KS3: Years 7 and 8

During Year 7 and 8 students follow a combined Science course, studying units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We follow the AQA Activate scheme of work. This dynamic and engaging curriculum allows students to build their knowledge across the sciences and gain the vital ‘working scientifically’ skills required in preparation for their KS4 Science courses. .

The topics studied during KS3 include:

  • Forces
  • Electromagnets
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Matter
  • Chemical reactions
  • The Earth and the atmosphere
  • Organisms
  • Ecosystems
  • Genetics

KS4: Years 9, 10 and 11

Students will follow one of two pathways during Key Stage 4. Pupils will study either Combined Science following the AQA Trilogy specification or the individual Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, also following the AQA specification. Practical skills and working scientifically is at the heart of the curriculum, which is supported by our excellent facilities and resources.

All Science GCSE courses are assessed through terminal examinations, which means all students will sit, at the end of year 11, two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics papers. They will receive the new 1 to 9 gradings.

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In year 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to study Biology and Chemistry as part of the IB CP. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education and these courses have the academic rigor of A Levels, while providing practical, real-world approaches to learning.

The Holmesdale School
The Holmesdale School
Malling Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5HS
Tel: 01634 240416 Fax: 01634 244041

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