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KS3 Revision

Year 7 Topics to Revise

BBC Bitesize - KS3 Science

  • Muscles

  • Organs

  • Cells and cell structures

  • Ecosystems and selective breeding/natural selection

  • Variation in genes

  • Distillation 

  • Plant reproduction

  • Solids, Liquids and gases

  • Particle model

  • Compounds

  • Elements and mixtures

  • Combustion

  • Burning fuels

  • Space (Day, night, seasons, Eclipses etc)

  • Energy and energy transfer

  • Atoms Elements and Mixtures

  • Gas Pressure

  • Forces and friction

  • Reversible/ Irreversible reactions

  • Microscopes

  • Combustion

Year 8 Topics to Revise

  • Diet 

  • Energy

  • Photosynthesis

  • Metal reactions

  • Properties of metals 

  • Rocks and the rock cycle

  • Insulation

  • Heat transfers

  • Speed (including the speed equation)

  • Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

  • Pressure (gas)

  • Cells

  • Breathing and the respiratory system

  • Sound and sound waves

KS3 Standards

To view the KS3 Standards please click here.

Curriculum Information


The KS3 curriculum is delivered through Exploring Science over a two year course. 

It is a combination of inspiring and engaging Physics, Chemistry and Biology topics. 

Areas covered include:

Year 7


Year 8



Long Term Plans

Year 7


Year 8















KS4 Science begins in Y9 where students begin their AQA science education.  They will study a wide and rich content including looking at how the world around us works, animal and plant structure and functions and forces and energy on and off earth.

Year 10

In year 10 students continue their AQA course to be examined at the end of year 11.  Triple scientist will be looking to begin their additional studies all providing a fascinating in depth look into biology, chemistry and physics in the 21st century.

Year 11

Students conclude their AQA journey and prepare for exams reflecting on a varied and comprehensive science curriculum having gained a in depth knowledge of science around us.  

Long Term Plans

Below are the long term plans for KS4 including Year 9:

GCSE Science Long Term Plans for KS4

Useful Links

Tassomai: The Learning Programme - The smart way to learn science, the simple way to study.

BBC GCSE Bitesize: Science AQA Revision help 

Revision Guides

Buy your revision guides! Orders to be made at the prep room:

KS3 - £7

Y10 - Trilogy £24 for all 3 books

Y10 - Separates £33 for all 3 books

Y11 can still purchase revision guides from the science department:

There are 3 to purchase.  For trilogy students they are £6.00 each totalling £18.

For separate science students there are also 3 to purchase at £6.50 each totalling £19.50.

In addition the following GCSE Science revision guides are available for Apple and Android devices from: cgpbooks.co.uk/apps

CGP Apps

The following Revision Guide Apps are also recommended for GCSE Science students:

Science Revision

All available from iTunes

Course Information

GCSE Core and Additional Science


This course will allow students to take science further at A-Level or other vocational routes.  It allows students to either continue their study of science into further education or apply what has been gained to other avenues. It really allows you to do whatever you want with science!! From pharmaceuticals, medicines and nursing to engineering, energy companies and many other careers.

What is the course about?

GCSE Trilogy Science gives students a good basic knowledge of Science by studying a single unit from each of the paper 1 sciences. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills.

When combined with the paper2 content of the course, it can form the Science component of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) if students achieve A* to C grades in both GCSEs.

Paper 2 GCSE Science offers students a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds.

What qualification will I gain?

Two GCSEs. One from Y10 Science and one from Y11 Science. The higher paper students can gain grades from A*-C and the foundation paper C-E grades.

How will I be assessed?

Due to proposed changes in the curriculum for 2016 it is expected that science will be assessed by examination only.


Paper 1 : separate exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taken

Paper 2 : candidates take separate exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics


What will the lessons be like?

The lessons will vary between traditional learning of facts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to discussions, debate and practical experiments.  Current scientific affairs are also discussed which is helpful for progression post-16 in any subject and interview.

What will this course prepare me for?

GCSE Triple Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics


What is the course about?

The triple sciences follow the paper 1 and paper 2 content of the science course.  It is in Year 11 that the students take extra units that make the difference between separate and the Trilogy science combination.

What qualification will I gain?

Three individual GCSEs: one in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  These qualifications are usually taken at the Higher Tier of entry.

How will I be assessed?

Due to proposed changes in the curriculum for 2016 it is expected that science will be assessed by examination only.

  • Further studies in section paper 3 for Biology, Chemistry and Physics are also examined in Year 11.


Students will sit 9 exams. 3 in each of the disciplines at the end of year 11


What will the lessons be like?

The lessons will vary between studious concentration on current scientific developments to testing current hypotheses via practical investigations and experiments.  The lessons will be just like the Trilogy Science but with the extra units. These units have current affairs in terms of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  There is also a greater demand on students in these extra units.

What will this course prepare me for?

This course prepares you for 3 separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  With grades from A*-B you will be in an ideal position to take on the challenges of ‘A’ levels in all of the three sciences.  This course does make you more competitive for the more advanced post-16 courses and careers such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences. 


Science Key Words to Improve your Literacy

Click on the link below and make sure you can spell the words and understand their meanings:

Science Key Words

Science Intervention/Booster Sessions

The Science department hold regular sessions for pupils to attend:

Science Homework Clinic - Open to all pupils, 

Any student wishing to get help with their Science homework or ask questions about classwork is welcome in lab 232 every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime. See Mrs Briggs for a dinner pass if you intend to come along.

Year 10 Science Boosters

Check the Student Notices or speak to your teacher for information about these.

Year 11 Science Boosters

Check the Student Notices or speak to your teacher for information about these.

Rules of Intervention

All students who attend intervention must:

- Be punctual.

- Be prepared to work: Any silly disruptive behaviour will result in you being asked to leave and recorded as non-attendance. The normal CfL rules do apply during intervention: You are there to learn.

- Obtain a pass from the relevant member of staff no later than break on the day of the intervention: No pass means no admittance to the building and recorded as non-attendance.