Science is a core subject that all pupils study from Year 7 to Year 11.
All science courses are challenging and encourage pupils to:
- Gain knowledge and understanding of science theory
- Develop experimental and investigative abilities
- Appreciate how science is applied in everyday life, including aspects of information communication technology (ICT).
We seek to inspire the next generation of scientists who will help tackle the challenges we face in the 21st Century.
Pupils study science for a number of periods per week and a high level of commitment is required.
Summary of Subject Content
Lower School (KS3)
The course helps develop the scientific skills that are essential to all 3 sciences: biology, chemistry and physics.
- Biology: cells, tissues, organs and systems, sexual reproduction in animals, muscles and bones, ecosystems.
- Chemistry: mixtures and separation, acids and alkalis, particle model, atoms, elements and molecules.
- Physics: energy, current electricity, forces, sound.
- Biology: food and nutrition, plants and their reproduction, breathing and respiration, unicellular organisms.
- Chemistry: combustion, periodic table, metals and their uses, rocks.
- Physics: fluids, light, energy transfers, earth and space.
Upper School (KS4/GCSE)
We aim to begin study towards the GCSE specification at the beginning of Year 9.
At KS4 students study GCSE Core and Additional Science (2 GCSEs). This involves studying 9 units for Core Science and a further 9 units for Additional Science. Students will gain their GCSEs based on their performance in their coursework and the final exams at the end of year 11.
In addition some Year 11 students study 3 further modules to gain triple science (overall 3 GCSEs).
Exam Board/Division of Exam and Course Work
Edexcel (Year 11 – school leavers in 2016)
OCR 21st Century (Years 9 and 10 – school leavers in 2017 and 2018)
Coursework makes up 25% of the final mark for all GCSE science courses and is done in lessons through the completion of investigative skills assessments (controlled assessments). Exams taken at the end of Year 11 make up the remainder of the final mark
Y11 Revision Resources
Unit B2 - The Components of Life.ppt
Unit B3 - Using Biology.ppt
Unit C1 - Chemistry in our World.ppt
Unit C2 - Discovering Chemistry 1.ppt
Unit C2 - Discovering Chemistry 2.ppt
Unit C3 - Chemistry in Action.ppt
Unit P1 - Universal Physics 1.ppt
Unit P1 - Universal Physics 2.ppt
Unit P1 - Universal Physics 3.ppt
Unit P2 - Physics for your Future 1.ppt
Unit P2 - Physics for your Future 2.ppt
Unit P2 - Physics for your Future 3.ppt
Unit P3 - Applications of Physics.ppt