Science

Science holds a unique place in the curriculum by providing students with a wide and varied body of knowledge supported by experimental and investigative work. Our aim is to inspire students with a love of science and a curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them.

The information given in these pages gives a flavour of the material covered from KS3 to KS5 and if you have any question or queries about any aspect of the faculty, the staff listed below will be pleased to help.

Key Stage 3

During Year 7, students study the following:

  1. Working Scientifically
  2. Cells
  3. Structure and function of body system
  4. Reproduction
  5. Particles and their behaviour
  6. Elements, atoms and compounds
  7. Reactions
  8. Acids and alkalis
  9. Forces
  10. Sound
  11. Light
  12. Space

During Year 8, students study the following:

  1. Health and lifestyle
  2. Ecosystem processes
  3. Adaptation and inheritance
  4. The periodic table
  5. Separation techniques
  6. Meals and acids
  7. The Earth
  8. Electricity and magnetism
  9. Energy
  10. Motion and pressure

 

GCSE - Year  9 (new specification)

Students will begin their GCSE course at the start of Year 9.

The units covered in year 9 will be as follows:

Biology:  

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Ecology

Chemistry:

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Chemical changes
  3. Chemistry of the atmosphere

Physics:

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter

GCSE – Year 10 and 11

At GCSE, the majority of students follow the AQA Double Award specification at Foundation Level(G – C) or Higher Level (D-A*) achieving two grades at GCSE.

AQA Science: Double Award (Coordinated)

This involves the study of:

Biology 

  • Cell Activity
  • Humans as Organisms
  • Green Plants as Organisms
  • Variation, Inheritance and Evolution
  • Living Things in their Environment

Chemistry 

  • Classifying Materials
  • Changing Materials
  • Patterns of Behaviour

Physical Processes

  • Electricity
  • Forces and Motion
  • Waves
  • The Earth and Beyond
  • Energy Resources and Energy Transfer
  • Radioactivity

Coursework

  • Investigative Skills
Students may also be offered the option of taking science: Biology; Chemistry and Physics. This includes all of the above together with some additional subject knowledge and coursework.