Science

Staff: 

Mrs G. Jera (HOD)
Mrs, W. Mutavayi
Ms S. Nyanhanda
Mr I. Nhema

Lab Assistants:
Mr J. Marira
Mr. V. Chinaka

Overview: 

Science


The Science department is made up of four separate subjects; General Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

General Science is a course for students in Forms 1 and 2, after which students can either choose to specialise in biology, chemistry and physics subjects at IGCSE or choose Combined Science Extended/Core course.

In Form 1 and 2 students are taught topics from the following areas;

  • The Living World
  • The Material World
  • The Physical World
  • Planet Earth and Beyond

In each of the areas above students will learn what science is and how scientists work. They will develop the skills, attitudes, and values to build a foundation for understanding the world.

Biology
The IGCSE Biology syllabus enables students to better understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Students learn about the basic principles of biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. Students also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study, which are useful in everyday life.
As they progress, students learn how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.

At A Level students either choose a combination of Chemistry and Physics plus a third subject or Biology, Chemistry and a third subject. (Clarify combinations here).
AS/A Level Biology builds on the skills acquired at IGCSE. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of biological ideas in new contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge.

 

 Chemistry


In layman terms, Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it can undergo. Scientists refer to matter as anything that has mass and occupies space. Which is to say, anything you can touch or hold.

The IGCSE course follows on the General Science course studied in Form 1 and 2, by expanding the chemistry knowledge and broadening the horizons. AS/A Level chemistry then builds on and enhances these skills further. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of chemical ideas in new ways as well as on the acquisition of knowledge.

At Hillcrest College chemistry is meant to achieve the following aims;

  • To develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance.
  • To promote an interest in chemistry so that the study of the subject is enjoyable and satisfying.
  • To recognise the usefulness and limitations of the scientific world.
  • To prepare for scientific studies beyond secondary school.
  • To promote an awareness of chemistry and its applications.

The chemistry lessons involve theoretical and practical work, investigation and problem-solving activities. Throughout students learn to ask questions, design experiments to answer these questions and draw conclusions from the results.

                               

 

At present, we run Cambridge examinations (IGCSE and A Levels). These courses provide an excellent foundation for future careers and study beyond High school.

 

Physics

Physics is the branch of science that seeks to answer the questions, “How?” and “Why?”
Physics incorporates: Mechanics (force, motion, energy etc), Electricity (magnetism, electromagnetism etc), Wave Motion (light, sound, heat etc) and Atomic & Nuclear Physics.

We offer physics from Form 3 as an optional subject and A Level Physics builds on the knowledge and skills gained at IGCSE level. We have since built a proud reputation of producing students who have gone on to do well in physics related environments.

 

Facilities
There are 7 specialist laboratories. We are proud to have some of the very best equipped science laboratories in the country, barring none.