Head of Academy: Mrs C. Smith

Assistant Heads of Academy: 

Mrs J. Tumilty:  

Miss L. Perry: 



Science Recommended Reads

Key Stage 3:

Activate 1 Question Progress Succeed by Oxford KS3 Science
Activate 2 Question Progress Succeed by Oxford KS3 Science
Activate 3 Question Progress Succeed by Oxford KS3 Science

Key Stage 4:

AQA GCSE Biology Student Book Paperback – 26 May 2016 by Ann Fullick and Lawrie Ryan
AQA GCSE Chemistry Student Book Paperback – 26 May 2016 by Lawrie Ryan
AQA GCSE Physics Student Book Paperback – 7 Jul 2016 by Jim Breithaupt and Lawrie Ryan


The science sections of firefly are full of resources to help students in all years study for the course they are following. Students studying in KS3, for their GCSEs, or for their A-levels will find videos, informational documents and PowerPoints, as well as worksheets and practice questions to test themselves. 

Key Stage 3

Our team of experienced, specialist science teachers have designed an inspiring programme of study to deliver the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum to enthuse and challenge pupils to learn and achieve in their first two years; mastering the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills needed for GCSE-level success.


Year 7

Year 8


Cells, Tissues & Organs

Reproduction & Inheritance

Health & Disease

The Environment & Interdependence






Materials & Particles

Elements & Compounds

Mixtures & Separation Techniques

Chemical Reactions







Energy & Electricity


Heat, Light & Sound














Pupils in year 7 and 8 are assigned a learning ability band and are assessed without levels (AWOL) using standardised materials pupils complete throughout each unit of study.  Pupil progress is then measured against threshold grids detailing age appropriate expectations per unit, per year.

Knowledge and skills threshold grids. KS3 Threshold grids

Key Stage 4

Pupils will follow one of two pathways through GCSE Science: Combined (Trilogy) Science leading to 2 GCSE qualifications or Single Science in Biology, Chemistry and Physics leading to 3 GCSE qualifications. Decisions on the best pathway for individual students are made at end of year 10 based on progress.

Subject Content

Single scientists study the same topics but to a greater depth than students following the combined science pathway.


Each qualification is terminally assessed meaning all exams are taken at the end of Year 11.  Science qualifications are assessed via 100% examination, there is no coursework element.  Pupils over the 3 years of GCSE study will complete a minimum of 12 required practical tasks and these will be assessed within the examination papers.

All students will sit 6 science exams at the end of year 11: two biology exams, two chemistry exams and two physics exams covering all the content of the GCSE course.

Teaching Schedule

Long Term Plan - Year 9 Science, Year 10 Science

Post 16

A variety of post 16 pathways are offered by the Science Academy including academic and vocational qualifications.  These allow pupils to build upon their knowledge and understanding of key science concepts studied within GCSE and to further develop their skills in research, analysis, evaluation and independent learning.

A level courses offered include Biology, Chemistry and Physics alongside vocational BTECs in Health and Social Care and Forensic Science.   

New A level Specifications – Year 12 and 13.

AQA Biology LONG TERM PLAN- Year 12 biology long term plan

AQA Chemistry LONG TERM PLAN – Year 12 chemistry long term plan

AQA Physics LONG TERM PLAN – Year 12 physics long term plan

AQA Biology LONG TERM PLAN- Year 13 biology long term plan

AQA Chemistry LONG TERM PLAN – Year 13 chemistry long term plan

AQA Physics LONG TERM PLAN – Year 13 physics long term plan

New A Level Assessment:

A Level assessment is terminal at the end of year 13 and consists of exams covering year 12 and 13 content.  There is no coursework element for any of the new A level qualifications.  12 assessed practicals are conducted inside school time to judge pupil competencies in practical skills; additionally, these are assessed in A level examinations also.

Any queries regarding these courses please email:

Biology: Mrs C Smith

Chemistry: Ms H Mercer

Physics: Miss L Perry:

Level 3 Vocational Science Specifications:

Health and Social Care:

Applied Science:

Level 3 Vocational Science assessment:

Health and Social Care is offered as Level 3 BTEC Diploma and Extended Certificate qualifications which are broadly equivalent to two A Levels and one A Level respectively. These are studied over two years and consist of a portfolio of coursework that each student is required to produce. In addition there two units that are assessed by examination for the Diploma and One unit assessed by examination for the Extended Certificate..

Health and Social Care long term plans – Year 12 health and SC, Year 13 health and SC

Applied Science is also offered as a Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, again broadly equivalent to an A Level and studied over a two year period requiring the students to produce a portfolio of coursework. There is one unit that is assessed by examination based on topics for biology, chemistry and physics.

Applied Science long term plans – Year 12 Applied Science , Year 13 Forensics

Any queries regarding these courses please contact Mrs J Tumilty:



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