Department staff:

Miss B Hartwell: Subject Leader, Teacher of Science

Miss F Laverick: ASL i/c of Chemistry, Teacher of Chemistry

Mr M Savory: ASL i/c of Biology, Teacher of Biology

Mr T Norris: ASL i/c of Physics, Teacher of Physics and Radiation Protection Supervisor

Mrs K Brown: Teacher of Biology (Bronte House Tutor Leader)

Mrs A Crossan: Teacher of Biology

Mrs P Holland: Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of Chemistry

Miss A McLaughlin: Teacher of Biology

Mr N Meldrum: Teacher of Biology (Wilberforce House Progress Leader)

Dr K Pople: Teacher of Chemistry

Mr A Talbot: Research Associate for Science and Teacher of Science

Mr M Thistlewaite: Teacher of Physics

Miss A Young: Teacher of Biology

Mrs K Purnell: Senior Science Technician

Miss L Johnson: Science Technician

Miss C Lowther: Science Technician

Miss G Rankin: Science Technician

Mrs C Carr: Department Assistant


Key Stage 3:

Overview of the course

Students follow a two year key stage 3 science course based upon the National Curriculum. They study a wide range of topics across the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics in their science lessons. Students will develop new practical skills and scientific techniques, linking ideas to the world around them and developing their understanding of working scientifically. This course prepares students for continuing their scientific study at GCSE from year 9.

What will I learn?

Year 7 Topic Areas Year 8 Topic Areas
Lab Detectives – an introduction to working safely and using science to answer questions

Cells, Tissues and Organs


Electricity and Circuits


Food Security


Chemical Elements

Mixtures and Compounds

Reactivity of Metals

Structure of the Earth

Gas Exchange


Forces, Pressure and Magnets

Skeleton, Muscles and Movement

Digestion, Nutrition and Health

Sound and Hearing

Light and Vision


Key Stage 4: Science

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy and Separate Sciences

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy Examination board: AQA Science Trilogy

GCSE Separate Sciences Examination board: AQA Biology

AQA Chemistry

AQA Physics

Overview of the courses




Cell biology Atomic structure and the periodic table

Forces, motion and pressure

Organisation Bonding structure and properties of matter

Energy and energy resources

Infection and Response Quantitative Chemistry

Waves and optics

Bioenergetics Chemical Changes


Homeostasis and response Energy Changes Magnetism and electromagnetism
Inheritance, Variation and Evolution Rate and extent of chemical change

Particle model of matter

Ecology Organic Chemistry

Atoms and nuclear radiation

Chemical Analysis

Space physics (GSCE physics only)

Chemistry of the atmosphere
Using resources

*Separate Science students study additional material within each topic.

GCSE Combined Science is worth 2 GCSEs.
The results from a student’s six science exams are combined to give an overall grade on a 17-point scale from “9-9” to “1-1”:

Highest possible grades:

Lowest possible grades:


















There is no controlled assessment; GCSE Combined Science is 100% exam-based.

Practical work is an integral part of the course, students must complete a set number of ‘required practicals’ throughout the course. Student’s understanding of these practicals and the accompanying techniques will be assessed in the exams.

Assessment details for students studying separate sciences

Assessment details for students studying separate sciences

These exams are different to those sat by students studying Combined Science.

Students achieve 3 science GCSE grades in biology, chemistry and physics on the 1 to 9 scale.

There is no controlled assessment, GCSE Sciences are 100% exam-based.

Practical work is an integral part of each course, students must complete a set number of ‘required practicals’ throughout each course. Student’s understanding of these practicals and the accompanying techniques will be assessed in the exam.

Entry Level Certificate

Overview of the course

Students can be entered for two awards:

ELC – Single Award
ELC – Double Award

Candidates can receive: entry level 1, entry level 2 or entry level 3.

Course content includes:

  • Biology: The Human Body & Environment, evolution & inheritance
  • Chemistry: Elements, mixtures and compounds & chemistry in our world
  • Physics: Energy, forces & structure of matter & Electricity, magnetism & waves

Assessment details

Externally set assignments short written tests) and Teacher devised assignments (a short piece of practical work)

Single award: Students submit a portfolio of evidence containing: 3 Externally set assignments and 3 Teacher devised assignments (they do not have to be from the same topics).

Dual Award: Submit a portfolio of evidence from all six units.

Examination board: AQA Entry Level

Useful Subject Links:

BBC Bitesize – AQA Core Science Revision (2011-2017)

BBC Bitesize – AQA Additional Science Revision (2011-2017)

BBC Bitesize – Biology Revision (New Scheme)

BBC Bitesize – Chemistry Revision (New Scheme)

BBC Bitesize – Physics Revision (New Scheme)

BBC Bitesize – KS3 Science Revision

myGCSEscience Revision – YouTube video channel

Doodle Physics GCSE Revision – YouTube video channel