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Through our science curriculum, we aim to develop individuals who have a curiosity to be able to ask the right questions and have the skills and knowledge to be able to answer these, and to understand the implications of the answers. Science is vital to the future of our world and we teach our students the essential knowledge and skills which they need to better understand it. We provide students with the foundations for understanding our world through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, enhanced with practical experiences which we hope will ignite within them a curiosity and excitement to find out more. We ensure that students have a firm knowledge and skill base to be able to confidently progress between Key Stages. 

GCSE Science 

Students have two options to study GCSE Science, both of which follow the AQA specifications.

‘GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy’ is a two GCSE course where students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are taught by subject specialists and have 3 lessons of each subject a fortnight.

AQA 8464: GCSE Combined Science TrilogyScience TL Final A1 print

Examinations take place at the end of  Year 11, there are two exams per subject and the GCSE grades achieved are an average of the 6 exams. This means that students achieve a pair of grades that represent their achievements across all three subjects.

Students opting to take the separate science courses take separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are taught by subject specialists and there are, on average, 4.5 lessons a fortnight of each subject across Year 10 and Year 11. Examinations take place at the end of  Year 11, there are two exams per subject and as they are separate GCSEs each grade is unrelated to the other subjects.

AQA 8461: GCSE Biology

AQA 8462: GCSE Chemistry

AQA 8463: GCSE Physics

Required Practicals form part of both courses and students gain mastery of practical techniques across Biology, Chemistry and Physics by completing these practicals first-hand. Questions in the AQA examinations test students’ knowledge, analysis and evaluation skills of these important practical activities.

KS5 Biology, Chemistry, Physics

All three A Level courses follow the AQA specification. The courses are delivered by subject specialists in subject specific labs and students have 9 lessons per fortnight. Examinations take place at the end of Year 13, there are 3 exams which are each equal to approximately 33% of the course. Students taking the AS course are co-taught with A level students as the Year 12 curriculum is common content. In addition to the exams there are 12 required practical activities in the course. Students are judged on their practical competence and receive a pass when they successfully complete these activities.

AQA 7402 A Level Biology

AQA 7405 A Level Chemistry

AQA 7408 A Level Physics

Facilities

Students are taught in one or more of the 13 labs in the Science Faculty, 6 of which have been recently refurbished.

Extra Curriculum

A range of extracurricular activities are available to students in all key stages, in addition to the extensive support sessions available. These include:

  • Science Craft Club
  • Rubik’s club
  • Women of Science Society
  • STEM club

Key Stage 3 Learning Objectives

Year 7

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5
  • Energy 
  • Energy Costs
  • Energy Transfer
  • Organisms
  • Cells
  • Movement 
  • Matter
  • Particle Model
  • Separating Mixtures
  • Genes
  • Human Reproduction
  • Variation 
  • Electricity 
  • Current
  • Potential difference and resistance 
  • Reactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Metals and non metals 
  • Forces
  • Speed
  • Gravity
  • ecosystems
  • Interdependence
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Earth 
  • Earth structure
  • Universe
  • Waves
  • Sound
  • Wave Effect

Year 8 

Unit 6 Unit 7 Unit 8 Unit 9 Unit 10
  • Energy 
  • Work
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Genes
  • Inheritance
  • Evolution
  • Matter
  • Periodic Table 
  • Elements
  • Organisms
  • Breathing
  • Digestion 
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnets
  • Reactions
  • Chemical Energy
  • Types of Reaction 
  • Forces
  • Contact Forces
  • Pressure
  • Ecosystems
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Earth 
  • Climate
  • Earth Resources
  • Waves
  • Light
  • Wave Properties

Year 9

Unit 1 Unit 2 End Of Key Stage 3 Exam

Genetics and Evolution

Making Materials

Forces and Motion

Triplet Test 1

Plant Growth 

Reactivity

Force and Fields and Electromagnets

Triplet Test 2

After the end of Key Stage 3 exam,  students start to study GCSE, with a focus on key skills and introductory content. 

 

Key Stage 4 Learning Objectives

Exam Board

AQA

Assessed by

Written examinations

Overview

Aspects of all three Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, must be studied at GCSE in order to fulfil National Curriculum requirements.

There are two options available for students:

  1. Students gain two GCSE Science grades

Or

  1. Students can opt for a wider breadth of Science by taking the three separate Science GCSEs (Triple Science). 

Students are advised to discuss these options with their Science teachers.  Whichever alternative is chosen, lessons are taught by specialist staff in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Both routes contain the same level of challenge, allowing students to fulfil their potential and both are suitable for progression to A-levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics following a good performance at Higher Level.

Option 1 - GCSE “Combined Science: Trilogy” (AQA):

This route allows students to keep their options open and to study a wider range of other subjects at GCSE (approximately half of our students usually choose this option).  This Combined Science course consists of equal proportions of Biology, Chemistry and Physics; it is taught as separate subjects and all the exams will be at the end of Year 11.  By following this route, students will obtain two GCSE grades in “Combined Science: Trilogy”.

(Please note that we do not offer the GCSE in “Combined Science: Synergy” which is an Integrated Science course and not suitable as a basis for studying A-level in the future).

Option 2 - Triple Science - GCSEs in “Biology”, “Chemistry” and “Physics” (AQA):

For those students who have proven ability in Science and are considering a university course or career in the Sciences, then the separate Science GCSEs are recommended.  This will mean that they will obtain three GCSE grades, one each in “Biology”, “Chemistry” and “Physics”, each of which may be a different grade.  This is the best option for students who are likely to take Science A-Levels.

Key Stage 5 Learning Objectives

Physics Biology Chemistry
  • Further Mechanics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Biological Molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes ion their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression  
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic and Physical Chemistry
  • Practical Skills, data handling and synopsis