Science and Discovery

In the Science Faculty we aim to inspire students to discover the wonder of Science through both practical and academic aspects, stimulate debate, develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and ignite students passion to learn in all three disciplines.

Head of Faculty

Miss S Galloway (sgalloway@wrhs1118.co.uk)


Faculty Subjects

Biology, Chemistry, Physics


Key Stage 3 Overview

Students in Years 7 and 8 follow a specifically developed skills based curriculum, which will extend their subject knowledge, engage debate, foster practical skills development through working scientifically and prepare them for Science at GCSE.

Students in Year 9 begin studying modules for their Combined Science GCSE.


Key Stage 4

Subjects studied/offered at Key Stage 4:

  • Combined Science Trilogy – AQA

Selected students will undertake Separate Science GCSEs in:

  • Biology – AQA
  • Chemistry – AQA
  • Physics – AQA

Key Stage 3

Year 7:

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Forces
  • Electricity & Magnets
  • Cells
  • Reproduction and Inheritance
  • Periodic Table
  • Energy Resources
  • Sound
  • Ecosystem

Year 8:

  • Microbes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Light
  • Energy Stores & Pathways
  • Materials
  • Systems
  • Transport Systems
  • Rocks and Earths Atmosphere
  • Forces and Motion

Year 9

  • Modules from Combined Science Trilogy – AQA
  • Cell Structures and Organisation
  • Atomic Structure, Periodic Table and Bonding
  • Infection and Response
  • Photosynthesis
  • Exothermic & Endothermic Reactions
  • Reactivity of Metals and Reactivity of Acids
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Particle Model of Matter
  • Forces and Motion

Courses Studied

  • Combined Science Trilogy – AQA 8464

Selected students will undertake Separate Science GCSEs in:

  • Biology – AQA 8461
  • Chemistry – AQA 8461
  • Physics – AQA 8461

Students taking examinations from 2018 onwards

GCSE Combined Science

Exam Board and course reference number: AQA 8464

Units (with weightings): 6 Examinations in total, all sat in year 11. 2 Examinations at 16.7% each for each component of Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

GCSE study in combined science provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be helped to appreciate how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application.

Separate Science

Exam Board and course reference number: AQA 8461, 8462, 8463

Units (with weightings): 2 Examinations in each subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at 50% each

GCSE study in Separate Sciences provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be helped to appreciate how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application.

Biology 8461 gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of:

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection & Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis & Response
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry 8462 gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Bonding
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Chemical Changes
  • Energy Changes
  • The rate of Chemical Reactions
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Physics 8463 gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of Matter
  • Atomic Structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism & Electromagnetism

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