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:
Cells and Tissues
Environment and Adaptation
Variation and Classification
Atoms and Elements
Simple Chemical Reactions
Acids and Alkalis
Pure and Impure Substances
Magnets and Electromagnets
Forces and Effects
Students in Year 8 cover the following topics:
Lungs and Gas Exchange
Muscles and Bones
Food and Digestion
Drugs and Health
Inheritance and Evolution
Reactions of Acids
Earth and Atmosphere
Waves and Sound
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:
Cell structure and division
Rates of reduction
Crude oil and fuels
Light and lenses
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.
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’.
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
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!