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Science at St. John Fisher

 Catholic High School


If it's green or wriggles, it's biology.                     
If it stinks, it's chemistry.
If it doesn't work, it's physics.
~Handy Guide to Science         


Science is all around you!


What is it that wakes you up?

Where do your toiletries come from?                   

Who makes your clothes?

Who produces your breakfast?

How do you get to school?

Who built your school?

Who and what helps you learn?

How do you exercise?

Who keeps you healthy?

What contributes to your spare time?



Your future is in your hands …


It is estimated that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the time that they are 38. The top ten in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are preparing you for jobs that probably don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented yet, in order to solve problems that we don’t know are problems yet.


Your world is constantly evolving, there is an ongoing revolution in the way information is stored and accessed via the web. Due to the demands we make on the planet’s resources and the environment, we need to develop new or alternative solutions for nearly everything we do from fuel production to waste disposal.


By studying science at St. John Fisher you could have a fascinating and crucial role to play by:


Designing realistic alternative energy sources

Developing new modes of communication

Helping people to live more sustainably

Producing safe, environmentally friendly and healthy products, from aeroplanes to chocolate bars

Working with farmers to improve crop production

Protecting the environment and combating the effects of climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions and limiting global warming

Finding alternative methods for supplying clean water

Discovering new medicines and vaccines for treating killer diseases, techniques for surgery or gene therapy

And… there is still space to explore!


Will the next scientific breakthrough be your idea?


Science could be the key to your future.


Whichever career path you decide is best for you, you will keep your options open by studying science. Biology, Chemistry and Physics will give you an excellent foundation and enable you to go on to study them or other subjects further, including engineering, electronics and environmental science. Also, they provide you with the skills needed for all sorts of careers such as law, accountancy or business.


Grow your future: Biology is the science that deals with the life processes and habits of all living things, from tiny single cells to whole organisms and how they interact with each other and with their environment. It includes the study of plants (botany), humans (physiology and anatomy) and animals (zoology), genetics and microbiology.



Expand your horizons: Chemistry examines materials in terms of their structure, their physical and chemical properties, how they interact and what role they play in the living world.



Launch your life:

Physics is the science of matter and its motion, as well as space and time – it deals with concepts such as force, energy, mass, and charge, and helps us understand how the world around us behaves.


'The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.’

William Lawrence Bragg


What will science do for you?


By studying science learners can progress to well paid and respected jobs in various professions, such as:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Sports science 
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry 
  • Animal health
  • Music Technology


The skills you gain from studying science opens up more opportunities than you may have realised in other areas too.



For example:


• Finance

• Teaching

• Marketing

• Patent law

• Photography

• Art restoration

• Media and film production

• Food technology



…all use or build on the skills gained from studying science.



Science at St John Fisher is exciting, stimulating, motivating and rewarding, the skills that it will develop will prepare you for the future of your making.  




‘The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.’

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964



GCSE Courses Offered 


AQA Biology

 AQA Chemistry

 AQA Physics

AQA Science A

AQA Additional Science

AQA Additional Applied Science


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