Science FAQ





The aims of the Science Department are:

Here in the science department at Vale we strive to develop knowledge-rich, inquisitive learners who share a passion for the discipline of science.' 

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Mrs Penney

Head of Science

What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Practical science activities to develop your scientific skills
  • A challenging and engaging curriculum 
  • Develop your problem-solving abilities
  • The chance to progress into a career in science
  • An understanding of the role of science in the modern world
  • Extra and co-curricular activities

Extra-Curricular Clubs

  • Astronomy Club
  • Science Blog
  • Science Club
  • Science Leaders
  • Science Fair (Year 7 & 8)
  • Trips and visits - Jodrell Bank, Chester Zoo, Big Bang Fair and many more

Vision & Aims

To develop knowledge-rich, inquisitive learners who share a passion for the discipline of science

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview

GCSE Science Course Options

There are two different Options; AQA Triple Award Science or AQA Combined Science Trilogy

All pupils will have topic tests on each of the topics below. We have written our own topic assessments to ensure we provide regular rigour, challenge and feedback. In addition to these assessments pupils will be required to complete Mock exams.

AQA Triple Science

Pupils study 3 Separate Science GCSE’s (AQA GCSE Biology GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Physics) Pupils are taught by specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For each GCSE pupils sit two 1 hr 45 min exams paper one and paper two, each are worth 50% of the separate GCSE’s. The exams consist of a variety of different style questions including; multiple choice, structured, closed short and open answer. All of the exams are linear and taken at the end of year 11. This course is most suited for our most able learners.

AQA Combined Science Trilogy

If pupils do not opt for AQA Triple Science then they will Study AQA Combined Science. Pupils sit six exams in total, two for each subject; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each paper lasts 1 hr 15mins long. Pupils will get 2 GCSE’s for AQA Combined Science Triology.

The topics taught in KS4 are:

GCSE Biology Topics

  1. Cell biology

  2. Organisation,

  3. Infection and response,

  4. Bioenergetics,

  5. Homeostasis and response,

  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution,

  7. Ecology.

Paper 1 covers topics 1-4

Paper 2 covers topics 5-7.

GCSE Chemistry Topics

  1. Atomic Structure

  2. Bonding

  3. Qualitative Chemistry

  4. Chemical Changes

  5. Energy Changes

  6. Rate of Chemical Change

  7. Organic Chemistry

  8. Chemical Analysis

  9. Chemistry of the Atmosphere

  10. Using resources

Paper 1 covers topics 1-5 Paper 2 covers topics 6-10.

GCSE Physics Topics

  1. Energy

  2. Electricity

  3. Particle Model of Matter

  4. Atomic Structure

  5. Forces

  6. Waves

  7. Magnetism and Electromagnetism

  8. Space

Paper 1 covers topics 1-4

Paper 2 covers topics 5-8.

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview

At KS3 pupils are taught Chemistry, Physics and Biology in line with the KS3 National Curriculum and the scheme of work has been designed to allow a smooth transition from KS3 to KS4. Pupils will have the opportunity to carry out numerous Scientific investigations and develop their working scientifically skills. Pupils are assessed at timely intervals throughout the year to monitor progress and to ensure that all pupils are provided with the necessary support, and challenge.

The aim of the KS3 science curriculum is to give the students a solid foundation of scientific knowledge and understanding in order to prepare them for their KS4 courses, but more importantly, to ignite a passion and spark a curiosity in the subject. To this end science lessons encourage the students to ask questions, to take risks in their learning and, of course, to carry out practical work.

Knowledge, Skills & Understanding

Science KSU