Salesian School

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Science

Head of Department: Dr Dom Mercone

Our goal is to nurture a passion for Science in all students, by sharing our enthusiasm and love of the subject.

Key Stage 3

Students study Science for 6 hours per fortnight during Key Stage3. Science is a valuable subject to study as it gives an insight into the world around us and develops a number of key skills including investigative and analytical skills.

In each year, students study three sciences:

  • Biology - including elements of human and plant biology
  • Chemistry - including acids and alkalis, reactivity and types of chemical reaction.
  • Physics - including electricity, forces and motion

In Year 7 we introduce all of the fundamental scientific disciplines. In Years 8 and 9 we explore these topics in more depth and detail, expanding their knowledge and understanding in readiness to choose either the Double or Triple Science options at GCSE. Most lessons are a mixture of theory and practical work enabling students to develop as rounded scientists.

There is a well attended Science club run for students in Year 7 with students from other Year groups in Key Stage three welcome to attend as assistants.

Key Stage 4 Science: GCSE

Science is a core subject at GCSE and most employers and further education institutions prefer students to hold at least a C grade as an indicator of their readiness for further study or work. Over two years, students learn about scientific method, data analysis and problem solving while acquiring scientific skills and knowledge and exploring scientific ethics.

Students study Science for either 5 hours or 10 hours per fortnight during Key Stage 4, depending on whether they are following the Core or Double/Triple Science courses.

Double Science

Students study all three sciences over the two years of the course.

  • Biology (human biology, evolution, the environment, cells, organs, variation.)
  • Chemistry (rocks and materials, atomic structure and bonding, reaction, electrolysis)
  • Physics (energy, waves, radiation, mechanics, electricity, nuclear power)

Teaching includes a combination of theoretical and practical approaches throughout the two years of study. Assessment is through a combination of controlled assessment and examinations at the end of the two years of study. We follow the AQA Science A syllabus. 

Triple Science

In addition to the Double Science curriculum, students take additional units:

  • Biology (the circulatory system, how the body controls internal conditions)
  • Chemistry (testing for chemical substances, energy in reactions)
  • Physics (medical physics, advanced motion, electromagnetism)

Teaching includes a combination of theoretical and practical approaches throughout the two years of study. Assessment is through a combination of controlled assessment and examinations at the end of the two years of study. We follow the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications.


Revision sessions for GCSE Science students are run in the lead up to exams to ensure students have access to the help they need at this important time. We organise a trip to the Science Live event for Year 11 students. This is a full day of revision led by prominent scientists including Professor Sir Robert Winston, Professor Jim Al-Khalili and Professor Richard Dawkins.

For more information about both GCSE options, see the current GCSE Options Booklet.

Progression opportunities

Studying Science leads directly to A Levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Students who wish to progress to medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and engineering degrees should take triple science. You can find out more on our Sixth Form pages.

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