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 our own scheme of work which is closely linked to the AQA GCSE schemes of work. Students will be set revision tasks for homework, and will be assessed after approximately every 3 topics to help develop their revision skills.

Year 7

  • Electromagnetism – electricity and magnetism
  • Shifting states – states of matter
  • Cells
  • Forces and motion
  • Building blocks – chemistry
  • Power of plants
  • Nerves and hormones
  • Energy
  • Classification and evolution
  • Environmental impact
  • Fizz and pop
  • Waves

Year 8

  • Atoms and beyond
  • Electromagnetism
  • Body systems
  • Drug use and abuse
  • Force and motion
  • Mass matters
  • Breathing for life
  • Hormone auxin
  • Energy
  • Saving planet earth
  • The best genes
  • Pollution problems
  • Waves

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 Thursday 2.30-3.30. There is also a KS3 STEM club on Wednesday 2.30-3.30.

Exam Syllabus


The button below will provide you with a link to Educake. We expect every student to revise on a regular basis for topic tests and final exams. Teachers will set revision homework using this program, as well as students being able to set themselves short quizzes on specific topics.

We have also provided students with a revision booklet that can also be downloaded by clicking the button below.