Contact: Anna Haslam, Core Leader of Science

All students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.  The number and depth of these topics will depend on the pathway chosen.  Both pathways allow for study of Science at A level and Post-16. 

The Core Science pathway results in two GCSE qualifications in Science that include Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.  There are 2 exam papers in each subject, each of 75 minutes, and students receive a double grade based on the total marks achieved across all 6 papers. 

The Separate Sciences pathway results in students achieving one GCSE in each area of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  There are 3 exam papers in each subject (1 hour 45 mins long) and students can achieve different grades in the different science subjects.   This pathway is most suitable for students with a real passion for Science because students can only choose one other option subject if they choose this option.

Both courses involve extensive practical work including specific experiments that students are expected to have completed. Students will develop a range of investigative skills.

All exam papers are offered at Higher or Foundation Tier.  The Higher paper gives access to grades 5 and above, the Foundation tier awards grades upto Grade 5.  We use the assessments and lesson time in Year 10 to help identify the most appropriate tier for students to be entered for in Year 11. 

Students follow the AQA specifications for Trilogy Science or Separate Sciences based on their option choice.

Science content

1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology  
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources
18. Energy
19. Electricity
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
22. Forces
23. Waves
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism  

Progression to A Level Sciences
Both pathways allow students to access Science A Levels. Either a grade 6/6 in Double Science or a 6 in the relevant individual Science subject are likely to be required.