Science

In the Science Faculty, we aim to inspire students to discover the wonder of science through both practical and academic aspects, stimulate debate, develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and ignite students’ passion to learn in all three disciplines – chemistry, physics and biology.

Curriculum Overview

  • Year 7 – 4 periods per week following the National Curriculum
  • Year 8 – 4 periods per week following the National Curriculum
  • Year 9 – 4 periods per week exploring the skills and content required for GCSE Combined Science
  • Year 10 – 5 periods per week exploring the skills and content required for GCSE Combined Science
  • Year 11 – 5 periods per week exploring the skills and content required for GCSE Combined Science

GCSE Courses:

  • GCSE Combined Science Trilogy (AQA)
  • GCSE Biology (AQA)
  • GCSE Chemistry (AQA)
  • GCSE Physics (AQA)

Topics Covered:

Year 7

Throughout year 7 and 8, the pupils follow the National Curriculum and start to develop essential investigative
and practical skills in preparation for the new GCSE specification. Topics studied include:

  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Forces
  • Electricity
  • Cells
  • Reproduction and Inheritance
  • Chemical reactions
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Sound
  • Ecosystems
  • Transport systems

Year 8

Pupils build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from year 7. Topics studied include:

  • Energy
  • Microbes and Systems
  • Materials
  • Photosynthesis and light
  • Rocks and the Earth’s atmosphere
  • Forces

Year 9

In year 9, pupils will explore the skills needed for their GCSE exams which begin in year 10. We follow the AQA board and all pupils will sit exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and at the end of Year 11 be awarded 2 GCSE’s in Combined Science.

GCSE Combined Science:
Exam Board: AQA
No. of Exams: 6

  • Biology

    Paper 1:
    Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

    Paper 2:
    Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

  • Chemistry

    Paper 1:
    Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter;
    Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

    Paper 2:
    Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the
    atmosphere; and Using resources.

  • Physics

    Paper 1:
    Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

    Paper 2:
    Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Options Offered at the end of Year 9

  • GCSE Biology
    Exam Board: AQA
    No. of Exams: 2

    Paper 1:
    Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

    Paper 2:
    Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

  • GCSE Chemistry
    Exam Board: AQA
    No. of Exams: 2

    Paper 1:
    Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter;
    Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

    Paper 2:
    Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the
    atmosphere; and Using resources.

  • GCSE Physics
    Exam Board: AQA
    No. of Exams: 2

    Paper 1:
    Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

    Paper 2:
    Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Units Studied in Year 10

Pupils will begin to acquire the basic knowledge of Science by studying the fundamentals of each of the core
sciences. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical
concepts alongside developing practical Science skills.

Units Studied in Year 11

Pupils will continue with the topics studied in year 10 and deepen their understanding of more difficult concepts
and topics.


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