We aim to provide a Science Education which will contribute to the overall development of each pupil and to make Science relevant to the needs of the pupil in everyday life.  The subject will help the pupils acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to subsequent study and/or career development.  In our lessons we aim to develop an awareness of the impact of Science on our world and our society and to inform pupils about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a fun and engaging learning environment.


Key Stage 3:

In Years 8 – 10 pupils study a range of topics from the three Science disciplines. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to allow pupils to experience a wide range of practical work and group activity.

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Safety and measurement Gases, elements and compounds

Blood and circulation

Cells Pollution Heat transfer
Solutions Astronomy Acids and alkalis
Electricity Food and digestion Dynamics
The Environment Sound Micro-organisms
Forces and Energy Materials Chemical reactions
Reproduction Light



In Glengormley High School we offer two courses to our key stage 4 students:

  • GCSE Double award Science (CCEA)
  • GCSE Single award Science (CCEA)


A Level

The study of A level science provides a basis for the further study, at tertiary level, of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and related courses. For those progressing directly into employment, an AS or A Level award is relevant not only in the fields of science, engineering and medicine, but also to areas of commerce and the public service in which problem-solving and practical skills are valued.

We currently offer the following A levels:

  • A-level Biology (CCEA)
  • A-level Physics (OCR)
  • A-Level Life and Health Science (CCEA)


Staff Resources:

Science Booking System 


Miss M Dowds – Head of Department

Mr A Hodge – Vice Principal

Mrs L Hodge – Biology / Year 8 Head of Year

Mrs A Thompson – Biology

Mrs S Sames – Chemistry / Year 9 Head of Year

Miss D Hanna – Biology

Dr J Williamson – Biology

Mr A Gault – Science 

Mr R Ingram – Senior Technician

The CCEA website contains specifications, past examination papers and exam time tables and can be accessed by clicking

The OCR website can be accessed by clicking

Years 11 & 12, simply click on the link below to access the science podcasts and revise whilst you are on the move!

The links below will help you with your revision:

For Key Stage 3 (Years 8-10)

For Key Stage 4 (Years 11 & 12)

For AS & A2 Level (Years 13 & 14)


Extra Curricular Science

Science Shack 4

Science Department help out with Ashgrove Science Week

The Science Department was delighted to accept an invitation from Ashgrove Primary School to take part in their Science Week. Miss Dowds, Mr Gault and three Ashgrove past pupils, Lucie, Dylan and Callum who acted as glamourous assistants attended the school. Two P6 classes had the chance to make Lava Lamps and launch Mini Rockets some which went higher than the building.


Year 13 Stem visit to YOLO

On Thursday 14th February Year 13 Science pupils participated in a science festival STEM event at YELO in Carrickfergus. Their task was to build and programme a buggy robot and race it on a racetrack against other teams.



Year 11 Visit Queen’s for Chemistry at Work

On Tuesday, Year 11 Double Award Science pupils participated in the Chemistry at Work event at Queens university, Belfast, alongside many other schools in Northern Ireland. The purpose of this event was to highlight the importance of Chemistry in the workplace and to make pupils aware of the many career options available by studying Chemistry both at GCSE and A-Level.

CAFRE Talks for Year 11 and 12 Science Students

A representative from CAFRE (College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise) gave a presentation to Year 11 and Year 12 pupils on the importance of Science in the workplace. CAFRE have 3 colleges in Northern Ireland which offer a range of courses and career options after GCSE and after A-Level.

Year 9 examing Materials in Science

Some Year 9 pupils beginning the Materials topic by trying to create the tallest free standing tower from straws and sticky tape, learning about the properties of materials but also how it is not always the material that is the most important but the design.

Year 11 Single Award model the penetrating power of radiation

Mr Laverty’s Year 11 Single Award Science class modelling the different penetrating power of radioactive emissions. Some pupils were alpha particles, some were beta particles and the final group were gamma rays.  They either penetrated or were stopped by different materials such as paper, lead and aluminium.

RAF Fun in Flight Roadshow

On Monday 27th November 2017 all year 10 pupils took part in a visit from the RAF STEM Roadshow. The roadshow was devised in response to the Governments acknowledgement that there is a shortfall of ‘home grown’ scientists and engineers.

‘Fun with Flight’ was a 50 minute jet fuelled presentation exploring the physics of flying. Students discovered how the physics they use in the class room is an integral part of the work that engineers undertake in the RAF and other engineering organisations.

Drones, balloons, airships and even jet engines were all used in draw dropping experiments.