At Outwood Academy Acklam, the Science department believes that all students are capable of achieving outstanding progress through hard work, determination and excellent support. We challenge our students to grow and develop as scientists and learners, ensuring that our secondary curriculum builds on what they have learnt in primary and prepares them for their GCSEs.



Key Stage 3

The Science course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Science GCSE courses in Key Stage 4. Students follow the AQA KS3 scheme and study 10 different topics over 2 years in Year 7 and 8, which cover all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Mrs White at

Key Stage 4

Pupils will study the AQA Trilogy (QN 6018758X) or separate sciences GCSE (Physics QN 60187517, Chemistry QN 60187578, Biology QN 60187529). Both courses cover the same topics, with the separate science courses adding extra depth to some sections.

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

Chemistry units:
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure and 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

Physics units:
1. Energy
2. Electricity
3. Particle model of matter
4. Atomic structure
5. Forces
6. Waves
7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
8. Space physics (separate physics course only)

The Science GCSEs are all assessed by terminal exams. All students will sit 6 papers.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mrs. White at

Enrichment Opportunities for Science

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.

Y11 Science GCSE enrichment is held every Wed 2.30-3.30. There is also a KS3 STEM club on Thursdays 2.30-3.30.