Curriculum Intent

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, analyse causes, encourage creativity and problem solve.


KS3 Science Curriculum Map

For more detail on what each topic contains, and the sequence of lessons, please follow the KS3 Science Programme of Study - this can be a really useful way to support your child in science as it lists the objectives for each lesson, and corresponds directly to the textbooks shown below. For specific detail on each lesson please follow the link to our Key Stage 3 Science Scheme of Work.


Specifications (AQA) for KS4

AQA GCSE 'Trilogy' Specification 

AQA GCSE Biology Specification (triple)

AQA GCSE Chemistry Specification (triple)

AQA GCSE Physics Specification (triple)


KS4 - Content Summary

Students completing GCSEs in science will cover the following broad topics:


  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Photosynthesis
  • 3. Moving and Changing Materials
  • 4. Health Matters
  • 5. Coordination and Control
  • 6. Genetics
  • 7. Variation and Evolution
  • 8. Ecology in Action


  • 1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 3. Quantitative chemistry
  • 4. Chemical changes
  • 5. Energy changes
  • 6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 7. Organic chemistry
  • 8. Chemical analysis
  • 9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 10. Using resources


  • 1. Energy
  • 2. Electricity
  • 3. Particle model of matter
  • 4. Atomic structure
  • 5. Forces
  • 6. Waves
  • 7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Students can opt to complete 2 GCSEs in science on the 'trilogy' route, or 3 GCSEs in science on the 'triple' route. Both follow the new AQA Specification - please follow the following links below for programmes of study and specifications in both of these science routes. The programmes of study give you lesson by lesson guidance on what your child will learn and are ideal for supporting their learning at home.


Science Programmes of Study KS4


Exams taken

Students from 2017 will be examined on the new GCSE 9-1 specification from AQA.

Linear exams and ongoing revision/practice

The new style GCSE requires students to learn and practice the content throughout the 3 year GCSE course. All the exams will now be at the end of year 11, and they are more difficult than previous years science GCSEs. Although this will not affect the number of students achieving certain grades (from 9-1) it does represent a new challenge to students as they prepare. It is really important that students practice their science skills and revise right through their GCSE course.


To buy textbooks for Key Stage 3 please use the following ISBN details

YEAR 7 (Collins AQA for year 7) 978-0-00-821528-6               YEAR 8 (Collins AQA for year 8) 978-0-00-821529-3




To buy textbooks for Key Stage 4 please use the following ISBN details

GCSE -  AQA Trilogy                               

BIOLOGY 978-0-00-817504-7                    CHEMISTRY 978-0-00-817505-4                PHYSICS 978-0-00-817506-1



GCSE - Triple Science (AQA Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 

Please note, although these books look similar to those above, there is more content and a different price.

BIOLOGY 978-0-00-815875-0                    CHEMISTRY 978-0-00-815876-7                PHYSICS 978-0-00-815877-4




Workbooks and Revision Guides:


KS4 booster books: Grade 5 and Grade 8/9 available. Trilogy and Triple Science

CGP stock an excellent range of revision guides and workbook combinations for the new 9-1 GCSE - follow this link.

We are also able to sell Collins revision guides for Key Stage 3, and for the new science GCSE to students - details about this offer will be given in class.



Careers leading on from science


Staff List


Ms H Alston - Curriculum Leader for Science

Miss R Betney - Teacher of Science

Miss R Brooks - Teacher of Science

Mr G Burgess - Teacher of Science

Mr J Chadwick - Teacher of Science

Mrs R Ferguson - Assistant Curriculum leader (Physics)

Mr J Galbraith - Assistant Headteacher

Mr W Goodier - Teacher of Science

Miss M Hummerston - Assistant Curriculum leader (Chemistry)

Mr A Madigan - Assistant Curriculum leader (Biology)

Mrs E Speakman - Senior Technician

Ms S Dickinson - Technician

Ms H Hendry - Technician