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Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students follow an enriching, balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3, which is rooted in the National Curriculum for Science. Our curriculum supports their transition from Key Stage 2 and increasingly develops the skills and techniques required for the GCSE and A level examinations in the Sciences. Although Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as ‘Science’ at KS3, each discipline is represented equally in our programme of study and effort is made to ensure that students understand which of the Sciences they are learning during each topic.

We promote high standards of scientific knowledge, scientific writing and we have many cross-curricular links with Mathematics, Geography, History and Art. Pupils develop the technical vocabulary during KS3 required to fully explain abstract concepts and, simultaneously we develop the practical skills required to conduct meaningful experiments safely. Students are assessed through SATs-style texts during every topic and students also complete a written assessment to allow them to demonstrate their learning and progression at different stages of a topic.

Students are encouraged to show interest in science-related questions and issues, pursue personal interests and career possibilities within science-related fields (e.g., take an interest in media reports on environmental issues, and seek out further information; express an interest in conducting scientific investigations of their own design; develop an interest in careers related to environmental sciences).

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Year 7

Term 1

· Introducing science
· Cells
· Particle model of matter
· Rock cycle
· Force

Term 2

· Structure and functions of body systems
· Atoms, elements, and compounds
. Sound

Term 3

· Reproduction
· Separation techniques
· Space
. Respiration

Year 8

Term 1

· The periodic table
· Acids and alkalis
· Energy

Term 2



· Healthy lifestyle
· Metals and acids
· Electricity

Term 3

· Ecosystem processes
· Adaptation and inheritance
. Photosynthesis
. Light

Year 9

Term 1 · Electricity · Motion and pressure · Separation techniques

Term 2 · Inheritance · Metals and acids

Term 3 · Atomic Structure and the periodic table, Energy, Cell Biology

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Award: AQA GCSE Combined Science at grades 9 – 1  Trilogy Science

Course Content

All students are expected to study for the Trilogy Science qualification unless they have chosen the Triple Award course and met the entry criteria for it. Students complete the AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy course over years 9, 10 & 11. 

Assessment Details

In June of year 11 six papers will be taken, two in each of Biology, Physics & Chemistry. Each paper is a written exam of 1 hour 15 minutes duration, with Foundation and Higher tiers, and is worth 70 marks, making 16.7% of the total GCSE grade. The papers consist of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. 


Paper 1: 1. Cell biology 2. Organisation 3. Infection and response 4. Bioenergetics  

Paper 2: 5. Homeostasis and response 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution 7. Ecology  


Paper 1: 1. Atomic structure and the periodic table 2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 3. Quantitative chemistry 4.  Chemical changes 5. Energy changes.  

Paper 2: 6. The rate and extent of chemical change 7. Organic chemistry 8. Chemical analysis 9.  Using resources.  


Paper 1: 1. Energy 2. Electricity 3. Particle model of matter 4. Atomic structure  

Paper 2: 5. Forces 6. Waves 7.  Magnetism and electromagnetism  

Why Study This Course?

Preparing students thoroughly to progress to ‘A’ level studies in any of the three science disciplines. It is, therefore, an ideal qualification for anyone considering a career which requires science at ‘A’ Level. GCSE Double Award Science is also a valuable stand-alone qualification. Students who have successfully achieved high grades in Double Award Science could enter employment in laboratory work or use the qualification to access other progression routes to higher education. 

Science- Careers in the Curriculum Priorities