St. Joseph's Catholic College


Curriculum Maps and Overviews

Year 7, 8 and 9:


Year 10 & 11:



All students at St. Joseph's are able to study science from Year 7 to Year 11. Through these lessons, we aim to enthuse, engage, and inspire all our students and harness and develop their intrinsic love of science. Our aim is to ensure that all students leave their time here at SJCC as caring and competent scientists, well equipped to understand the world around us and the ability to make informed decisions.  Years 7 and 8 follow the KS3 Science curriculum, building their fundamental knowledge and skill to prepare them for GCSE courses, which start in Year 9. 


Course Outlines

Key Stage 3

The main objectives of Key Stage 3 are to:

  • Promote an interest in and enjoyment of Science
  • Promote knowledge and understanding of key scientific concepts and facts and an appreciation of  their significance
  • Promote awareness and appreciation of the contribution science makes to society
  • Promote respect and  responsible attitudes towards safety, including respect for living organisms and the physical environment


The science course is based on the National Curriculum for Science. Students in Years 7 and 8 will follow an accelerated course that is linked to the AQA Science syllabus.

The topics that the students study over two years are:

  • Forces
  • Electromagnets
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Matter
  • Reactions
  • Earth
  • Organisms
  • Ecosystem
  • Genes

The students are assessed using diagnostic assessments each term in order to support and monitor progress.


Key Stage 4

From September 2016 we have been delivering the new AQA GCSE Science. Students will start their GCSE studies in Year 9. From the start of year 10, students will follow one of two pathways, studying either the ‘Combined Science’ (Trilogy) pathway which will result in two GCSEs in Science, or they will follow the ‘Separate Science’ pathway which will result in three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. A decision regarding the most appropriate pathway for each student will be made at the end of Year 9.

Both pathways are linear, meaning that students will sit all their examinations at the end of the course.  In Year 11, there are six papers:  two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics, which account for 100% of the grades.  Practical work is a vital component of Science and there are a number of required practical tasks that students will carry out over the course.  Questions relating to these practical tasks will be assessed on the written papers.   

The subject content covered is listed below. 


  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology



  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources



  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  8. Space Physics (pathway dependent)


Mrs K Thornton

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