Curriculum Intent

In Science, our curriculum intent is:

  • To deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum, which enables students to reach their maximum potential by building upon and developing their scientific knowledge, working scientifically and mathematical skills
  • To make connections between science and Catholicity, and science within local and wider contexts


Curriculum Plan

KS3 Science Curriculum Plan

GCSE Biology Curriculum Plan

GCSE Chemistry Curriculum Plan

GCSE Physics Curriculum Plan

A Level Biology Curriculum Plan

A Level Chemistry Curriculum Plan

A Level Physics Curriculum Plan


Student Learning Journey

Student Science Learning Journey


Exam Board Information


GCSE AQA Biology (8461):

GCSE AQA Chemistry (8462):

GCSE AQA Physics (8463):

ASDAN Science short course:

AQA A level Biology (7402):

AQA A level Chemistry (7405):

AQA A level Physics (7405):

Reading List

Key Stage 3


  • Before The World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science – Claire Eamer
  • Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World – Rachel Ignotofsky
  • Why Does Asparagus Make Your Pee Smell? – Andy Brunning
  • The Science Book – DK Books
  • Horrible Sciences – Nick Arnold




Key Stage 4


  • Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  • The Periodic Table – Primo Levi
  • Why Do Penguins Feet Freeze? – Mick O’Hare
  • The Secret Science of Superheroes – Mark Lorch and Andy Miah
  • The Mould in Dr Floreys Coat: The Remarkable True Story of the Penicillin Miracle – Eric Lax




Key Stage 5 – Biology



Frank Ryan: Virolution

Lewis Thompson: How We Live and Why We Die, The Secret Lives of Cell

Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene

Charles Darwin: The Origin of Species

Adam Rutherford: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, The Stories in Our Genes

Matt Ridley: Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

James Watson: DNA, The Secret of Life

Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher

Armand Marie Leroi: Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body

David S. Goodsell: The Machinery of Life

Ernst Mayr: This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World

George C. Williams: Plan and Purpose in Nature

Edward O Wilson: The Diversity of Life Richard Leaky: The Origin of Humankind

Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything



An interactive cell biology site –

A web site showing illustrations of many processes of biotechnology –

Visit the world of electron-microscopy –

Explore the genetic code –

Details of the history of the best scientific discoveries –

The site of the scientific journal –

Podcasts, news and interviews with scientists about recent scientific developments –

The London Natural History Museum’s website –

The website of the British Medical Journal –


Key Stage 5 – Chemistry


Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Mark Miadownik: Stuff Matters, Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape our Man Made World

Hugh Aldersey-Williams: Periodic Tales

John Emsley: Nature’s Building Blocks, An A-Z Guide to the Elements

Sam Kean: The Disappearing Spoon

Oliver Sachs: Uncle Tungsten

John Emsley: The Shocking History of Phosphorus: A Biography of the Devil’s Element



Periodic Table of Videos by Martyn Poliakoff –

Royal Society of Chemistry –

Institution of Chemical Engineers –


Key Stage 5 – Physics


Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow: The Grand Design

Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time

Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw: Why Does 𝐸 = 𝑀𝐶2

Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw: The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen

Peter Ackroyd: Newton

Helen Czerski: Storm in a Teacup, The Physics of Everyday Life

Simon Singh: Big Bang

Marcus Chown: The Ascent of Gravity

Janna Levin: How the Universe Got It’s Spots

Jon Butterworth: Smashing Physics

Manjit Kumar: Quantum



The institute of physics –

Curious and quirky videos describing the various symbols used in physics and astronomy –

Stay up to date with the latest breakthroughs in physics –

CERN, home of the world’s largest particle accelerator –


Career Links

We will soon be updating this page so that you are able to see what future careers/prospects you could undertake if you continue to study this subject at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.


Subject Leader Information

Subject Leader: Mr Adam Blazewicz-Bell