Science Faculty

Ms. N Ghuffar

Curriculum by Year Group


Year 7

Students are introduced to the foundations of Science knowledge and skills. We have created an exciting and interactive year that will provide the awe and wonder we want to inspire in our students. They will develop practical and investigative skills.  The first unit of learning is chemistry and this will lead into learning the underpinning principles of working scientifically, chemical reactions and particles.  Next students will begin to develop the scientific knowledge and concepts of physics whereby they will understand how energy is stored and transferred, along with an understanding of the forces that are around us and how this can be useful to us in society.  In the final term, students will structure their learning on how organisms are structured and the processes that they carry out, including both plants and humans.  This will begin to build a foundation for the final biology unit which focuses on ecology and the dependence organisms have on each other for survival.

Year 8

Students step into the next level of scientific knowledge and will begin to develop skills of application so that their knowledge is opened up to both familiar and unfamiliar situations. In the first chemistry unit of learning they will link particles and chemical reactions to atomic structure and ask why reactions occur.  Their knowledge of combustion, life processes and energy transfers from Year 7 will take them into a deeper understanding of how Earth’s atmosphere is changing.  Developing and building on their learning, they will transfer their knowledge of atomic structure to begin learning about electricity and how it is able to flow through circuits.  In the second unit of physics, students will look into waves, including how waves such as light and sound travel and their applications in society.  The final unit of learning in Year 8 is biology whereby students look deeply into our genetics and how they have influenced characteristics and have been used for understanding medical conditions such as genetic diseases.  Finally, students will look at how the human body and plants help defend themselves against illnesses and how conditions with organisms are regulated for survival purposes.

Year 9

In year 9 we have our own entry level course in which students will begin learning which prepares them for the skills they need in literacy, numeracy, application and working scientifically for their GSCEs in Science. This year will follow the AQA specification Combined Trilogy which requires them to study topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This will enable them to gain a foundation for KS4 whereby they would obtain two GCSE qualifications in Science. Students will sit written examinations and must complete several required practical investigations during their studies.

Years 10 and 11

Science is considered a core subject which incorporates the building of all the key transferable skills required for success in both Further and Higher Education.  All students are required to study and gain qualifications in Science. At KS4 we offer two courses:

Pathway 1

Students will be given the opportunity to follow the AQA specification Separate Sciences. This enables students to gain three GSCEs in total. The students will be entered under the qualification titles of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course consists of external written examinations in summer term of Year 11 and students must complete several required practical investigations throughout their studies. This pathway prepares the pupil for A-level Sciences, Further Education and scientific careers.

  • GCSE AQA Biology (9-1), GCSE AQA Chemistry (9-1), GCSE AQA Physics (9-1)

Pathway 2 

Students will follow the AQA specification Combined Trilogy which requires them to study topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This pathway will enable them to gain two GCSE qualifications in Science. Students will sit written examinations and must complete several required practical investigations throughout their studies. This pathway also prepares the pupil for A-level, Further Education and some scientific careers. It is important to note that in order for students with the double award to study any of the Sciences at A-level they must achieve at least grade 5. It is always advisable to check with colleges regarding their requirements.

  • GCSE AQA Combined Science (9-1)

  • GCSE AQA Separate Science (9-1)

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01204 333 222   /   /  Essa Academy, Lever Edge Lane, Bolton, BL3 3HH