Head of Faculty: Mrs A Caines
Teaching Staff: Mrs A Carrington, Mr P Snowe, Miss V Bird
Support Staff: Mrs D Davis
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

We encourage our students to think imaginatively in their study of science so that they can learn to use the skills of problem solving by applying both logic and creativity. We also aim to help our students think like scientists so they can, one day, meet challenges presented by the modern world in ways that have never been considered before.

All students study separate sciences at KS3 for three hours per week (1 hour for each science). We currently follow the QCA programme of study although we have embellished our planning is informed by the Heinemann and Dynamic Learning programmes of study (an overview of the course can be found below).

At KS4, most students will study Science in the GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy route; they receive 4 hours a week of teaching and they are assessed at the end of Year 11 with 6 exams and results in 2 GCSE qualifications. There is no longer a coursework component although students have to cover a set of Required Practicals which contain content that will be assessed in the terminal exams.

Students can opt to study the sciences in greater detail as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of these carries a GCSE qualification and is assessed with 2 exams at the end of Year 11 making a total of 6 exams. These exams are more challenging than the standard Combined Science route.Students receive a further 3 hours of teaching per week. As mentioned above there is no coursework component but aspects of the Required Practicals are assessed in the terminal exams.

For further information about this course, please email the Head of Faculty, Mrs R Edmunds
or telephone her on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Year 7-9 cover the 36 QCA modules, they are regularly assessed using a combination of examinations and extended level assessed tasks

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
Being Scientific
Acids and alkalis
Energy resources

Terms 3 & 4
Simple Chemical reactions
Electrical Circuits
Particle model

Terms 5 & 6
Variation and Classification
Revision and exam
Solar System
Environment and feeding relationships

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
Food and Digestion
Atoms and Elements
Heating and Cooling
Compounds and Mixtures

Terms 3 & 4
Microbes and disease
Rocks and weathering
Rock Cycle

Terms 5 & 6
Ecological relationships
Revision and exam

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
Inheritance and selection
Reactions of metals
Energy and Electricity
Fit and Healthy
Patterns of reactivity

Terms 3 & 4
Gravity and space
Environmental Chemistry
Speeding up
Using Chemistry
Pressure and Moments

Terms 5 & 6 – Commence Key Stage 4 Combined & *Separate Sciences
B1 – Cell biology
B2 – Organisation
B3 – Infection and response
B4 – Bioenergetics

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

For GCSE Combined Science Trilogy route:
Course Code: GCSE Combined Science: TrilogyAQA 8464
Exam Board Specification:

For Separate Sciences:
Course Code: GCSE Biology AQA 8461
Exam Board Specification:

Course Code: GCSE Chemistry AQA 8642
Exam Board Specification:

Course Code: GCSE Physics AQA 8463
Exam Board Specification:

GCSE Biology is the study of living things and the processes that govern them. During their study students will be expected to know and understand:

  • The structure and functioning of cells and how they divide by mitosis and meiosis
  • That variation occurs when gametes fuse at fertilisation
  • The photosynthesis and respiration reactions
  • Metabolism is the sum of all the reactions happening in a cell or organism
  • All molecules are recycled between the living world and the environment to sustain life

GCSE Chemistry is the study of matter and its reactions. During their study students will be expected to know and understand some basic concepts and principles such as atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter and Quantitative chemistry.

GCSE Physics is the study of physical processes that govern the universe. During their study students should gain an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation.

Year 10 Combined &*Separate Sciences

Terms 1 & 2
C1 – Atomic structure and the periodic table
C2 – Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
C3 – Quantitative chemistry

Additional topics for Separate Sciences only
Cell Structure
Monoclonal antibodies
Plant disease
The human nervous system
Hormonal coordination in humans
Plant hormones

Terms 3 & 4
C4 – Chemical changes
C5 – Energy changes
P1 – Energy

Additional topics for Separate Sciences only
Properties of transition metals
Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles
Yield and atom economy of chemical reactions
Reactions of acids
Chemical cells and fuel cells

Terms 5 & 6
P2 – Electricity
P3 – Particle Model of Matter
P4 – Atomic Structure
B5 – Homeostasis and response
B6 – Inheritance, variation and evolution

Additional topics for Separate Sciences only
Static electricity
Particle model and pressure
Hazards and uses of radioactive emissions and of background
Nuclear fission and fusion

Year 11 Combined & *Separate Sciences

Terms 1 & 2
B7 – Ecology
C6 – The rate and extent of chemical change
C7 – Organic chemistry
C8 – Chemical analysis

Additional topics for Separate Sciences only
Trophic levels in an ecosystem
Food production
Reactions of alkenes and alcohols
Identification of ions by chemical and spectroscopic means
Using materials
The Haber process and the use of NPK fertilisers

Terms 3 & 4
C9 – Chemistry of the atmosphere
C10 – Using resources
P5 – Forces
P6 – Waves
P7 – Magnetism

Additional topics for Separate Sciences only
Moments, levers and gears
Black body radiation
Induced potential, transformers and the National Grid
Space physics
Solar system; stability of orbital motions; satellites

Term 5
Exam Preparation


Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Biology 7401 / 7402
Exam Board Specification:

Biology means the study of life. Biology A-level gives students the skills to make connections and explore the way living species behave and work. Practical activities include using microscopes to see cell division; dissection of animal or plant systems; aseptic technique to study microbial growth; investigating activity within cells; investigating animal behaviours; investigating distributions of species in the environment. Biology A-level is a broad subject which opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Subject content:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)
  8. The control of gene expression (A-level only)

For more information on A Level Biology, click here.

Course Code: A Level Chemistry AQA Chemistry 7404/7405
Exam Board Specification:

Chemistry touches almost every aspect of human life – from food to drugs and forensics to building. Further study could be a degree in Chemistry, medicine or biological sciences. Chemistry is seen as an enabling A Level in a vast range of courses.

This course aims to extend your knowledge of Chemistry by looking at chemical ideas in more detail in different everyday contexts. Students will also get a chance to develop investigative and practical skills.

For more information on A Level Chemistry, click here.

Course Code: A Level Physics OCR A (H556)
AS/A Level GCE Physics A – H156, H556 (from 2015)
Exam Board Specification:

The OCR Physics Acourse is a content-led approach where the specification is divided into different topics, each covering different key concepts of physics. As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe. For A level only, the Practical Endorsement will also support the development of practical skills.

Year 12

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics endorsement
1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination
1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations of physics
2.1 Physical quantities and units
2.2 Making measurements and analysing data
2.3 Nature of quantities

Module 3 – Forces and motion
3.1 Motion
3.2 Forces in action
3.3 Work, energy and power
3.4 Materials
3.5 Momentum

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
4.1 Charge and current
4.2 Energy, power and resistance
4.3 Electrical circuits
4.4 Waves
4.5 Quantum physics

Year 13

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
5.1 Thermal physics
5.2 Circular motion
5.3 Oscillations
5.4 Gravitational fields
5.5 Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics
6.1 Capacitors
6.2 Electric fields
6.3 Electromagnetism
6.4 Nuclear and particle physics
6.5 Medical imaging

For more information on A Level Physics, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

Many YouTube channels such as VSauce
Revision Notes:
Doc Brown’s very detailed site:
Year 10 material:
Year 11 material: