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Key Stage 3

This 2 year course is taught to year 7 and 8. The aim of the KS3 science programme is to provide students with the foundations to understand the world through biology, chemistry and physics.  Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity, students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Students are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all students:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Students learn through a large variety of both practical and written methods to develop the understanding of all learners.  In year 7 students are set according to their KS2 results. In years 8 students are set depending on their assessment results throughout the previous academic year, an average of these results is taken, students are ranked and then set by science ability.

Year 7 Areas of study

  • B1 Cells, Tissues and Organs & Organ Systems
  • B2 Reproduction and Asexual Reproduction
  • B3 Environment, Adaptation, Variation & Classification
  • C1 Particles and Atoms
  • C2 Pure and Impure Substances
  • C3 chemical Reactions and Energetics
  • P1 Energy Changes
  • P2 Forces & Space
  • P3 Electricity

Year 8  Areas of Study

  • B4 Gas Exchange & Reproduction
  • B5 Genetics and Evolution
  • B6 Photosynthesis, Nutrition & Digestion
  • C4 The Periodic Table
  • C5 Materials
  • C6 The Earth and the Environment
  • P4 Observed Waves
  • P5 Moments, Pressure & Motion
  • P6 Magnetism, Generating Electricity, Fuels and Costs

In  Year 9 the students start the  AQA triple science syllabus

  • AQA GCSE Biology (8461) Cell Biology and Organisation
  • AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462) Atomic Structure, Periodic Table and Structure & Bonding
  • AQA GCSE Physics (8463) Particle Model of Matter and Atomic Structure

Key Stage 4

The aim of the KS4 study of science is to fire pupils curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations.  It engages learners, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

The study of science is compulsory at KS4.  Students can opt to take triple science, resulting in an individual GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or study Combined Science resulting in two GSCEs.  Students are set according to their average achieved level in year 9.

For each science students study a range of topics giving a thorough understanding to enable successful onward study at A level and beyond.  For each subject a range of practical skills are practised and a significant portion of the marks in the exam are based on the assessment of these skills.

Our exam board is AQA and more information on each subject can be found at by following the links to Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science Trilogy.  Further information can be gained by contacting Karen Lynn – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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