Introduction The GCSE Science curriculum is a rigorous course that challenges all pupils. At Bolingbroke Academy, our team of specialist teachers design and teach highly effective and inspiring lessons to support every pupil to succeed at GCSE. Starting in year 9, the new GCSE covers a broad range of topics including current science issues.               

In year 10, pupils will follow the Separate Science course, or the Combined Trilogy course.  In Separate Sciences, pupils complete three GCSE’s, one each in biology, chemistry, and physics. The Combined Trilogy course completes content in all three subjects, and is awarded two GCSE’s.

Why study Science?                  


To be inspired and engaged by the subject matter which offers answers to the innate questions we have about the world around us.               

To acquire and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to study Science at KS5 and beyond.

To develop skills from the scientific approach to method from planning and predicting to analysing, concluding and evaluating. Developing such abilities to problem-solve and investigate are highly desirable in the world of work in all areas, including those not directly linked to Science.

Exam Board and Specification AQA Biology GSCE, AQA Chemistry GCSE, AQA Physics GCSE (Triple Science) or AQA Combined Science GCSE – Trilogy               


Specifications can be found here:

Key areas of content All pupils will study the same core units but those taking the triple course will study additional content within these in order to prepare them for more in depth examinations. Students will have covered everything in the Paper 1s by the end of Year 10 and will finish and complete Paper 2s content in Year 11 before a period of consolidation and revision in the lead up to exams.               


The  big ideas studied are:



Cells and systems

Microbes and Health

Genetics and Evolution





Particles and Bonding

Trends and Patterns

Amounts and equations

Physical chemistry






Electricity and magnetism

Assessment arrangements All pupils will sit their only Science examinations at the end of Year 11 which make up 100% of their grade as there is no longer coursework included in this this programme.               


Those pupils following the Separate Science programme will sit six 1hour 45 minute exams of 100 marks – a Paper 1 and a Paper 2 in each Science. They will receive an individual 1-9 grade for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Those following the Combined Science course – Trilogy will also sit 6 exams, a Paper 1 and a Paper 2 in each Science but these can be at either Higher Tier (for Grades 4-9) or Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5). These papers last 1 hour 15 minutes and are for 70 marks. Students on this course will receive two 1-9 grades formed as an average of their papers.


Students’ practical knowledge and skills are tested through a series of required practicals which students will be questioned on in the written examination, often as part of their extended response questions. Maths is now also more important with for instance 30% of the Physics papers being based purely on mathematical skills.


Setting arrangements There will be 4 Science groups set by ability as a result of the pupils’ grades throughout Year 9, as well as additional criteria such as attitude to study and homework record. About 60 pupils will complete the triple course forming two classes, there will be one class that sit the higher Trilogy papers and then two classes that will sit the foundation papers. Any decision surrounding grouping of pupils is made based on how best to increase the chances of the pupil achieving the highest possible grades at the end of Year 11.               


Textbooks, websites and other relevant material All pupils should already have a copy of the official Collins AQA GCSE All in one revision guide and workbook. All the details for these resources and the textbooks are in the curriculum booklet. Students are still encouraged to use BBC bitesize as an excellent consolidation and revision resource but must ensure they are accessing the right page for their AQA examination specification as content varies between the exam boards.               


Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department. The DNA of the Sciences Department can be viewed here:

Bolingbroke Academy Subject DNA: Science

The Science curriculum map can also be found here.


If you have any queries please contact Head of Sciences Ms Turner