Science Department

 At Shavington Academy, in the science department, we encourage pupils to learn through investigation and discovery. Using practical experimentation and research to develop a depth in scientific knowledge, building transferable skills we need later in life. 

The three sciences; biology, chemistry and physics are studied equally, and we offer a separate science course at KS4. 

Pupils will examine topics from the building blocks of life, molecules and matter, to the laws of physics, which govern the world we know. These topics are revisited over 5 years to build a high level of understanding for each individual pupil. 

We also discuss important current developments to relate learning to real life and how science can impact us all.

See below departmental contact information for science. If you are unsure who to contact initially, please contact the Curriculum Leader, Miss S Foster.

Miss S Foster Curriculum Leader

Mr R Betteley Advanced Skills Teacher

Mrs H Barlow Teacher of Science

Mrs N Seddon Teacher of Science

Mr D Franklin Teacher of Science

Mr C Booth Teacher of Science

Key Stage 3 Journey

Our KS3 course is designed to encapsulate all elements of the science national curriculum. Learning is sequenced carefully to support pupils in gradually building an understanding of scientific phenomena and how the world around us works. All pupils students follow a balanced curriculum, clearly divided into biology, chemistry and physics big questions. As well as developing our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of scientific theory, our curriculum has an integrated working scientifically component and a clear focus on literacy and communication that seeks to develop pupils’ confidence in articulating their scientific ideas.

Year 7 Learning Journey

Year 8 Learning Journey

Year 9 Learning Journey



Key Stage 4 Journey

GCSE Science Courses & Examinations

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy (8464) – most pupils.

A combined science qualification or ‘double award’, covering biology, chemistry and physics to give the equivalent of TWO science GCSEs 

Excellent preparation to study many science courses after Key Stage 4

Accepted for A level courses 

Separate Science Course

AQA Separate Sciences  

GCSE Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8463) gives THREE GCSEs 

Provides an excellent foundation for A-level


When: All exams take place at the end of the course in Year 11. 

Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Tiers: Foundation; GRADES 1-5 and Higher; GRADES 4-9.

Marked on a 17 point scale. 9-9 is the highest, 1-1 is the lowest.

Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and has 70 marks. All students will take six papers, a Paper 1 and Paper 2 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Combined Science: All examinations are 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Separate Science: All examinations are 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Year 10 Biology Learning Journey

Year 10 Chemistry Learning Journey

Year 10 Physics Learning Journey

Year 11 Biology Learning Journey

Year 11 Chemistry Learning Journey

Year 11 Physics Learning Journey


 Mathematical Requirements

Pupils will be asked to demonstrate a range of mathematical skills within their science examinations. These include: arithmetic and numerical computation, handling data, algebra, graphs, geometry and trigonometry. Questions will target maths skills at a demand suitable to the tier of paper.

Pupils can use, and are encouraged to bring to school, a scientific calculator. The proportion of marks dedicated to maths skills per subject: biology 10%, chemistry 20% and physics 30%. Physics maths skills include recalling and applying a list of physics equations.

Practical Assessment

Practical work in science is vital to support and consolidate scientific concepts, to develop investigative skills and to build and master the practical skill itself. GCSE assessments are designed to assess practical understanding, allocating 15% of the marks to practical questions.

The practical investigations to be studied are designed by the exam board and may be carried out as class practical activities or demonstrations. Pupils study 8 required practical investigations for each separate science course or 20 in total for the combined science course.

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