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Updated September 2016

Science Faculty Vision:

Science provides students with powerful tools to describe, analyse, evaluate, create and improve the world. We want our students to experience a sense of awe and wonder as they appreciate the power of science and make links between different disciplines of science.


We want Science at Crawshaw Academy to:

  • Inspire curiosity to enable or students to question intelligently, learn through discovery, be scientifically literate and to connect their learning with the 21st Century world we live in


We want our students to:

  • Be passionate about Science and fully engaged in learning
  • Become fully participating citizens in an ever-changing society who are able to think Scientifically, analyse, question, evaluate and assess risks in a range of contexts
  • Develop the skills to understand science, technology and engineering as well as everyday tasks essential for keeping safe and healthy and maintaining their own economic well-being.


Faculty Leader

Miss C Dale (Chemistry/Physics)


Subject Teachers and Associate Staff

Mrs P Dhesi Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning (Chemistry)

Mrs K Clarke Science Programme Leader KS4 and 5 (Biology)

Mrs K Ghosal Science Programme Leader Assessment, tracking and KS3 (Biology)

Mr T McCloy STEM club co-ordinator (Physics)

Miss G Mason (Chemistry/Biology)

Miss K Little (Physics)

Mrs A. Crow (Biology)

Mrs C. Senior (Biology)

Mr M Oxbury Science Academic Mentor

Mrs S James Senior Science technician

Mrs S Winn Science technician


Science Curriculum overview including links to exam board specifications

KS3 Science

At Key Stage 3 students follow schemes of learning based on the National Curriculum. The schemes are designed to give a sound foundation of scientific knowledge, understanding and literacy whilst teaching them the skills required to be successful scientists.  

In Biology the main topics cover life processes in plants and animals, reproductive cycles, variation, health and disease and behaviour. Students are encouraged to think scientifically, critically analyse and evaluate data and look at the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science.

In Chemistry the focus is on the basic building blocks of matter, chemical reactions and reactivity and practical work to develop key skills further.

In Physics, the focus is on establishing the key foundations of what forces are, how they work, what is meant by energy, how energy transfers occur in electrical and mechanical situations, and our place in the Solar System.

Year 7 Curriculum content

Year 8 Curriculum content

Year 9 Curriculum content 

Revision sites:





KS4 Science

Year 10

Students in Y10 will be following either the AQA Triology specification or AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications (triple science).

Year 10 Trilogy Curriculum content

Year 10 Triple Curriculum content

Year 11

Students in Year 11 will be continuing with the OCR 21st Century Science specification.

The specification can be found at:

Year 11 Additional Curriculum content

The Year 11 Additional Applied course covers the following modules:

  1. Science in society (20% exam)
  2. Science of materials and production (20% exam)
  3. Work related portfolio (60% of grade and controlled assessment)

Year 11 Additional Applied Curriculum content

The specification can be found at:  


For the GCSE course, exam papers are in two tiers-Higher Tier for grades A*-D and Foundation for grades C-G and are taken at the end of Y11. Controlled assessment is worth 25% of the final grade for the Additional Science. This takes the form of a full investigation related to a topic they are studying and is set by the exam board. For additional Applied Science there are 2 exams worth 40% and students produce a Work Related Portfolio worth 60%.


2 separate GCSE grades A*-G (for double award)

One for Core Science and one for Additional Science/Additional Applied Science


Year 11 Triple Science:

Students who choose the Triple Science option gain 3 separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students follow the Core and Additional modules described above in Year 10 as well as a further three.

Year 11 Triple Curriculum content


All exam papers are in two tiers-Higher Tier for grades A*-D and Foundation for grades C-G. There will be one controlled assessment entry for each science and this can be a case study and data analysis activity or a full investigation.


3 GCSEs grade A*-D in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Progression Route:

Students successfully completing the Triple Science route are well prepared to study A level Sciences. 

