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Science and Technology

Welcome to the Science Faculty

Our faculty includes a range of subjects that are academic and practical in nature which provide students with the opportunity to experience learning inside a laboratory and obtain key skills associated with a science career.

Subjects include:

  • Combined Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics



At Key Stage 3

We use the Activate science scheme of work to support you through the journey of Key Stage 3. We will train you to become scientists for the future. You will need to be able to ask scientific questions, plan investigations, record and analyse the data. You will study a range of topics from Cells in biology to Space in physics. 





Combined Science

At Key Stage 4

GCSE study in the sciences provides the foundation for understanding the material world.

Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All students should learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should gain appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural can be described.


GCSE Combined Science Specification



At Key Stage 4

The key ideas specific to the Biology content include:

·         life processes depend on molecules whose structure is related to their function

·         the fundamental units of living organisms are cells, which may be part of highly adapted structures, including tissues, organs and organ systems, enabling living processes to be performed effectively

·         living organisms may form populations of single species, communities of many species and ecosystems, interacting with each other, with the environment and with humans in many different ways

·         living organisms are interdependent and show adaptations to their environment

·         life on Earth is dependent on photosynthesis in which green plants and algae trap light from the Sun to fix carbon dioxide and combine it with hydrogen from water to make organic compounds and oxygen

·         organic compounds are used as fuels in cellular respiration to allow the other chemical reactions necessary for life

·         the chemicals in ecosystems are continually cycling through the natural world

·         the characteristics of a living organism are influenced by its genome and its interaction with the environment

·         evolution occurs by a process of natural selection and accounts both for biodiversity and how organisms are all related to varying degrees.


All of these key ideas will be assessed as part of this qualification, through the subject content.


GCSE Biology Specification




At Key Stage 4

The key ideas specific to the Chemistry content include:

·         matter is composed of tiny particles called atoms and there are about 100 different naturally occurring types of atoms called elements

·         elements show periodic relationships in their chemical and physical properties

·         these periodic properties can be explained in terms of the atomic structure of the elements

·         atoms bond by either transferring electrons from one atom to another or by sharing electrons

·         the shapes of molecules (groups of atoms bonded together) and the way giant structures are arranged is of great importance in terms of the way they behave

·         there are barriers to reaction so reactions occur at different rates

·         chemical reactions take place in only three different ways:

o   proton transfer

o   electron transfer

o   electron sharing

·         energy is conserved in chemical reactions so can therefore be neither created nor destroyed.


All of these key ideas will be assessed as part of this qualification, through the subject content.


GCSE Chemistry Specification



At Key Stage 4

The key ideas specific to the Physics content include:

·         the use of models, as in the particle model of matter or the wave models of light and of sound

·         the concept of cause and effect in explaining such links as those between force and acceleration, or between changes in atomic nuclei and radioactive emissions

·         the phenomena of ‘action at a distance’ and the related concept of the field as the key to analysing electrical, magnetic and gravitational effects

·         that differences, for example between pressures or temperatures or electrical potentials, are the drivers of change

·         that proportionality, for example between weight and mass of an object or between force and extension in a spring, is an important aspect of many models in science

·         that physical laws and models are expressed in mathematical form.


All of these key ideas will be assessed as part of this qualification, through the subject content.


GCSE Physics Specification




Design Technology

At Key Stage 3

Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.

You will use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering your own and others’ needs, wants and values.

You will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art in your Design Technology lessons. You will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

High-quality design technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of the nation.



At Key Stage 3

The focus of studying Food in year 7 & 8 is to build useful skills in the kitchen and an understanding of the importance of a healthy diet.  Students will be taught food preparation and cooking skills, food preparation skills and clearing away skills.  They will enjoy making a varied menu that will include starters, main meals and desserts as well as finger foods and cakes.  They will also, and more importantly, learn the skill of making good healthy food on a budget – a skill that is very important in today’s society.

Food & Cookery

At Key Stage 4

Working in food or cookery requires you to have a passion for food, an interest in and understanding of how it impacts on the body and a wide range of skills depending on your job role and the setting you work in.

Careers linked to food are many and varied. For some the appeal is in hospitality and catering, for others it is in health and well-being.  There is also the world of food development and production to consider and food retail.

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