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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

- Albert Einstein


Key Stage 4 Core Subject Information

Exam board: AQA

Qualification: 2xGCSEs in Combined Science, or 1xGCSE in Biology, 1xGCSE in Chemistry and 1x GCSE Physics.


AQA Combined Science

AQA Biology, AQA Chemistry, AQA Physics

Science is a compulsory subject and you must study the equivalent of two GCSEs (known as Combined Science).

All Year 9 students will start GCSE content in the Spring term. The majority of students will study for Combined Science and will be awarded two GCSEs.

In Year 10 and 11 students will have two teachers and will have 9 lessons of science every fortnight.

At the start of Year 10, a small group of high performing science students will be given the opportunity to study three GCSEs (known as Separate Sciences made up of GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Students taking separate sciences will have three teachers and 12 hours of science per fortnight to accommodate the content.

At the end of Year 11 all students will sit 6 written examinations.

Key Stage 3

We have put in place a programme of study been designed to follow the new curriculum for Key Stage 3 science as closely as possible. It covers the programme of Study statements and the renewed National Curriculum framework objectives completely. The scheme of work is well-differentiated, comprehensive, integrates ‘how science works’ enquiry and investigation skills and is designed to be accessible to all levels.

Year 7

  • Organisms, their behaviour and the environment
  • Tissues and transplants, Sex and science, Ecology matters and Classification.
  • Materials, their properties and the Earth
  • Acids and alkalis, Bubbles bangs and burning, separation techniques.
  • Energy, forces and space
  • Energy and sustainable living, Electrical circuits, Forces and their effects, The Solar System and beyond.

Year 8

  • Organisms, their behaviour and the environment
  • Food, glorious food, going for gold, Doctors and diseases and the way of the dodo   
  • Materials, their properties and the Earth
  • Materials and recycling, all that glitters and Explaining the Earth
  • Energy, forces and space
  • Heat transfers, on the move, Light fantastic and Sound and hearing

Year 9

  • Organisms, their behaviour and the environment
  • Science and Fiction, a model career, on the farm and Crime scene investigations.
  • Materials, their properties and the Earth
  • Building for the future, Sculpture Park, cleaning up and Flying materials
  • Energy, forces and space
  • Energy and electricity, Satellites and space, Record breakers, Forces and Pressure.