camps International. In 2020 a similar trip will take place to Costa Rica. Students have also had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles with Media Studies. A ski trip to Austria is planned for 2019 which will enable many students to demonstrate their resilience, as they master their technique. Many UK residentials have also taken place during the year.
At Beauchamp, our aim is to provide a curriculum that engages and challenges all students and supports our vision of academic excellence and holistic development. The introduction of our KS3 provision in September 2017 has enabled us to view our curriculum as a 7 year journey which will equip our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to progress through life with confidence and engender a life-long love of learning.
On behalf of all students, staff, governors and parents, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and to Beauchamp’s Alumni Society. Let me take this opportunity to introduce the aims of the Alumni Society to you and commend its intention to seek your involvement and support for our students and for your past college.
This course provides a wider science education than combined science. It counts as an option subject (you will have 3 more periods of science per week than combined science students).
We teach A-level assuming that students have not done this course. It is appropriate only if students have a very strong interest in science. All of the medical schools we have contacted have said they do not mind whether students have taken dual or separate sciences for admission to medical school.
The course includes a number of practicals which are specified by the DfE and we do others as appropriate.
AQA Biology; AQA Chemistry; AQA Physics
8 x 50 minutes
Three grades at GCSE: one for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are two tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher.
Separate Sciences might be a suitable choice for students who particularly like Science. It is not necessary to take separate sciences for careers in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science and it does limit your breadth of experience at GCSE.
The Chemistry and Physics units have quite a high Maths content compared with the rest of the science course.
Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology
Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources
Energy, electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Space physics.
These are identical to the combined science units, with the exception of space physics. The separate science units have slightly more content compared with the combined science units.
Everything is examined in 6 papers at the end of Year 11. These papers are slightly longer than the equivalent Combined Science papers.
Each exam is 1 hr 45 mins (100 marks)
These examinations will test your knowledge of both the theoretical components of the course and the required practicals which you will have met during the two years.
We teach Separate Sciences students separately from the Combined Science students. There tend to be two separate science groups in each population. The Separate Science students are not allocated sets according to ability. Students are allocated to their group depending on their other option choices.
The classes have a full range of ability but the majority of students are relatively good at science.
Some students say that separate science is helpful if you go on to study A level science. However, we assume that students haven’t done separate sciences when we teach A-levels.
If students have done separate sciences and want to do Biology, Chemistry or Physics at A-level, one of their two science 6 grades must be from the corresponding GCSE.
Students have eight 50 minute science lessons each week. All our science teachers are science graduates.
We run a variety of trips and other extracurricular opportunities for students (often within a STEM context).