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Science

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 and 8 study the three topics in Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics on a rotation basis.

Students in Year 7 cover the following topics:

Biology

Cells and Tissues
 Photosynthesis
 Animal Reproduction
 Plant Reproduction
 Environment and Adaptation
 Variation and Classification

Chemistry 

 Particles
 Atoms and Elements
 Simple Chemical Reactions
 Acids and Alkalis
 Pure and Impure Substances
 Compounds

Physics 

 Energy Transfers
 Energy Resources
 Electricity
 Magnets and Electromagnets
 Forces and Effects
 Motions

Students in Year 8 cover the following topics:

Biology

 Lungs and Gas Exchange
 Respiration
 Muscles and Bones
 Food and Digestion
 Drugs and Health
 Microbes
 Inheritance and Evolution

Chemistry 

 Periodic Table
 Innovative Materials
 Describing Reactions
 Reactions of Acids
 Extracting Metals
 Earth and Atmosphere

Physics

 Light
 Exploring Space
 Waves and Sound
 Heat Transfer
 Domestic and Static Electricity
 Application of Forces

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 all students follow the GCCE in Science. Every student will learn topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The different topics are:

Biology

Cell structure and division
Diseases 
Photosynthesis
Respiration
Nervous system 
Hormones
Homeostasis
Reproduction
Evolution
Genetics
Ecosystems

Chemistry 

Atomic structure 
Periodic Table 
Bonding
Chemical changes
Electrolysis
Rates of reduction 
Crude oil and fuels
Organic reactions 
Polymers
Our atmosphere
Earth's resources 

Physics  

Forces
Motion 
Pressure
Energy
Wave properties
Light and lenses
Electrical circuits 
Magnetism
Radioactivity
Spare physics 
Electricity in the home

Our most able students will finish secondary school with 3 GCSEs in Science and all other students will finish with 2 Science GCSEs.

The course has been differentiated for all ability levels to ensure that students achieve their best. Exam questions are ‘stepped’ in difficulty such that every student can answer at least a portion of the content.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we offer A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Chemistry

In the first year of the course, students will study the units of ‘Elements of Life’, ‘Developing Fuels’, ‘Elements from the Sea’, ‘The Ozone Story’ and ‘What’s in a medicine’.

In the second year of the course, students will build upon the foundations gained in year 12, and they will study 5 further units – ‘The Chemical Industry’, ‘Polymers and Life’, ‘Oceans’, ‘Developing Metals’ and ‘Colour By Design’.

Biology

In the first year of the course students will study units 1-4. Then at the end of the year students will sit two exams where they will be examined on these topics. In year two of the course students will study all the units (1–10) in more detail and then sit three exams at the end of the year. The exam papers may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations, extended writing questions and mathematical questions. Each paper will also include questions that target understanding of experimental methods.

Biology is composed of 10 topics. These are:

  • Topic 1 - Biological Molecules
  • Topic 2 - Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
  • Topic 3 - Classification and Biodiversity
  • Topic 4 - Exchange and Transport
  • Topic 5 - Energy for Biological Processes
  • Topic 6 - Microbiology and Pathogens
  • Topic 7 - Modern Genetics.
  • Topic 8 - Origins of Genetic Variation
  • Topic 9 - Control Systems
  • Topic 10 - Ecosystems

Physics

At AS, students cover topics on particles and radiation, quantum phenomena, waves and optics, materials, electricity and mechanics. Students will learn about and discuss the inner-most workings of the atom, the story behind quarks and antimatter, and the idea of waves behaving as particles. The properties of waves and the diffraction, refraction and interference of light are studied. The behaviours of electric circuits and materials are investigated. In mechanics, students learn about the laws of forces and motion.

For A level, learners will build on AS work and study thermal physics and gases, nuclear physics, further mechanics, and gravitational, electric and magnetic fields.

Topics include: circular motion, vibration resonance, capacitors, electromagnetic induction and nuclear energy. In addition, a popular option choice is Astrophysics, covering telescopes, the life-cycle of stars and the origin of the universe!