Curriculum Intent

Studying science at St John Bosco Arts College is a five-year journey that nurtures a love of the subject through  the development of independent enquiry skills and providing students the opportunities to discover how fascinating the world around us is. Scientific skills are taught through engaging, real-life contexts so students can see the value to everyday life of what they are learning. Students have the opportunity to learn about future careers during lessons and through STEM extra-curricular opportunities. This prepares them to be the scientists, doctors, vets and engineers of the future.

Our curriculum is designed to promote progression and units of work are sequenced to build knowledge and skills while preparing our pupils to think scientifically. Links to other departments, such as Maths, enable pupils to apply other skills to become confident learners and be successful in all they do. 

Faculty Staff and Roles

Jayne Sullivan - Assistant Headteacher/Head of Science
Dan Boyle - Assistant Headteacher/Lead Practitioner
Shirley Woods - KS3 Coordinator
Scott Maclean - Assistant Headteacher
Scott Willis - Teacher of Science
Jeny Farron - Teacher of Science
Alex McNeill - Teacher of Science
Liam Kirk - Teacher of Science
James McGuinness - Teacher of Science
Jen Sims - HLTA Science
Heather Coyne - Teacher of Science
Dave Edwards - Lab Technician

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1:

Biology: Movement, Cells
Chemistry: Universe, Particle model
Physics: Speed, Gravity

Term 2:

Biology: Human and Plant Reproduction
Chemistry: Elements and the Periodic table
Physics: Energy transfers and costs

Term 3:

Biology: Interdependence
Chemistry: Separating Mixtures
Physics: Current, Voltage and Resistance

Year 8

Term 1:
Biology: Breathing, Digestion
Chemistry: Earth’s Structure and Resources
Physics: Sound, Light

Term 2:
Biology: Variation, Inheritance
Chemistry: Metals and non-metals, Types of Reactions
Physics: Pressure, Forces

Term 3:
Biology: Evolution
Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis
Physics: Magnets and Electromagnets

Year 9

Term 1
Biology: Respiration, Photosynthesis
Chemistry: Chemical energy, Climate
Physics: Wave effects and properties, Work

Term 2
Biology: Interdependence, Evolution
Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis, Separating mixtures
Physics: Heating and Cooling, Magnets and Electromagnets

Term 3
Biology: Cells
Chemistry: The Periodic Table
Physics: Energy and Particle Theory

Curriculum Content

At KS4, pupils will study AQA Trilogy Science resulting in 2 GCSE Science grades taken as an average of all 3 disciplines. All external exams will be completed in the summer of Year 11.

Year 10 - Science

Term 1
Biology: Cells, Animal Organisation
Chemistry: Atomic structure, Bonding
Physics: Energy, Particle model

Term 2
Biology: Plant Organisation
Chemistry: Quantitative Chemistry, Energy Changes
Physics: Electricity

Term 3
Biology: Infection and Response, revision
Chemistry: Chemical Changes,Revision
Physics: Atomic Structure, revision

Year 11

Term 1
Biology: Ecology, Homeostasis and Response
Chemistry: Chemistry of the Atmosphere, Rates of Chemical Changes
Physics: Waves, Magnets and Electromagnets

Term 2
Biology: Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
Chemistry: ChemicalAnalysis, Organic Chemistry, Using Resources
Physics: Forces

Term 3
Summative revision in preparation for final exams 

Health and Social care

Pearson Edexcel BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social care (Level 2)

Year 10

Term 1
Human Growth and Development across life stages, Health Care Services

Term 2
Factors that affect human growth and development across life stages and barriers to accessing Health and Social Care Services

Term 3
How individuals cope with life events
Care Values

Year 11

Term 1: Factors affecting Health and Wellbeing, Lifestyle Choices
Term 2: Health and Well-being improvement plans
Term 3: Final assessments

Curriculum Content

Qualification Details

All 3 A level Sciences are AQA specifications. We offer the opportunity to sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12. The A2 course is examined at the end of Year 13. BTEC level 3 qualification are Pearson Edexcel. The National Extended Certificate (Applied Science) is equivalent to 1 A level, and the National Diploma (Health and Social Care) is equivalent to 2 A levels. 

Year 12

Term 1:

Biology: Cells, Biological Molecules
Chemistry: Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes, Alkenes, atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding
Physics: Waves, Mechanics

Applied Science: Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science

Health and Social Care: Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development, Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their care

Term 2:

Biology: Organisms, Genetics
Chemistry: Alcohols, Organic analysis, Energetics, Kinetics
Physics: Electricity, Materials, Atomic Structure

Applied Science: Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Health and Social Care: Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their care, Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Term 3:

Biology: Variation and relationships between organisms
Chemistry: Chemical equilibria, Oxidation and reduction, Inorganic chemistry

Physics: Particle Physics

Applied Science: Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Health and Social Care: Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care, Unit 6 Work Experience in Health and Social care

Year 13
Term 1:

Biology: Energy Transfers, Organism responses
Chemistry: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Physics: Further Mechanics, Nuclear Physics

Applied Science: Unit 3 Science Investigation Skills

Health and Social Care: Unit 2 Working in Health and Social care, Unit 4 Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social care

Term 2:

Biology: Genetics, Population and Evolution, Gene expression
Chemistry: Organic Chemistry, Analysis
Physics: Thermal Physics, Fields and Capacitance

Applied Science: Unit 3 Science Investigation Skills, Unit 8 Physiology of the Human Body

Health and Social Care: Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Term 3:

Biology: Revision
Chemistry: Revision
Physics: Astrophysics (option unit)

Applied Science: Unit 8 Physiology of the Human Body

Health and Social Care: Unit 8 Promoting Public Health

Department Courses


  • A bespoke Science curriculum designed to meet the NC requirements whilst developing our pupils into young scientists who question the world around them


  • GCSE Trilogy science taught through discrete Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons which are intertwined to give a holistic view showing the links between the disciplines (2 GCSEs)
  • BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care (1 GCSE)


  • A levels in all 3 disciplines
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (1 A level)
  • BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care (2 A levels)

Exam Board

GCSE Science and A level Science - AQA

BTEC courses both KS4 and KS5, Science and Health and Social care - Pearson Edexcel

Department Links


AQA A-Level Biology/Chemistry

My GCSE- Science

BBC Bitesize

Science Revision

Extra Curricular

The following extra curricular activities within the Science faculty are run throughout the year;

  • Science club
  • Eco club
  • Gardening club
  • STEM
  • Intervention

Additional Information

Bespoke support for all pupils is available on requests. This is offered as a lunchtime or an after school session.
Revision books for all courses can be purchased through school at a reduced cost.