In science at KS3 students will learn how to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively

This builds on what students learnt at KS2 and will give students all the building blocks required to start GCSE science halfway through year 9. At GCSE level the majority of students study Combined Science, which covers all three sciences and is worth two GCSE qualifications. There is the option for students to study Separate (triple) Sciences, where they get one separate GCSE for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics; this will take up their normal sciences lesson time and one of their option slots.