Science gives students the knowledge to explore and appreciate the world around us. We encourage students to have the understanding and confidence to pose and answer questions about the workings of the physical, biological, chemical and technological world in which we live.
Key Stage 3
KS3 Science is delivered across Years 7, 8 and 9 where students extend and consolidate their knowledge. Students are monitored and tracked to ensure progression and preparation to embark upon GCSE courses. The range and content of the course is delivered as units with timings of topics varying between groups. There is a good balance of both practical and theory lesson taught in our dedicated laboratories.
Year 7 Science Topics
Elements, mixtures, compounds and metals
Separating mixtures and acids
Year 8 Science Topics
Variation and adaptation
Key Stage 4
During Year 9, the prior knowledge gained throughout Key Stage 3 is enhanced, further preparing students for the KS4 courses via deeper levels of skills and knowledge. In Year 9 students begin their GCSE studies as part of specific topics during the year. Students are assessed throughout the year and sit an internal exam towards the end of the year. This assessment, in conjunction with continuous assessment during Year 9, will determine which students will be invited to take the Triple Science option in Year 10. All students take at least Double Science.
Year 9 Science Topics
Waves, light and sound
Earth, rocks and atmosphere
Atoms and Periodic Table
Convection, conduction, radiation
Year 10 – Science Spring and Summer Term Topics
Coronary heart disease
Bonding, structures, properties
Plant disease and monoclonal antibodies
Waves in air, fluids, solids
Chemical and fuel cells
Year 11 Science Spring and Summer Term Topics
AC/DC Mains Power
Masses, molecules, calculations
Rates of reaction
Identifying chemicals and titration
Year 11 only
GCSE Science Specification: AQA
Double Science – students study all three disciplines and gain two GCSEs (Science A and Additional Science)
Triple Science – students study each discipline to a higher level than in the Double Science programme. They will gain a GCSE in each subject ie three GCSEs-Science A, Additional Science and Further Additional Science
(Investigative Skills Assignments: ISAs)
The majority of the assessed coursework in Science is practically based and carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. One part of the coursework involves researching experimental methods outside of the classroom. Students will complete a number of ISAs and their best marks will be put forward. Each ISA contributes 25% of one GCSE.
Year 10 and below
GCSE Science Specification: AQA
GCSE Combined Science Trilogy – students study all three disciplines and gain a double award GCSE
Triple Science – students study each discipline to a higher level than in the Double Science programme. They will gain a GCSE in each subject ie three GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
There is no controlled assessment or coursework for these GCSEs.
AQA has introduced a stronger emphasis on literacy in Science and marks will be deducted in exams for spelling and grammar mistakes. Students will therefore be working on extended writing tasks during their Science lessons.
For Subject Content and Assessment for each GCSE Science Specification (see codes below), click on the link:
Science A (4405) represents Core Science (Double Science)
Additional Science (4408)
Further Additional Science (4410)
Triple Science encompasses each of the above specifications
Combined Science Trilogy (8464)
Key Stage 5
A summary of the exam boards for each KS5 Science course:
Biology – Edexcel
Chemistry – Edexcel
Physics – Edexcel
A wide variety of trips, visits, presentations by external speakers and competitions related to science are arranged and offered to different groups of pupils at all key stages. The aim of this is to provide science enrichment opportunities in a number of different contexts.
More detailed course information is on the Portal.