Curriculum coverage at key stage 3
Students in year 7 follow the ‘Exploring Science: Working Scientifically’ programme. Each unit is built around real-world themes and encourages investigation through practical work. 

The units studied in year 7 are:
• cells, tissues, organs and systems • sexual reproduction in animals • muscles and bones • ecosystems • mixtures and separation • acids and bases • the particle model • atoms, elements and compounds • energy • current electricity • forces • sound

Year 8 units:

  • Going for Gold
  • Water
  • Materials and Recycling
  • Explaining the Earth
  • Light
  • Sound and Hearing
  • Science and Fiction
  • On the Farm
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Flying Materials
  • Satellites and Space
  • Dam it

Curriculum coverage at key stage 4

The current year 11 are studying Edexcel GCSE Science, a course which is made up of a series of small units to be studied over the two year course.

The Single Science GCSE requires four units. Of these, three are written exams: one each in Biology (B1), Chemistry (C1) and Physics (P1). The fourth unit is a piece of Controlled Assessment coursework.

Additional Science continues in the same pattern: three written exam papers in Biology (B2), Chemistry (C2) and Physics (P2); and a piece of Controlled Assessment.

Each science also has an Extension Unit (B3, C3 and P3) if students wish to pursue separate sciences (known as ‘Triple Science’). So students studying Triple Science will sit three exams for each science (eg B1, B2 and B3) and a piece of Controlled Assessment for each one.

Influences on Life unit

  1. Classification, Variation and Inheritance
  2. Responses to a Changing Environment
  3. Problems of and solutions to a Changing Environment

Chemistry in our World unit

  1. The Earth’s Sea and Atmosphere
  2. Materials from the Earth
  3. Acids
  4. Obtaining and using Metals
  5. Fuels

Universal Physics unit

  1. Visible Light and the Solar System
  2. The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  3. Waves and the Universe
  4. Waves and the Earth
  5. Generation and Transmission of Electricity
  6. Energy and the Future

Components of Life unit

  1. The Building Blocks of Cells
  2. Organisms and Energy
  3. Common Systems

Discovering Chemistry unit

  1. Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  2. Ionic Compounds and Analysis
  3. Covalent Compounds and Separation Techniques
  4. Groups in the Periodic Table
  5. Chemical Reactions
  6. Quantitative Chemistry

Physics for your Future unit

  1. Static and Current Electricity
  2. Controlling and Using Electric Currents
  3. Motions and Forces
  4. Momentum, Energy, Work and Power
  5. Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion
  6. Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Radioactive Materials

Using Biology unit

  1. Control Systems
  2. Behaviour
  3. Biotechnology

Chemistry in Action unit

  1. Qualitative Analysis
  2. Quantitative Analysis
  3. Electrolytic Processes
  4. Gases, Equilibria and Ammonia
  5. Organic Chemistry

Applications of Physics unit

  1. Radiation in Treatment and Medicine
  2. X-Rays and ECGs
  3. Production, Uses and Risks of Ionising Radiation from Radioactive Sources
  4. Motions of Particles
  5. Kinetic Theory and Gases

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below:

Years 9 and 10

The year 9 and 10 students have begun study of the new GCSE. For this, students are assessed purely through exams; there is no coursework component. The topics covered include aspects of all three sciences biology, chemistry and physics. The units covered are:

1 Cell biology
2 Organisation
3 Infection and response
4 Bioenergetics
5 Homeostasis and response
6 Inheritance, variation and evolution
7 Ecology

1 Atomic structure and the periodic table
2 Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
3 Quantitative chemistry
4 Chemical changes
5 Energy changes
6 The rate and extent of chemical change
7 Organic chemistry
8 Chemical analysis
9 Chemistry of the atmosphere
10 Using resources

1 Energy
2 Electricity
3 Particle model of matter
4 Atomic structure
5 Forces
6 Waves
7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

Curriculum coverage at key stage 5
The AS and Advanced GCE in Applied Science have been designed to form qualifications which provide knowledge and understanding of this vocational area. They are ideal qualifications for those students who want a broad background in science, which will allow them to progress to further or higher education, training or employment. The AQA Applied Science specification (8770) is followed:

AS units include:

  1. Investigating Science at Work
  2. Energy Transfer Systems
  3. Finding out about Substances

A2 units include:

  1. Planning and Carrying out a Scientific Investigation
  2. The Healthy Body
  3. The Role of the Pathology Service

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below: