Aims and Purposes of the Science Curriculum

Study of science allows students to:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Key Stage 3
In KS3 students study the three scientific disciplines, as well as focusing on working scientifically. Everything from experimental skills & investigations, to genetics, to Atoms and forces is covered. Through year 7 and 8 students study the AQA KS3 syllabus so that when students start GCSE in year 9, their knowledge is built upon, with the links being made very clear. This means that the overall syllabus flows from year 7 to 11.

Key Stage 4
In KS4, students build upon their previous knowledge from KS3 in order to meet the national curriculum requirements for GCSE. From September 2016 all students complete either a double GCSE in science (known as trilogy) or three GCSE’s over the 3 year course (Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE.) following the AQA syllabus. Both involve sitting 6 exam papers at the end of year 11 (2 of each discipline).

Double Award GCSE Science (Trilogy)

Biology GCSE
Units covered in Biology are: cell biology; organization; infection & response; bioenergetics; homeostasis & response; inheritance, variation & evolution; ecology.

Chemistry GCSE
Units covered in Chemistry are: atomic structure & the periodic table; bonding, structure and the properties of matter; quantitative chemistry; chemical changes; energy changes; rate and extent of chemical change; organic chemistry; chemical analysis; chemistry of the atmosphere; using resources.

Physics GCSE
Units covered in Physics are: Forces; energy; waves; electricity; magnetism & electromagnetism; particle model of matter; atomic structure

Key Stage 5
In KS5 students can study Biology, Chemistry or Physics at AS and A Level.

KS5 sciences follow a content-led approach. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed both through written papers and, for A Level only, a teacher assessed Practical Endorsement.

The OCR A specifications aim to encourage learners to develop:

  • Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills