As a core subject, the study of Science is fundamental in preparing our students for an ever increasing technological world.  Science is taught by enthusiastic subject specialists.  We are a vibrant, academic department and we encourage all of our learners to achieve their best through an exciting curriculum based on theoretical and practical activities.  The study of Science is essential for many careers and we equip our learners with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the future. Over half of all students in the sixth form choose to study at least one A-level Science.

Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 all students follow an in-house programme of study that is largely based upon the National curriculum. The course is designed to be activity-and practical-based to make the learning both relevant and fun. They learn how to conduct practical work safely and methodically whilst investigating scientific principles then forming their own conclusions.  Students develop the necessary skills and scientific understanding to prepare them for their Science GCSEs in KS4.
Year 7

·         Cells

·         Particles

·         Energy

·         Reproduction

·         Acids

·         Electricity

·         Mixtures

·         Variation

·         Forces

·         Atoms and elements

·         Sound

Year 8

·         Combustion

·         Food and nutrition

·         Periodic table

·         Fluids

·         Breathing / respiration

·         Light

·         Energy transfers

·         Metals and their uses

·         Unicellular organisms

·         Earth and space

·         Plant reproduction

·         Rocks

Year 9

In Year 9 the students commence the GCSE Science course. This is detailed in the Key Stage 4 section.


Key Stage 4
Most students follow GCSE Combined Science Trilogy which will lead to 2 GCSE qualifications. Students will be taught by 3 staff specialising in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. They will build on concepts met during Key Stage 3. The exam board is AQA and students study the units listed below from Year 9 to Year 11.  Students will also complete 28 required practical tasks as part of the GCSE course.  They will be assessed on practical skills in their GCSE papers.


·         1. Cell biology

·         2. Organisation

·         3. Infection and response

·         4. Bioenergetics

·         5. Homeostasis and response

·         6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

·         7. Ecology


·         8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

·         9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

·         10. Quantitative chemistry

·         11. Chemical changes

·         12. Energy changes

·         13. The rate and extent of chemical change

·         14. Organic chemistry

·         15. Chemical analysis

·         16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

·         17. Using resources


·         18. Energy

·         19. Electricity

·         20. Particle model of matter

·         21. Atomic structure

·         22. Forces

·         23. Waves

·         24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Combined Science GCSE prepares students fully for further study at A level.

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