Welcome to the Science Department 

The Science Department is amply resourced with equipment, text books and electronic resources. The labs are bright and modern, having been extensively refurbished.


  • Mrs J Mason (Director of Science)
  • Mrs K Patel (Second in Department)
  • Mr S Lewis
  • Mr C Issac
  • Miss E Dobson
  • Mrs K Wilson
  • Mr J Littlewood (Science Teacher, Technical Support & Exams Invigilator)
  • Mrs C Clarke (Deputy Headteacher & Teacher of Science)
  • Mr I Hilton (Technical Support)

Links to SMSC

Throughout all Key Stages students learn about the different way science has an impact on our everyday lives. Where relevant, students will either consider the impact of science on different aspects of culture, religion, political implications and how these impact of society. Students build up skills that help them work together as teams and learn how to solve problems through enquiry based learning. The course also allows students to reflect and their learning and consider ways to improve their progress.

Links to British Values including Prevent duty

British scientists along with their colleagues play a pivotal role in many key discoveries and work that have been done and continue to be worked on. This helps to show the diversity of scientists and the importance of working together.

Key Stage 3

Course title: KS3 Science

Course Overview: Units in Key Stage 3 are sequenced to ensure that the content covered at Key Stage 3 serves as a good foundation for Key Stage 4 in terms of content (AQA GCSE COMBINED SCIENCE: TRILOGY DRAFT 8464) and required practical assessments.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Year 7:

Cells & Reproduction Plants & Ecology Acids, Alkalis and Chemical Reactions Particles and Solutions Energy & Electricity Forces and Magnetism

  • Year 8:

The Healthy Body Microbes and Disease The Periodic Table Metals and Rocks Waves Heat

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: GCSE Science

Key Stage 4

Course title: BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Application of Science

Course Overview: This Level 2 qualification comprises of three coursework units and one examination unit that focuses on Scientific Skills.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Unit 5: Applications of Chemical Substances
  • Unit 6: Applications of Physical Science
  • Unit 7: Health Applications of Life Science
  • Unit 8: Scientific Skills


Coursework components

  • Unit 5: Applications of Chemical Substances (25%)
  • Unit 6: Applications of Physical Science (25%)
  • Unit 7: Health Applications of Life Science (25%)

Written exam

  • Unit 8: Scientific Skills (25%)

Course Length: 1 year

Progression to: BTEC Level 3 Science

Course title: AQA GCSE Science A – Double Award AQA GCSE Science – Additional Award AQA GCSE Biology AQA GCSE Chemistry AQA GCSE Physics

Course Overview: This GCSE Double Award course is split into two separate GCSE qualifications (Science A and Additional Science). Each course delivers Biology, Chemistry and Physics content and requires a practical ISA coursework component to be completed.

For the triple award, each Science requires its own practical ISA coursework component to be completed.

Key Areas Of Study:

Science A:

  • Human Body
  • Environment and Evolution Products from rocks and oils
  • Earth and atmosphere Energy
  • Electricity and waves

Additional Science

  • Cells
  • Organs
  • Populations
  • Enzymes and genetics Bonding
  • Calculations
  • Reaction rates
  • Salts and electrolysis Motion
  • Energy
  • Electricity and the atom


Science A and Additional Award:

  • Unit 5 written exam (35 % weighting)
  • Unit 6 written exam (40 % weighting)
  • Unit 4 Controlled Assessment – Practical ISA (25%)

GCSE Biology, Chemistry or Physics:

  • Unit 1 written exam (25%)
  • Unit 2 written exam (25%)
  • Unit 3 written exam (25%)
  • Unit 4 Controlled Assessment – Practical ISA (25%)

Course Length: 3 years

Progression to:

  • BTEC Level 3 Science
  • A Level Sciences

Course title: AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Course Overview: The new GCSE course has practical work embedded that forms part of a required practical component that helps to develop the practical skills that students need time to build up. The practical work helps to reinforce the subject knowledge that is being delivered. The units are sequenced in order to facilitate review of work at regular intervals allowing key concepts to be embedded and revisited throughout the course.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Biology Paper 1: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
  • Biology Paper 2: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
  • Chemistry Paper 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
  • Chemistry Paper 2: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.
  • Physics Paper 1: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
  • Physic Paper 2: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessment: Six written exams

  • Biology Paper 1 (16.7%)
  • Biology Paper 2 (16.7%)
  • Chemistry Paper 1 (16.7%)
  • Chemistry Paper 2 (16.7%)
  • Physics Paper 1 (16.7%)
  • Physics Paper 2 (16.7%)

21 required practical assessments that are carried out in lessons.

All exams include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions

Course Length: 3 years

Progression to:

  • BTEC Level 3 Science
  • A Level Sciences

Key Stage 5

Course title: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Unit 1 - Fundamentals of Science
  • Unit 2 - Working in the Science Industry
  • Unit 4 - Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Unit 10 - Using Science in the Workplace
  • Unit 11 - Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Unit 13 - Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques

Assessment: All units are coursework components.

Course Length: 2 years

Course title: AQA A Level Biology, AQA A Level Chemistry, AQA A Level Physics

Course Overview: These specifications are a stepping stone to future study, universities have been consulted to ensure these specifications allows students to develop the skills that universities want to see.

This approach has led to specifications that will help to inspire students, nurture their passion for Sciences and lay the groundwork for further study.


Biology – three written papers

  • Paper 1: any content from first 4 topics including relevant practical skills. (35%)
  • Paper 2: any content from last 4 topics including relevant practical skills. (35%)
  • Paper 3: All content (30%)

Chemistry – three written exams

  • Paper 1: Physical chemistry and Inorganic chemistry plus Relevant practical skills (35%)
  • Paper 2: Physical chemistry and Organic chemistry plus Relevant practical skills (35%)
  • Paper 3: All content (30%)

Physics – three written exams

  • Paper 1: Sections 1–5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion) (34%)
  • Paper 2: Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 (34%)
  • Paper 3: Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis Section B: chosen by centre (32%)

Course Length: 2 years

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Recommended websites for Science

The following websites have been written by Dr Saunders:

BBC Bitesize Key Stage 3 Science

Creative Chemistry (recommended for GCSE and A Level Chemistry)

BBC Bitesize Gateway GCSE Science

BBC Bitesize Gateway GCSE Additional Science

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