Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.  St Wilfrid’s Academy also recognises the importance of working to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.


The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding

Key Stage 3 is divided into four areas which often overlap with each other. These are:-

Biology: This includes topics such as cells and their functions, humans as organisms, living things in their environment and plants as organisms. 

Chemistry: Topics include elements and the Periodic Table, acids and bases, chemical changes and properties of metals. 

Physics: in this strand, pupils study electricity and magnetism, forces and motion, light and sound and energy changes. 

Working Scientifically: this involves learning skills in planning and carrying out experiments. The emphasis is on solving problems, safely using appropriate equipment and learning to evaluate evidence.

Working scientifically is described separately at the beginning of the programme of study, but must always be taught through and clearly related to substantive science content in the programme of study.

KS4 - Year 11

The Year 11 students study OCR Gateway Science GCSE graded from A* to G.  They sit 2 papers in May / June covering 6 topics:  

  • B1 Understanding organisms and B2 Understanding our environment
  • C1 Carbon chemistry and C2 Chemical resources
  • P1 Energy for the home and P2 Living for the future

Students also complete a controlled Practical Assessment involving a research task, collecting results, presenting data and evaluating the investigation.  This task is worth 25% of the student’s overall marks for the qualification.

Year 10

The Year 10 students are starting the new AQA Biology GCSE which will be graded 1 – 9 with 9 being the highest grade.  The units studied are: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

The students will sit 2 exam papers at the end of Year 11 and will complete 10 required practicals throughout the two year course.

Career Pathways

Many jobs require a GCSE as a minimum qualification. There are a vast range of other careers where knowledge of Science is either desirable or essential. Here are just a few of them :

  • Nurse
  • Mechanic
  • Chef
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Engineer
  • Computer programmer
  • Forestry worker
  • Farmer
  • Graphic designer
  • Sports trainer
  • Architect
  • Geologist
  • Doctor
  • Beautician
  • Astronaut
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pharmacist