Science

The aim of the Science Department is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them through an investigative and relevant curriculum that fosters an awareness and appreciation of science to improve students’ life chances.

  • To provide a curriculum that is stimulating and relevant, reflecting the changing nature of science and extending students’ horizons through opportunities outside the classroom.
  • To develop students’ ability to analyse problems and research and evaluate information critically through investigative work.
  • To encourage all students to form their own ideas about the world they live in and so become independent thinkers.
  • To develop students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness so that they are prepared for their role in society.
  • To ensure that all students meet their academic potential by removing barriers that undermine learning.
Head of Department

Sy Hussain, Head of Department

KS3 topics covered
  1. Cells
  2. Structure and Function of Body Systems
  3. Reproduction
  4. Particles and their Behaviour
  5. Elements, Atoms and Compounds
  6. Reactions
  7. Acids and Alkalis
  8. Forces
  9. Sound
  10. Light
  11. Space
KS3 topics covered
  1. Health and Lifestyle
  2. Ecosystem Processes
  3. Adaptation and Inheritance
  4. The Periodic Table
  5. Separation Techniques
  6. Metals and Acids
  7. The Earth
  8. Electricity and Magnetism
  9. Energy
  10. Motion and Pressure
KS3 topics covered
  1. Key concepts in Biology
  2. Cells and Control
  3. Genetics
  4. States of matter
  5. Methods of separating and Purifying Substances
  6. Atomic Structure
  7. Motion
  8. Forces and Motion
  9. Conservation of Energy
KS4 topics covered
  1. Cells & Control
  2. Genetics
  3. Natural selection & Genetic Modification
  4. Health, disease & the Development of Medicines
  5. Atomic structure
  6. Periodic table
  7. Ionic & Covalent bonding and types of Substance
  8. Acids and alkalis
  9. Calculations involving masses
  10. Electrolytic Processes, Metals and Reversible Reactions
  11. Motion
  12. Forces and Motion
  13. Conservation of Energy
  14. Waves
  15. Light and the EM Spectrum
  16. Radioactivity
KS4 topics covered
  1. Organisms and energy
  2. Common systems
  3. Ionic compounds and analysis
  4. Covalent compounds and separation techniques
  5. Groups in the periodic table
  6. Chemical reactions
  7. Quantitative chemistry
  8. Controlling and using electric currents
  9. Motion and forces
  10. Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
  11. Benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials
Qualification, Examination and Assessment

KS3
Years 7 and 8 – Oxford Science; internal assessments.

KS4
Years 9 and 10 Edexcel Combined Science; 1SCO

Assessment Unit Weighting Duration
Biology Biology 1 16.67% Each unit is assessed through a 1 hour and 10 minute examination.
Biology 2 16.67%
Chemistry Chemistry 1 16.67%
Chemistry 2 16.67%
Physics Physics 1 16.67%
Physics 2 16.67%

There are no controlled assessments for Edexcel Combined Science.

Year 11
Edexcel GCSE Science; 2SC01

Assessment Unit Weighting Duration
Biology B1 Influences on Life 25% Each unit is assessed through a 1 hour examination.
Chemistry C1 Chemistry in Our World 25%
Physics P1 Universal Physics 25%
Controlled Assessment 25% Internally Assessed

Edexcel GCSE Additional Science; 2SA01

Assessment Unit Weighting Duration
Biology B2 The Components of Life 25% Each unit is assessed through a 1 hour examination.
Chemistry C2 Discovering Chemistry 25%
Physics P2 Physics for your Future 25%
Controlled Assessment 25% Internally Assessed