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  • Thursday, 13 February - Y8 subject evening - 6.00 pm.
  • Friday, 21 February - Inset day − school closed to students.

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Course Overview


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In Science students can study:

Key Stage 3:

  • Science

Key Stage 4:

  • Science (Combined)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Key Stage 5: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Applied BTEC3 Science

Science Overview

Science enables us to explain , understand and engage with the world around us. Scientists have worked for many years to 

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explain our world and still the research is on-going and ever changing, with exciting and new discoveries being made every day. Science at Foxford allows students to understand and experience the work and research into the wider world. A GCSE in Science is an important part of many career paths and will support students in a variety of different ways in the wider world.

Science aims to provide engaging and exciting lessons set within a curriculum that enables ALL students to become investigative and curious learners. We aim to develop our learners into confident young scientists with an enthusiasm for investigation, that enables them to make progress in understanding and achievement within Science.

KS3: Students are taught the basics of science understanding in all subjects and topic areas. Students are taught topics within Biology, Chemistry and Physics that are related to the world around them and throughout the topics students are taught How Science Work skills, these skills are promoted through investigation. Providing a solid foundations for further studies at GCSE and A/AS Level.

KS4: GCSE Combined Science (2 GCSEs) or Triple Science (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics)

What will you study? 
Biology - Cell Biology,Organisation,Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis, Inheritance, variation and evolution & Ecology.

Chemistry - Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere & Using resources.

Physics - Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Practical Skills, Working Scientifically, Mathematical skills, Use of apparatus & Investigation skills.

Practical Skills - Working Scientifically, Mathematical skills, Use of apparatus & Investigation skills 

How will you be assessed?  Combined Science - 100% Exam, 6-8 hours of exams at the end of year 11.  Triple Science - 100% Exam, 3-4 hours of exams at the end of year 11 per subject, (9-12 hours in total).

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A/AS Level Biology: During the first year students are taught the topics ‘Biology and Disease’ and ‘The Variety of Living Organisms’. During the second year students cover the topic areas ‘Populations and Environment’ and ‘Control in cells and in organisms’. In both years students must complete a unit studying ‘Investigative and practical skills’.(AQA exam board).

A/AS Level Chemistry: During the first year students are taught the topics ‘Chemistry Foundation’ and ‘Chemistry in Action’. During the second year students cover the topic areas ‘Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry’ and ‘Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry’. In both years students must complete a unit studying ‘Investigative and practical skills’.(AQA exam board).

Science provides students with a wealth and variety of experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Throughout lessons students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities including practical investigation, role play, group discussion, debates and presentations. Outside of the classroom student experience areas of the school they may otherwise not come into contact with, for example the community garden. Extra-curricular activities that Science provides include ‘Eureka’ Science Club, STEM Activities and Revision Workshops. Trips are an important feature of the Science Faculty and we endeavour to offer the most appropriate opportunities for the students and the curriculum we deliver.