Years 7 -8 

The principal focus of science teaching in years 7 and 8 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We deliver our Key Stage 3 science through the Kerboodle Activate course. Topics covered are as follows.  

A key focus of Key Stage 3 is ‘Working scientifically’.  Students will use experiments and investigative skills throughout their studies to test predictions, collect and analyse data, and apply their findings to a scientific theory. This is key, as it prepares them for the required practicals they will undertake as a mandatory component of their GCSEs.  The range of knowledge and skills covered in year 7 and 8 will give our pupils the foundations to lead them into their GCSE studies in year 9. 


  GCSE Science - Years 9 -11   

In Year 9 students begin working towards Science GCSEs. They will build on the curriculum covered in year 7 and 8 to develop their skills in scientific thinking, experimental skills and evaluation of scientific evidence.     

There are two pathways for Science; students may study AQA Trilogy Combined Science, which is the equivalent of 2 GCSE’s. This qualification includes aspects of all three sciences.  More able students may study three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (triple award). The exam board for both of these Science courses is AQA.  

GCSE specifications in both the Combined Science and Triple award Science should enable students to:  

• develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics  

• develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them  

• develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments  

• develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.  

 Furthermore, the sciences should be studied in ways that help students to develop curiosity about the natural world, insight into how science works, and appreciation of its relevance to their everyday lives. 


GCSE Topics are below. 

Exam board AQA       What is assessed? 


Paper 1 

  • Cell Biology;  

  • Organisation;  

  • Infection and response;  

  • Bioenergetics 

Paper 2 

  • Homeostasis and response;  

  • Inheritance, variation and evolution; 

  • Ecology 


Paper 1 

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter;  

  • Quantitative chemistry;  

  • Chemical changes;  

  • Energy changes 

Paper 2 

  • The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry;  

  • Chemical analysis;  

  • Chemistry of the atmosphere;  

  • Using resources. 


Paper 1 

  • Energy 

  • Electricity 

  • Particle model of matter  

  • Atomic structure 

Paper 2 

  • Forces  

  • Waves 

  • Magnetism and electromagnetism  

  • Space (Triple only) 


Sixth Form 


There are a number of level 3 qualifications available to sixth form students at Queensbury Academy. 



A level Biology allows you to; 

• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other 

• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods 

• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills 

• develop interest in and enthusiasm for the biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject 

• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. 

An A level in Biology opens up doors to a range of courses such as medicine and dentistry, or environmental science and exercise physiology. Whatever your career plans an AS or an A level in Biology shows you can think analytically and work methodically to solve problems. 



A Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Chemistry highly appealing.  You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts. 

A Level Chemistry A is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry.  There are a range of career opportunities including chemical manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare.



The Physics A specification is designed to inspire students. The course will develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with Physics. Physics A has a content-led approach ie.  a flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of physics. As students progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe. 

Careers available to physicists include research, engineering including aeronautical, mechanical, structural, material scientist, medical physics, finance (eg. stock market modelling) and more!