Science

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 continue 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

Students cover the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study through the AQA KS3 scheme, which develops the key skills needed for GCSE Sciences. Students study 10 different topics over 2 years in Year 7 and 8, which cover all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics:

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

There is a focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills, so that they can apply their learning to new contexts and prepare for KS4. We also start to teach students recall and revision strategies which will support them in preparing for their GCSE exams.

Key Stage 3 Science

Key Stage 4

At GCSE students study the AQA specifications, completing either Double Science (Core and Additional) or Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Core Science A GCSEAQA (QAN code 60008921)
GCSE Science A gives students a good basic knowledge of Science by studying a single unit from each of the core sciences. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills. The course is assessed by three separate Unit 1 exams (1 hour each, 25% each) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with a controlled assessment (worth 25% of the GCSE).
Core Science A GCSEAQA

Additional Science GCSEAQA (QAN code 60008854)
GCSE Additional Science offers students a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. It is a good follow on from GCSE Science A. It is suitable for students of all abilities and helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills. The course is assessed by three separate Unit 2 exams (1 hour each, 25% each) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with a controlled assessment (worth 25% of the GCSE).
Additional Science GCSEAQA

Biology GCSEAQA (QAN code 60008866)
GCSE Biology offers students a broad, comprehensive and coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living world. It helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills and for out higher ability learners it is a good preparation for Biology A level post-16.
The course is assessed by three separate exams in Biology, Units 1, 2 and 3 (1 hour each, 25% each) together with a Biology controlled assessment (worth 25% of the GCSE).
Biology GCSEAQA

Chemistry GCSEAQA (QAN code 60008891)
GCSE Chemistry offers students a broad, comprehensive and coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the material world. It helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills and for out higher ability learners it is a good preparation for Chemistry A level post-16.
The course is assessed by three separate exams in Chemistry, Units 1, 2 and 3 (1 hour each, 25% each) together with a Chemistry controlled assessment (worth 25% of the GCSE).
Chemistry GCSEAQA

Physics GCSEAQA (QAN code 6000891X)
GCSE Physics offers students a broad, comprehensive and coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the physical world. It helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills and for out higher ability learners it is a good preparation for Physics A level post-16.
The course is assessed by three separate exams in Physics, Units 1, 2 and 3 (1 hour each, 25% each) together with a Physics controlled assessment (worth 25% of the GCSE).
Physics GCSEAQA

Department Staff

Mrs. C. McGhie – Associate Director of Science, OGAT
Mrs. L. White – Second in Science, responsible for KS4, year 9 and 10
Mrs. K. Walton – Third in Science, responsible for KS3 (currently on maternity leave)
Mr. B. Marsay – Science teacher and radiation protection officer
Mr. P. Dawkins – Science teacher
Mrs. R. Wadehra – Science teacher and STEM club leader
Mrs. K. Wilson – Science teacher
Mr. R. Ivey – Science teacher (maternity cover)