Students in year 7 follow content from the National Curriculum which includes the three main strands of Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each half term these different concepts are linked to a different theme and are delivered through a balance of theoretical work and practical investigations to enhance students’ knowledge and skills.

In Biology, students study the structure and function of living organisms down to a cellular level, basic structure and function of the muscular and skeletal system, ecosystems, nutrition and diet including energy requirements, gas exchange, reproduction in both animals and plants and genetics.

In Chemistry, students study states of matter, purification, atoms elements and compounds, chemical reactions, reactivity series, energy changes and the earth and atmosphere.

In Physics, students study the topics of forces space, motion and stopping distances, energy and energy changes, electricity, waves and magnetism.

In year 8 and 9 students complete their AQA Entry Level Certificate (ELC) in Science. This qualification runs alongside the current AQA GCSE courses. Depending on the amount of units completed by students, they will either receive a single or double award. Students are assessed through Externally Set Assignments (ESA) which are short tests and Teacher Devised Assignments (TDA) which are practical investigative activities. This course includes content from all 3 strands of Science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Content from this course is similar to the National Curriculum, however is tailored towards the AQA GCSE courses which expand on this content when students enter into that qualification.

During the Biology units of the ELC, students will study the following units: what is the body made of; how the body works; how the body fights disease; how the body is co-ordinated; what are the feeding relationships between living organisms; what determines where particular species live and how life has developed on earth.

During the Chemistry units of the ELC, students will study the following units: atoms, elements and compound; how structure affects properties; separating mixtures; metals and alloys; polymers; reactions of acids; energy and rate of reactions; Earth’s atmosphere; fuels and human impacts on the atmosphere and water for drinking.

During the Physics units of the ELC, students will study the following units: energy, energy transfers and energy resources; forces and work; speed and stopping distances; atoms and nuclear radiation; electrical current; domestic electricity; magnetism and electromagnetism; different types of waves and electromagnetic waves.

Where possible, in Key Stage 3, students are grouped by ability so that they are able to develop appropriate skills and reach their full potential.

In Key Stage 4, the groupings are carefully selected and adapted to promote maximal engagement and progress. The current GCSE course that students undertake is the AQA GCSE Biology which will lead students to achieving a single GCSE in Biology.

Throughout the GCSE Biology course, students will study a range of biological concepts including: cell biology; organisation; infection and response; bioenergetics; homeostasis and response; inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology. These units are delivered through a balance of theoretical work and practical investigations including required practical experiments set out by AQA to enhance students’ knowledge and skills.

Useful GCSE Revision Notes