Key stage 3 science

Science at Key Stage 3

Year 7 begins with a general introduction to Science, linking learning from KS2 and developing practical skills through scientific investigations. Pupils explore what makes a good Scientist and gain an understanding of the difference and similarities between Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The topics then covered include:

  • Biology: Cells, reproduction, and interdependence of plants and animals.
  • Chemistry: acids and alkalis, separating mixtures, solids liquids and gases.
  • Physics: Energy, electricity and forces.

Year 8 builds on this learning and then prepares students for their GCSE studies. Topics covered in include:

  • Biology: digestion, respiration and photosynthesis.
  • Chemistry: Periodic table, elements, compounds and metal reactivity.
  • Physics: Waves, heat transfer and speed.

Core and Additional Science GCSE

Why study this subject?

All aspects of a good science education are covered in this enjoyable, practical based course that provides the opportunity for all students to develop the science knowledge, understanding and skills needed for adult life.

What will I learn?

The Core Science course consists of biology, chemistry and physics units. In biology students study the effect of drugs and disease on the human body, and how humans affect the environment. In chemistry, students study the importance and uses of rocks and crude oil and the changes in the Earth and its atmosphere. Physics includes the study of energy, electricity, the electromagnetic spectrum and the nature of the universe. Additional Science builds on the knowledge acquired in core science. Biology includes cells, energy in living things and inheritance. Chemistry includes atomic structure, chemical reactions, and the uses of chemistry in industrial processes. Physics includes the study of forces, energy, static electricity and radioactivity.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

More details can be found at or by speaking to any member of the Science department.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

A good qualification in science is highly prized by future employers. The wide range of topics covered and the skills that will be developed during the course will enable you to progress into a diverse range of careers or to study science post-16.


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