A combined course for all which ensures that each student engages in study aimed at understanding scientific concepts, developments and methods of enquiry which shape the modern world.


Programme of Study


Key Stage 3 Science

Year 7

  • Cells and  reproduction
  • Mixtures
  • Forces
  • Elements
  • Digestion and lungs
  • Energy


Year 8

  • Light and sound
  • Microbes and ecology
  • Rocks
  • Elements and mixtures
  • Magnets and heating
  • Food and respiration


Key Stage 4 Science

Year 9

Topics covered in Biology:

  • Organisation of living organisms
  • Infection and the immune system
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution

Topics covered in Chemistry:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Chemical changes
  • Rocks and materials
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Energy changes

Topics covered in Physics:

  • Energy transfer
  • Waves
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces


Year 10

Topics covered in Biology:

  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Organisation of living organisms
  • Ecology
  • Cell Biology

Topics covered in Chemistry:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Analysis of substances
  • Chemical changes
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemistry of the air
  • The Earth’s resources

Topics covered in Physics:

  • Particle model of matter
  • Electricity
  • Atomic structure
  • Energy


Year 11

For examination in 2017:

AQA Additional Science 4408:


For examination in 2018:

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy 8464 (Double Award)

AQA Biology (8461)

AQA Chemistry (8462)

AQA Physics (8463) (Triple Award)


Key Stage 5 Science


As Level & 1st year of A Level

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms

Second year of A Level

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, population, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression



AS & 1st year of A Level

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Acid-based and redox reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • The periodic table and periodicity
  • Group 2 and the halogens
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium
  • pH and buffers

Second year of A Level

  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements
  • Organic chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)



Content Overview

  • Measurements and errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Electricity
  • Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
  • Fields and their Consequences
  • Nuclear Physics

Optional Topics:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Turning Points of Physics
  • Electronics


Further information about the programme of study for science can be obtained from the Faculty Leader, Dr. T. Sweet.

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