Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School



Science is a core subject which has strong links to other STEM subjects such as Mathematics and Technology. Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural world based on evidence. The main components of this subject are Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Students are taught about basic scientific principles and fundamental concepts. Their practical and investigative skills are developed and assessed throughout the three years. Topics build on and extend their prior knowledge and give them a sound foundation for the more advanced concepts that are taught at key stage 4.

Year 7

Students will initially follow a Science transition unit which assesses their current knowledge and understanding as well as providing them with the skills necessary to become an effective scientist. They will then learn about a range of topics, which includes cells and reproduction, adaptations, chemical reactions and forces and electricity. There is also the opportunity to take part in the school's Science club, which takes place at lunchtimes and the end of year trip to Blackpool Zoo.

Year 8

Students will build on their knowledge on understanding from Year 7 and learn about the structure of the Earth, elements, mixtures and compounds, energy, the environment, the human body and light and sound.

Year 9

Students will further enhance their understanding of basic biological, chemical and physical Science through a series of topics that are designed to prepare them for the rigor and challenge of the new GCSE Combined Science course. The topics covered include cell structure, enzymes, atomic structure, acids and alkalis, motion and kinetic theory.

GCSE Science

Science GCSE

GCSE Science provides the foundation for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity. All students will learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They will gain appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas that relate to the sciences, that are both inter-linked and of universal application.

Course Components

Students will follow the Edexcel (9-1) Combined Science GCSE and they will be awarded 2 GCSE grades.


After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • Science club (lunchtime)
  • After school GCSE revision (Thursdays)


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    The links below will take you to subject specific information outlining the current Key Stage 3 and 4 Course Guide.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

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