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 three years; mastering the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills needed for GCSE-level success.  

Within year 7 and 8 pupils knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 1 and 2 programmes of study are further built upon.  Year 9 study further lays the foundations for GCSE by studying fundamental ideas in Science in increased depth.  These are then further built upon in years 10 and 11.  



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. Throughout year 9 pupils are assessed via cumulative tests throughout the year.  These assessments are compared to ability banding of pupils in order to assess if on, above or below expectations.

Long Term Plan - Year 7 and 8Year 9 Science

Year 7 Schemes of work

Year 8 Schemes of work

Year 9 Schemes of work

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.

The below year 11 scheme is indicative content however, based on mock performances the year 11 scheme is altered in response to the strengths and weaknesses of classes/pupils.  


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.

In year 10 and 11 pupils as assessed via cumulative assessments throughout the year in each science discipline.  Performance on these is comapr4ed against target grades to assess if a pupil is making appropriate progress. 

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.  Combined science pupils sit 6 x 1 hour 15 minute pape4rs, single science papers are 6 x 1 hour 45 minutes.

Teaching Schedule

Long Term plan Year 10 Science, Year 11 Science

Year 10 Schemes of work

Year 11 Single Science Schemes of Work

Year 11 Combined Science Schemes of Work


Homework takes many forms throughout science study at Maghull High.  This ranges from research, learning tasks, revision, questions, exam questions and quizzes set through firefly.  Homework will be recorded by pupils in their planners and also by staff on firefly.


The department have a very successful science club that is ran by Miss Venables on a Thursday after school 3.20-4.20 in room 54.  All welcome.  Email Miss Venables if you would like mor4e information  Study support for Year 11 pupils is offered on Mondays after school 3.20-4.20 in room 51.  All welcome.  Post 16 pupils have study support “drop-ins” either at lunch time or after school with their teachers.

A range of trips, guest speakers, competitions and collapsed days are offered throughout the year to all pupils.  These include: 

•Salters science festival
•Unilever days
•Science ambassador visits
•Chester zoo visits
•“Make it work” robot challenge at Hugh Baird
•Big Bang Science Fair
•Visits to Daresbury lab
•STEM visit to Disneyland Paris

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.   

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

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 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: Mrs C Smith

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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