Intent Statement

Science is a multi-faceted subject which encompasses numerous skill sets. Students learn:  

· Transferable skills such as scientific numeracy including collecting and displaying data, graphical skills and data analysis.  

· Investigative skills- promoting questioning and reasoning of the world around them.  

· To participate in debates around numerous ethical issues such as; genetic testing and cancer treatment. 

· Practical work deepens students understanding of the relevance of science through engaging activities and allowing students to apply their understanding and to broaden their general knowledge.  

· Science also offers opportunities to consolidate the whole school curriculum with cross links between many subjects including; geography, math, food sciences, PE and history.

Department Information

We deliver a Science curriculum for students aged 11-19 with practical Science at the core of our lessons. Students gain hands on experience and develop an appreciation and understanding of key concepts allowing them to develop a clearer understanding of the world around them. Science underpins the modern world from pioneering medical techniques, developing sanitary water and understanding the Physics needed to commandeer Space Exploration.

At Key Stage 5 we offer a range of post-16 qualifications to cater for a range of interests and abilities including A-level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and a BTEC in Human Biology.


Key Stage 5

Exam board: AQA (Year 1 AS, Year 2 A2)

Entry requirements: GCSE grade 6 in Science, English and Maths


Year 1 – 2 exams:

Paper 1 and 2: Biological molecules, Cells, Exchange and Mass Transport, Genetics and Diversity

Year 2 – 3 exams

Paper 1: Year 12 content revisited

Paper 2: Response and Homeostasis, Inheritance and Populations, Gene Expression and DNA Technology

Paper 3: Synoptic (covering content over the 2 year programme)

Skills gained

Students will gain a broad range of Biology knowledge building on that gained from GCSE, using examples from Cells, Humans, Plants, Ecosystems and the Environment to apply their knowledge to explain how complex biological processes work. Students will complete 12 required practicals over the 2 years which will give them key laboratory skills in an independent setting. These practical’s are assessed and lead to an additional accreditation recognised by universities.


Year 12 Year 13
Biological Molecules Photosynthesis and respiration
Cells Energy in ecosystems and nutrient cycles
Transport across membranes The Nervous System
Cell recognition and immune response Homeostasis
Exchange and Digestion Inheritance
Mass Transport in animals and plants Populations and Evolution
DNA genes and Protein synthesis Gene expression and Cancer
Genetic and Biodiversity DNA technology and Genetic Fingerprinting




Learning Journeys


Year 12 Learning Journey - Biology - Year 12.pdf
Year 13 Learning Journey - Biology - Year 13.pdf