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  • Mr. K Fynn (Head of Science)                 
  • Mr J Wilson (Teacher of Science)     
  • Mr H Holness (Teacher of Science) 
  • Mr S Arnold (Senior Science Technician)

Year 7 Scheme of work

Year 8 Scheme of work

Year 9 Scheme of work

Year 10 Scheme of work

Year 11 Scheme of work 

The Science Department in general provides a rich and engaging curriculum for all learners including a diverse range of enriching extra curricula activities to widen their horizon in science beyond the classroom. We aim to stimulate the curiosity and imagination of our learners about the world around them and develop their creativity as well as their ability to think critically. We encourage learners to link practical experiences with scientific ideas. Experimentation, researching and modeling are some of the methodologies used to develop, collect, analyse and evaluate data and explanations.

We consider it essential that all learners should enjoy learning science, make good progress and achieve their potential. The study of science should enable them to discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological developments, which affect Industries, Business and Medicine in improving quality of life. The health, safety and well being of living organisms as well as consideration for the environment form important aspects of their learning experience in science. Through studying science, our learners should acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding that would enable them to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and become responsible citizens who are capable of making a positive contribution to the development of society.

Key Stage 3

Exploring Science 7 – Working Scientifically

Year 7 units include

BIOLOGY: 7A Cells, tissues, organs and systems, 7B Sexual reproduction in animals, 7C Muscles and bones, 7D Ecosystems.

CHEMISTRY: 7E Mixtures and separation, 7F Acids and alkalis, 7G The particle model, 7H Atoms, elements and molecules.

PHYSICS: 7I Energy, 7J Current electricity, 7K Forces, 7L Sound.


Exploring Science 8 – Working Scientifically

Year 8 units include

BIOLOGY: 8A Food and nutrition, 8B Plants and their reproduction, 8C Breathing and respiration, 8D Unicellular organisms.

CHEMISTRY: 8E Combustion, 8F The periodic table, 8G Metals and their uses, 8H Rocks.

PHYSICS: 8I Fluids, 8J Light, 8K Energy transfers, 8L Earth and space.

Key Stage 4

We focus on academic rigour and excellent subject knowledge and we equip them with the skills to be proficient practical scientists. We provide a comprehensive enrichment programme, which encourages students to develop their interest in Science.

AQA is the exam board that we follow for all of the qualifications that we offer at KS4 & KS5, except for KS5 physics where OCR is pursued.

A- Level Sciences are offered in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They are taken by students with curiosity in and passion for Science & Science related study. These qualifications are the pathway for STEM related study at university. In 2016, students went onto study Science related degrees at Russell Group Universities.

GCSE Science A; stresses on scientific literacy; the knowledge and understanding that students need to know the impact of Science and Technology on everyday life.

GCSE Additional Science; uses different contexts to relate science concepts to their applications. Focusing on scientific explanations and models, it gives students an insight into how scientists help develop our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. It meets the needs of students seeking a deeper understanding of basic scientific ideas.

GCSE Further Additional Science; offer an opportunity for further developing an understanding of science explanations.


KS4 Information

All students follow the AQA Science course outline. Some students will study for a Triple Science GCSE, which will result in the awarding of a separate GCSE in GCSE Science A, Additional Science and Further Additional Science. Most students will study for a Double Science GCSE, which will result in the awarding of two GCSEs, namely Science A and Additional Science. Both of these GCSEs will assess students’ knowledge of the three main fields of Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). 

The table below summarises the unit of assessment for students at Archbishop Tenison’s School:

Year Group Science Course Examinations to be completed Controlled Assessments Certification

Y11 Further Additional Science

Unit1 (B3)

Exchange of materials, Transporting materials, Keeping internal conditions constant and How humans can affect the environment

Unit2 (C3)

The periodic table, Water, Energy calculations, Analysis and Synthesis and Organic chemistry.

Unit 3(P3)

Medical applications of physics, Using physics to make things work and Using magnetic fields to keep things moving.

Further Additional Science: students will sit three examinations, which assess their knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will certificate for Further Additional Science in addition to Science A and Additional Science which had already been examined.

Y11 Additional Science


Cells, tissues & Organs, Organisms in the environment, Enzymes, Energy from respiration, Simple inheritance in plants and animals as well as Old and new species.


Structure and bonding, Structure and properties, How much, Rates and energy and Salts and electrolysis.


Motion, Forces, Work, energy and momentum, Current electricity, Mains electricity, Radioactivity and Energy from the nucleus.

Examinations: All examinations are now linear and will be sat at the end of each academic year. Each examination contributes 25% to students’ overall grade. The examinations that your ward will be entered for at the end of Year 11 will depend on whether he is following the Further Additional Science Award or the Double Science Award

Instigative skills assessments: All Investigative skills assessments are set by AQA and will be completed during lesson time at school. Each investigative skills assessment will contribute 25% to the overall GCSE grade.

Double Science: students will sit six examinations, which assess their knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will certificate for Science A and Additional Science. If they had not already sat the Science A examination.

Science: Year12 / Year 13 Level Biology

Exam Board: AQA

Course Outline

The Biology course is separated into two distinct areas, Year 12 and Year 13. The Year 12 is designed to be studied and examined together in Year 13 to gain a complete A-level in Biology.

Year 12 course content: Biological molecules, Cells, Organisms exchange substances with their environment and Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms               


Year 13 course content: Energy transfers in and between organisms,                                              

Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expression.


Textbooks are supplied and guidance is given on additional reading material.

There is the opportunity to subscribe to “the New Scientist” at a reduced rate. 

Useful Websites for Biology:

New Scientist magazine

Schools Science Review published by The Association for Science Education

Institute of Biology

Science and Plants for Schools

The Wellcome Trust (latest research in biomedical science)

EU Nature Conservation

World Wide Fund’s education programme

S-Cool – Another good revision site

Science: Year12 / Year 13 Chemistry

Exam Board: AQA

This specifications will help to inspire students, nurture their passion for chemistry and lay the groundwork for further study in courses such as chemistry, medicine and pharmacy.

Course Outline

The Chemistry course is separated into two distinct areas, Year 12 and Year 13. The Year 12 is designed to be studied and examined together in Year 13 to gain a complete A-level in Chemistry. 

Course content for Year 12 and Year 13: Physical chemistry 1&2, Inorganic chemistry 1&2 and organic chemistry 1&2.

Assessment across all key stages
Learners at each key stage are assessed using a variety of strategies. These include End of unit tests, Key Assessments, Peer Assessment, Assessment of practical skills, Research and external assessment. AFL forms a key component of our assessment strategies. Pupils learning and progress are constantly monitored and tracked at all Key Stages.

Regular setting of homework and research projects at all key stages provide learners with the opportunity to consolidate, extend learning as well as to prepare for subsequent learning.

Useful websites


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