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Course description 

The Science department at AAN is dedicated to delivering outstanding teaching and learning experiences leading to accelerated progress in Science education in the safest way possible without compromising on the wonders of Science. AAN Science teachers aim to inspire inquisitiveness and persistence in our students resulting in attainment above expectations.

Course structure 

At Key Stage 3, students follow a bespoke scheme of learning.

At Key Stage 4, students follow AQA Schemes of learning.

Key Stage 3 

The Key Stage 3 Science curriculum is studied in Years 7 and 8, following a modular course. Students are placed into sets according to their ability . There is a strong emphasis on students making progress throughout the key stage, ensuring they are fully prepared to enter their GCSE course.

Students study 6 hourly lessons of Science a fortnight, split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics units across each term. The course currently delivered is based around AQA requirements which encompasses the key components required for the key stage and prepares students for the rigours of GCSE study by introducing more complex scientific ideas at a much earlier stage than before. Assessment is in the form of a 45 minute exam at the end of each 10 lesson unit which is then reviewed in detail in the following lesson. In total, students will sit 9 topic exams and then an end of year exam towards the end of each academic year.

Key Stage 4 

The Key Stage 4 curriculum follows the AQA programme of study for combined Sciences along the trilogy route. The GCSE course is delivered over three years with students starting in Year 9 where they study the Paper 1 elements of the trilogy course in all three of the Science disciplines. Year 10 sees students complete the required content for the Paper 2 element of the course. Year 11 will encompass a half term of practical work to prepare for the practical assessment questions of the examinations and the rest of the year will be spent reviewing, consolidating and revising for the terminal GSCE exams. Suitable students will be given the opportunity to study for 3 separate Science GCSEs .

There is no longer a coursework element to the GCSE and all formal assessment takes place at the end of Year 11 but regular end of topic, year and mock exams are sat continuously throughout the programme of study, with extra review and feedback incorporated into schemes of study.

Students are expected to work independently and with maximum effort from the start of the course and high expectations are put on behaviour, progress and attainment from day 1. The Science department has grown in success over the past 3 years and we are continuing on an upward trend of delivering high quality lessons and achieving good results at the end of the GCSE course.

Students are set by ability based on their achievement and effort in Key Stage 3 and then reset at the end of Years 9 and 10. Although moving sets is kept to a minimum mid-year, it can be done to suit the needs of individuals, teachers or groups.


Homework is set regularly via Show My Homework and students are expected to complete this to meet deadlines and to the best of their abilities.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

Students require normal writing equipment as set in the Academy's basic stationary requirements, including a protractor and calculator. All exercise books and additional paper are provided by the Academy. 

Opportunities for Study Beyond Key Stage 4 

The Academy offers A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The minimum expected GCSE grade for entry to a Science A Level course is 2x6 grades, although individual circumstances are always considered.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

The list of Science and Science related careers is endless but includes possible careers in; medicine, scientific research, aeronautics, engineering, chemical analysis, forensics, oil industry, marine sciences, animal care and zoo management, astronaut, field studies ranger, education, journalism, industrial chemist, health care and many more.