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YEARS 10 to 11 click here

Years 10 - 11

What’s it worth?


What qualifications do I get

Separate Science

3 x GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Combined Science

2 x GCSEs (Combined Science)

Why do it?

  • Ever wondered how life began?  Or how genetic engineering can prolong our lives or maybe you were just curious as to how sun tan lotion works or how plastic can be made from oil?  Studying science will broaden your understanding of the world around us whilst teaching you how to apply logic and reason to solve a problem, analyse data or make judgements about information and reports in the media.
  • The skills gained in studying science are needed in a range of jobs as diverse as Beauty Therapist and Astronaut.  Science is useful for the majority of careers - studying Science will widen options later in life, not narrow them down.

What will you do?

Students opt to study Separate Science, or will study Combined Science.  All courses involve the study of biology, chemistry and physics.  Separate Science is particularly suitable for students wishing to study Science to a higher level. 

What do you need?

Students not opting for Separate Science will study Combined Science - this course still requires a willingness to work hard.  Separate Science tackles each of biology, chemistry and physics in more depth, and 40 - 50% more hours are devoted to Separate Science to enable this.  Separate Science thus requires a higher level of commitment than the Combined Science course - but provides the best foundation for post-16 Science study.

For further details see Mr D Bird

Subject                                                 Exam Board                        Exam Papers

Combined Science                             Edexcel                              100% Terminal exams
(2 GCSEs)                                                                                        6 x 70 minute, 60 mark papers

Separate Science                               Edexcel                             100% Terminal exams

(3 GCSEs)                                                                                       6 x 105 minute, 100 mark papers

Curriculum Overview



Knowledge Organisers 

GCSE Combined Science

GCSE Biology


GCSE Physics


Years 7 - 9

Science at Key Stage 3

The Church Stretton Science department aims to help our students become scientifically literate, which means that they can describe, define, investigate and ultimately try to understand the world in which they live and how it works. We believe that this will help them to become inquisitive, decision-making problem solvers who understand their place in the wider world and how they can contribute to a better future.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils follow the Activate course which sets science theory in real life contexts. We are firm believers that providing all students with three specialist teachers, with the very best subject knowledge, helps to extend students understanding and prevents the formation of common misconceptions that can arise from non-specialist teaching. The same structure continues into Year 9, when pupils complete the final Activate topics and then start the Edexcel Science (9-1) course in the Spring term.


Students will complete an end of topic test for each of the topics they study, roughly one per subject discipline per term, which are completed within the classroom. In addition to these regular ongoing assessments students will also complete a combined sciences test as part of their Examinations week in the school hall under formal Examination conditions.

How to support your child

  • Encourage them to read regularly, try some of the suggested books from our recommendations
  • Help them to practise the spelling and use of scientific vocabulary
  • Help and encourage them to practise their mathematical skills
  • Help them to structure their revision for end of topic tests
  • Encourage them to make use of the suggested websites
  • Discuss what they are doing in science lessons and help develop their enthusiasm for the subjects


Curriculum Overview



Knowledge Organisers 

Key Stage 3 Biology 

Key Stage 3 Chemistry 

Key Stage 3 Physics

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