Department Overview

Science is a rapidly progressing subject where we aim to prepare all students with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of the evolving scientific world around them.

We seek to:

  • Foster the spirit of scientific enquiry
  • Relate subject knowledge to the world around the pupils
  • Develop safe and investigative practical skills
  • Explain the technological and environmental applications of science
  • Explore the economic, ethical and social implications of scientific developments
  • Challenge preconceptions and engage pupils with the scientific world


Key Stage 3

Students follow a two year KS3 course, designed by AQA to develop not only scientific knowledge but also the skills needed to work scientifically. This knowledge and skills base provides the stepping stones for the GCSE course.

Students are assessed through summative, end of unit tests In addition there will also be a range of formative assessments. These include presentations, models, information leaflets, brochures, project work and practical investigations.

We advise a KS3 revision guide to be purchased from School to help students with independent learning.

Year 7 and 8 Topics
·         Organisms

·         Earth

·         Matter

·         Waves

·         Forces

·         Genes

·         Reactions

·         Ecosystems

·         Electromagnets

·         Energy

Key Stage 4

We teach the GCSE courses from Year 9 and offer two alternative GCSE routes. The course that students follow is the AQA GCSE specification.

There are two routes through this course, Trilogy – where students study a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, achieving two grades at the end of Year 11, and Separate Science, with students achieving three separate grades, one for Biology, one for Chemistry and one for Physics.

As all colleges and universities accept two science qualifications to study science post 16 and post 18, the majority of our students study the Trilogy (2 science qualification) option. Triple science will now be an option for those students in year 9 who have a great passion to spend more of their time studying science.

The specification for combined science can be accessed here.

The specification for Biology can be accessed here.

The specification for Chemistry can be accessed here.

The specification for Physics can be accessed here.

All student have to complete required practical work set by the exam board which they can be assessed on in their final exams. all grades are achieved through terminal examinations at the end of year 11.

We advise that the appropriate GCSE revision guide be purchased from school to help the students with independent learning.

Units Studied
B1 – Cell Biology C1 – Atomic structure and the       

        periodic table

P1 – Energy
B2 – Organisation C2 – Bonding, structure and the

        properties of matter

P2 – Electricity
B3 – Infection and response C3 – Quantitative chemistry P3 – Particle Model of Matter
B4 – Bioenergetics C4 – Chemical changes P4 – Atomic Structure
B5 – Homeostasis and response C5 – Energy changes P5 – Forces
B6 – Inheritance, variation and evolution C6 – The rate and extent of chemical change P6 – Waves
B7 – Ecology C7 – Organic chemistry P7 – Magnetism and electromagnetism
C8 – Chemical analysis P8 – Space Physics (Physics only)
C9 – Chemistry of the atmosphere
C10 – Using resources

Other GCSE Courses

In addition to the ‘traditional GCSE courses, the Science Department also runs the following courses that can be selected as a GCSE options :

  • GCSE Psychology (OCR) –  Miss Baynes.

The course looks into the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Students study psychology at an introductory level, however they gain enough insight into the subject to enable them to develop a rounded knowledge of key psychological approaches, processes and issues.

  • BTEC (Edexcel) Health and Social Care – Mrs King and Mrs Sawyer

This course is designed to give enable students to a broad knowledge and understanding of and develop skills in the health and social care sector. The course consists of four modules; Values in Health and Social Care, Equality and Diversity and Health Promotion are all assessed with coursework. Human Growth and Development is assessed via an external exam.

  • BTEC Children’s play, learning and development. – Mrs K Tattersall 

This course looks at the essentials of child development and helps you to gain an understanding of development, play and the early years setting, investigating such questions as why 2 year olds often play alone, but 4 year olds love being with other children?

Additional trips and clubs.

The department also runs several clubs, such as the Year 7 Science Club and the popular Young Zoologist Club. allowing students to work closely with the small animals within the department, ranging from a turtle to the rats. As well as caring for the animals, with the opportunity to look after them in the school holidays, the students also broaden their understanding of animal  welfare and zoology.

In addition to clubs and trips, the department has been involved in many STEM activities, working collaboratively with the Technology and Maths departments on many ventures over a range of year groups.

The department also runs various trips which include:

  • A visit to meet Helen Sharman (the first British woman in Space)
  • Science Life Centre in Newcastle
  • Durham University Science Fair
  • Brain Cox – Stargazing Live
  • STEM Lecture by Lord Professor Robert Winston