For further information:



We currently offer the following courses at KS5:

AS and A2 Biology with the AQA exam board


At AS the following modules are taught:

MODULE 1: Biological molecules

MODULE 2: Cells

MODULE 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environments

MODULE 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

 At A2 the following modules are taught:

MODULE 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms

MODULE 6: Organisms respond to change in their internal and external environments

MODULE 7: Nervous Coordination

MODULE 8: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems


A separate endorsement of practical will be taken alongside the A level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on the direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

The specification can be downloaded from         


AS and A2 Chemistry with the OCR exam board


 At AS/A1 we study the following theory units:


  • Atoms and reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • Formulae and equations


  • Energy
  • The Periodic Table
  • Periodicuty


  • Basic concepts and hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols, halogenoalkanes and analysis

The specification materials for Year 12 Chemistry can be found at:

In Year 13 the following theory units will be taught:

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition elements

  • Transition metals
  • Rates and equilibria


Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

  • Further organic molecules and reactions
  • Analysis techniques such as NMR

MODULE 1 is practical skills which are taught throughout the other modules and will contribute to the practical endorsement competencies at the end of the 2 year course.


Useful revision sites include:


A Level Physics – AQA



Physics is a fascinating subject to study at this level. It is also very highly regarded by universities and employers who recognise that studying Physics develops practical, analytical and logical problem solving skills as well as increasing students’ awareness of how the world works. An A Level in Physics is essential, highly desirable or very useful for many different careers/professions. Amongst these are Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Architecture, Management, Research, Geophysics and Geology.

Preferred Previous Studies

Ideally students will have achieved a Grade B in GCSE Separate Science Physics or an A in Additional Science (Coordinated Science). A Grade B in Maths is also required before admission to the course, preferably in the Higher Tier paper at GCSE.

Course Content 

AS Level (Y12)

Over the whole AS course students will study:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics
  • Materials
  • Electricity


Through Particles and Radiation many new ideas will be introduced including quarks, antiparticles and quantum concepts such as the photoelectric effect and wave-particle duality. We will also cover many of the fundamental aspects of Physics. Although many topics covered will be familiar from GCSE they are developed further for greater appreciation of the ideas. Some of the concepts encountered will be Equations of Motion, Newton’s Laws, Hooke’s Law, Refraction, Diffraction and Interference, Resistivity and much more besides.

The AS course is assessed by two exams each worth 50%, covering material from the whole of Year 12 including the required practical activities.


A Level (Y13)

During the A Level course students will study:

  • Further mechanics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear Physics
  • An optional topic (usually Medical Physics or Astrophysics).


Year 13 allows students to deepen their understanding of Physics and to establish links between the previously separate yet fundamental topics. Some of the concepts to be studied are Circular Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion, Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Capacitance and Electromagnetic Induction, Radioactivity, Nuclear Decay and Instability, Nuclear Energy, Heat Capacity, Ideal Gases and Kinetic Theory.

Assessment:  At the end of the two year course students will sit three exams which constitute the A Level assessment:


Paper 1 – primarily assessing AS subject material. (34% of the overall grade).

Paper 2 – primarily assessing new A Level material but with assumed knowledge of all the AS material.

(Also worth 34% of the overall grade). Each of these papers will consist of long and short answer questions as well as some multiple choice questions.

Paper 3 – This final exam makes up the remaining 32% of the overall grade. It is made up of two sections, 18% based on practical experiments and data analysis and 14% based on the optional topic.


 NEW for 2016 AQA Level 3 Applied Certificates in Science


These Level 3 qualifications offer a practical introduction to science and support progression to further study or employment. Developed in collaboration with schools, colleges and higher education, they help learners develop the fundamental scientific knowledge and practical skills valued by universities and employers.


Students will: 

  • practise experimental scientific techniques and explore how they’re applied in industry
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry and physics
  • plan and carry out a scientific investigation of their own choosing
  • explore ways in which topical scientific issues are presented in the media
  • investigate the role of scientists and the different career pathways open to them 
  • use the optional unit to decide which scientific pathway to follow.


Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science

Unit 1 – Key concepts in science

Students will develop an understanding of key concepts relating to biology, chemistry and physics. Teachers are encouraged to use practical work to reinforce knowledge and develop students’ practical skills.

1 ½ hour Written Examination

Unit 2 - Applied experimental techniques

Students are introduced to new experimental techniques, reinforcing methods met previously and developing practical skills including accuracy and precision. Students will research the background to a number of analytical and experimental techniques in an applied or vocational context.

Internally assessed

Unit 3 - Science in the modern world

Students will analyse and evaluate scientific information to develop critical thinking skills and understand the use of the media to communicate scientific ideas and theories. Students will also find out about scientific careers through the different roles scientists undertake in scientific organisations.

