Science helps us to understand life, the universe and own place within it. The world and our society are constantly changing as new discoveries are made and new problems encountered. Science is the key to understanding these changes.
At the heart of science lies ‘the scientific method’, which teaches us to critically investigate the world around us and explain our findings.
Through their work in science, students are also developing thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative and creative skills that will stand them in good stead throughout their life.
Science in key stage 3
In Key Stage 3, students follow the ‘Exploring Science’ scheme of work until the end of Year 8. This course provides students with a course that mirrors the new GCSE specification. We look at progress at the end of Key Stage 3 to decide on the best route through Key Stage 4.
Science in key stage 4
From Year 9 onwards, students follow a combined science or separate science route.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) Combined Science
Link: GCSE Combined Science
This route follows a mixed programme of biology, chemistry and physics and leads to two qualifications in combined science.
Separate science is the more demanding route and prepares students for study at A level and beyond. The course includes detailed study of biology, chemistry and physics courses, leading to a separate GCSE in each subject.
Click to read our learning programmes in science.