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GCSE Separate Science (3 GCSEs)

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Separate Science for students who have chosen this GCSE Science option, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Grove if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?


How are groups organised?

One class only

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students will engage in every lesson, be resourceful and independent in their learning while responding to feedback given by their teachers.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Scientific thinking
  • Experimental skills and strategies
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units and symbols

What will students learn at this level?

Combined Science topics plus the following:


Culturing microorganisms, Monoclonal antibodies, Plant diseases, Decomposition, Food science, Transfer of biomass, The brain and the eye, Controlling body temperature, Plant hormones, Sexual and asexual reproduction and Cloning and Speciation.


Energy changes, Hydrocarbons, Properties of transition metals, Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles, Yield and atom economy of chemical reactions, Using concentrations of solutions in mol/dm3, Use of amount of substance in relation to volumes of gases, Titrations, Chemical cells and fuel cells, Reactions of alkenes and alcohols, Synthetic and naturally occurring polymers, Identification of ions by chemical and spectroscopic means, Using materials, The Haber process, and the use of NPK fertilisers.


Extra waves topics, Pressure and moments, Impulse and changes in momentum, Uses of radioactivity, background radiation and radiation dosage, Static and electric fields, Loudspeakers, generators and transformers, Nuclear physics and Space physics.

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skills
  • Working safely
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Team work
  • Working independently

How will students learn at this level?

In a variety of ways: reading ahead / research / self-discovery, class discussion, teacher explanation, educational videos, teacher demonstration, class practical, self-evaluation and target setting.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Students will have two exams in each science.

Each exam is 1 hr 45 minutes in duration.

Questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

When do key assessments take place?

All external exams take place in the summer of Year 11.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Support your child to bring the correct equipment to lessons, including a scientific calculator.

Ensure your child has access to the appropriate revision guides.

Test your child’s knowledge of key facts. Engage them in conversation about what they have learnt and how it relates to the real world.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment, scientific calculator. Students need to bring text books to lessons. These are provided by school.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

Very high mathematical content – see specification for exact skills required.

High levels of literacy are required to read, understand and answer questions.

Environmental issues relate to work covered in geography.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?








What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Helping out in Science club.

Invitation to Physics and Chemistry Olympiad lunch time sessions.

Many opportunities during Science week in March.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

The skills you will develop studying Science can be transferred to any career but the following careers are strongly linked to Science:

Medical professions, engineering, forensics, research science, sports science, sports psychology etc

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?


How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?