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Curriculum overview

The Science department will deliver a strong knowledge-based curriculum, providing opportunity for students to discover the excitement of the Science and the phenomena surrounding the subject; it will aim to instil a desire for practical discovery, while fostering the inquisitive nature of students.

A strong focus will also be placed upon literacy. Teachers will be aware of the vocabulary demands of a topic and will make a conscious choice to focus on the words that students most need to understand. New scientific vocabulary will be taught explicitly and by using direct instruction and modelling, students will quickly gain insight into how these words are to linked to other aspects of science.

The department will also strive to provide a current foundation in the elements of scientific method, theory, applicability and laboratory practice that will encourage and inspire students to acquire an in-depth appreciation of the scientific endeavour. Students undertake experiments or view demonstrations where possible which, in addition to developing their practical skills, will also develop their ability to of hypothesise, predict, analyse, interpret and evaluate.

To fulfil this aim, the Science staff will provide a safe environment in which students’ views and personal aims are valued. Staff will encourage students to actively participate in their well-planned and highly differentiated lessons; where students of all abilities are given an appropriate level of challenge. Through a practically based course, skilled, deep and lifelong learning can be achieved, as students are prepared for the world of work and further study in the Sciences.


  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Qualification: GCSE
  • Paper 1: Written Exam:
      • 1 hour 45 minutes, Topics 1-4, Foundation and Higher Tier (50% of GCSE)
  • Paper 2: Written Exam:
      • 1 hour 45 minutes, Topics 5-7, Foundation and Higher Tier (50% of GCSE)

Links to Future Study & Careers

The study of science develops many skills such as observation and enquiry skills, logic reasoning, critical analysis, teamwork and creative problem solving, all of which are sought after by employers regardless of the sector. Students completing GCSE Biology with a good pass can access all A-Level Biology, apprenticeships and vocational courses. After A Levels students can move into higher education, completing foundation and degree courses specialising in their area of interest. Science provides a foundation for many careers. For example: medical sciences (nursing, radiology, midwifery, surgeon, anaesthesiologist, pharmacist, sports science), engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace), architecture, food and drugs manufacturing or research, marine biologist, environmental science, botanist, agriculture, astronomer, veterinary science, hairdressing, teaching and many more.

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