1 ½ hour Written examination (pre-release sources)

Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Unit 4 – The human body

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the digestive system, the components of a balanced and imbalanced diet and the effects on health. Assessment focuses on occupations that require knowledge of the human body, such as sports scientists and dieticians.

1 ½ hour Written examination

Unit 5 – Investigating science

Students gain the opportunity to undertake the role of a research scientist, following standard procedures to complete a scientific investigation. The unit enables students to demonstrate and extend their scientific knowledge and skills. Students may choose one investigation from a list of titles or choose their own investigation in consultation with their teacher.

Internally assessed

Optional: students study one of the three options below

Unit 6a – Microbiology

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of key microbiological concepts and techniques used when working in biotechnological industries.

Internally assessed

Unit 6b - Medical physics

Students will gain an understanding of key areas in modern medical physics. They will learn about different diagnostic techniques and different types of therapy. They will be required to perform specific experiments with radioisotopes and light.

Internally assessed

Unit 6c - Organic chemistry

Students are introduced to preparative organic chemistry in a wide range of contexts, including pharmaceuticals, dyes and bio-diesel. Students will synthesis organic compounds and will develop practical chemistry skills and techniques.

Internally assessed

“The opportunities for broader skills development afforded by this qualification mean that it has a significant edge over A-level. If delivered in the right spirit it will produce well-rounded scientific thinkers who can progress to scientific careers via a range of HE pathways”

Higher education institute

More information can be found from:


BTEC L3 Applied Science with the EDEXCEL exam board (Year 13 only in 2016)


In year one, students study three core modules – Fundamentals of Science, Working in the Science Industry and Scientific Practical Techniques. These units place a heavy emphasis on carrying out and understanding practical work, using this to build technical skills as well as a greater understanding of the Science they are studying.

In year two there are a wide range of units available to study including:

  • Genetics and Genetic engineering
  • Medical Physics Techniques
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Astronomy

These units continue to place an emphasis in improving the technical skills of the learner whilst improving their understanding of the Science studied.

 Career opportunities with Science:

There are a wealth of opportunities for students with a good Science GCSE grade (A*-C). Many college and university courses (non - science) require students to have Science GCSEs due to the nature of the skills students acquire through a study of science.  Career Opportunities  Medicine, Dentistry, clinical research, Public analysts, forensic science, laboratory technician, pharmaceuticals, food science, teaching, environmental science, journalism are just a few possible career paths.

STEM Club 2016 Monday in Sc2@3pm


STEM Club is aimed at any student who would like to further their interest in science, technology, math and engineering through investigations and activities outside the scope of the regular curriculum.

This will involve practical activities, project work on a wide range of topics, group discussion and visits from expert volunteers from the West Yorkshire STEMnet ambassador programme (dates tbc).

 As has been customary, the STEM club will initially focus on Key Stage 3 students in the autumn term. Other projects will appear over the course of the year to cater for KS4 students e.g. the British Physics Olympiad challenge for Year 11 in March.

Sample of events from calendar:

SEPT: Annual parachute drop contest (2-3 weeks)

Oct/Nov:  “Ultimate STEM Challenge” project (in association with BP, the Science Museum and STEMNET) (5-6 weeks)

Oct/Nov: The science of fireworks (4/11)

Nov/Dec: The search for life on other planets (5 weeks)

Spring term: “Beat the flood” design project (5-6 weeks)

March: British Physics Olympiad challenge (Y11 only)

Dates to be confirmed:

Drone demonstrations (autumn term)

ASDA Yorkshire STEM Competition 2016 (spring term)

Pudsey Confederation/ Ogden Trust partnership:

Cross partnership Physics Olympic event for 40 Year 10 students (tbc)

Cross partnership Xmas lectures. Lectures delivered by Years 7-13.

'Starchaser' Rocket day. Year group tbc.

One-off theme days will also form part of the calendar and will be delivered on an ad-hoc basis using topical science issues from the news. Visiting speakers last year included Dr Sohan Jheeta of the Royal Astronomical Society, who delivered a session on moon rocks, and Undergraduate students from the University of Leeds outreach programme “Meteorology into Schools” with their well-received drone demonstration.

This year STEM club will be held on Mondays in Sc2 from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm. As part of ongoing curriculum development, CPD and to arrange ambassador visits, a representative from our teaching staff will attend West Yorkshire STEMnet networking sessions in the University of Leeds. These run at least once per term throughout the year.