Key Stage 3 Science

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. Examples of these big ideas are the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions. Pupils are encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations. Pupils develop their use of scientific vocabulary, including the use of scientific nomenclature and units and mathematical representations.

Key stage three science is taught over two years, which prepares them for the challenges of GCSE.

Year 7 topics                                               


·        Speed

·        Gravity


·        Voltage and resistance

·        Current


·        Energy costs

·        Energy transfer


·        Sound

·        Light


·        Particle model

·        Separating mixtures


·        Metals and non-metals

·        Acids and alkalis


·        Earth structure

·        Universe


·        Movement

·        Cells


·        Interdependence

·        Plant reproduction


·        Variation

·        Human reproduction


Year 8 topics


·       Contact forces

·        Pressure


·        Electromagnets

·        Magnetism


·        Work

·        Heating and cooling


·        Wave effects

·        Wave properties


·        Periodic table

·        Elements


·        Chemical energy

·        Types of reaction


·        Climate

·        Earth resources


·        Breathing

·        Digestion


·        Respiration

·        Photosynthesis


·        Evolution

·        Inheritance


Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 pupils will study the new combined science Trilogy AQA GCSE. Teaching in the sciences in key stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

For some students, studying the sciences in Key Stage 4 provides the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For others, it will be their last formal study of subjects that provide the foundations for understanding the natural world and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society.

Science is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Students are helped to appreciate the achievements of science in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are inter-linked, and which are of universal application.


There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas with the following core style.

●      100% Examination

●      Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier

●      Each of the six papers contributes equally to the final grade

Questions:  Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.


Triple Science

Key Stage 4 Curriculum


Year 9, Year 10 & Year 11

Triple Science GCSE encompasses the three traditional science GCSEs of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Each GCSE is certificated independently.  All GCSE sciences are taught with practical work being used to backup theoretical ideas. There will be a significant level of mathematical skill required in some parts of the course. Although not essential, Triple Science would be the recommended pathway for those students wishing to study A level science subjects.  Due to the rigour of studying three science GCSEs this option is only recommended to higher attaining students. Choosing Triple Science would mean that a student would then only choose three option subjects.


Triple science students will study an enhanced version of the same topics as the combined science award with extra content designed to take students learning to a higher level than the combined award.

Biology Chemistry and Physics will have two terminal examinations.

●      100% Examination

●      Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.


Key Stage 5

Biology OCR A Level

A flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different

key concepts of Biology. Teaching of practical skills integrated with theoretical topics and they are assessed through the written papers. The Practical Endorsement will also support the development of practical skills.


·       Module 1 Development of practical skills in Biology

·       Module 2 Foundations in Biology

·       Module 3 Exchange and Transport

·       Module 4 Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

·       Module 5 Communications, Homeostasis and Energy

·       Module 6 Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystem


Chemistry OCR A Level

A flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Chemistry. Teaching of practical skills integrated with theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written papers and practical endorsement.


·       Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry

·       Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry

·       Module 3 Periodic Table and Energy

·       Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry

·       Module 5 Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

·       Module 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis



Physics OCR A Level

A flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Physics. As students progress through the course, they build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to areas from sub atomic particles to the entire universe.


·       Module 1 Development of Practical Skills In Physics

·       Module 2 Foundations of Physics

·       Module 3 Forces and Motion

·       Module 4 Electrons, Waves and Photons

·       Module 5 Newtonian World and Astrophysics

·       Module 6 Particles and Medical Physics.

At Key stage 5 we also offer also BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (360 GLH) 601/7436/5.  The course is equivalent in size to one A Level. It is comprised of 4 units, two are internally assessed coursework and 2 are externally assessed. 


Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science I – examined

This unit covers some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics.

Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques – Coursework

Learners will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries.

Unit 3 Science Investigation Skills - Practical assessment

Learners will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate.

Unit 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems – Coursework

Learners will focus on the physiological make up of three human body systems (musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive), how the systems function and what occurs during dysfunction.

BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.