KS3 Science

A two year key stage that delivers content & skills based on the National Curriculum. Students complete range of tasks across each academic year which builds knowledge & skills in Biology, Chemistry & Physics. Each academic year students will develop and build key skills in scientific knowledge & conceptual understanding, experiments, mathematical application, literacy & the uses & implications of science. Units of work are structured to enable differentiation for students across the age and ability range in years 7-8

Details can be found here and here.

Working Scientifically

Throughout the key stage students will build skills in: Scientific attitudes, Experimental skills & investigations, Analysis & evaluation & Measurement.

Subject Content

Students are taught a broad range of content across the key stage:

  • In Biology subject content includes; Structure & function of living organisms, Material cycles & energy, Interactions & interdependencies and Genetics & evolution.
  • In Chemistry subject content includes; Particles, Pure & Impure substances, Chemical Reactions, Energetics, The Periodic Table, Materials and the Earth & Atmosphere.
  • In Physics subject content includes; Energy, Motion & forces, Waves, Electricity & electromagnetism. Matter and Space physics.
    The exact content is under review and will be clarified as the department writes its new schemes of work.

KS4 GCSE Study in Science



A three year key stage that provides students with sufficient time to master the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in GCSE Science. The majority of students will study GCSE Science across Y9 Y10 Y11. Each year is split into the three main areas of Biology, Chemistry & Physics with student’s following schemes of work developed by the department in line with the AQA Trilogy specification. Exams are completed in all three subjects throughout the year.

Exam board: AQA (Combined Science Trilogy)

Each subject area is sub –divided into smaller topics. Biology examples include; Cell Biology & Infection and Response, Chemistry examples include Atomic Structure & Quantitative Chemistry, Physics examples include Forces & Energy.

The course is assessed through six terminal exams taken in the summer of Y11. There are two biology, two chemistry and two physics exams. Each exam lasts one hour fifteen minutes. The scores from all the exams are combined together to provide a Double Science GCSE grade from 9-1.


Students chose to study all three sciences to GCSE standard. This is part of the Y9 Options Process. Students cover the curriculum content of GCSE Combined Science and complete extra units to achieve three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry & Physics.

Students following GCSE Biology Chemistry & Physics sit two exams, in each subject, at the end of year 11. Each exam lasts one hour forty five minutes. The scores from both exams are combined together to provide a GCSE grade from 9-1.

Exam board: AQA