For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here.

Welcome to the

Science Department

Our Vision

In science we strive to nurture the inquiring minds of our students, so that they have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to better understand themselves and the world around them.

At KS4, science is split in to two streams - Separate Science (formerly known as Triple Science) and Trilogy (formerly known as Double Science).

"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is the greatest source of happiness in life."
-Linus Pauling-

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Click here to learn about how the Curriculum is planned, delivered and assessed in Science.

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)
Years 9 - 11 (KS4)

Exam Board

For both the Trilogy and the Separate Science courses, we follow the AQA specification:

Trilogy (formerly known as Double Award)

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

Separate Sciences

GCSE Biology (8461)

GCSE Chemistry (8462)

GCSE Physics (8463)


In Science, students are assessed on skills and content.  The content is taken directly from The National Curriculum and has been incorporated into the Schemes of Learning.

The skills that are assessed are based on the following key areas and are based around skills that are needed for GCSE exams:

  • Literacy
  • Describing
  • Explaining
  • Evaluating
  • Numeracy
  • Graph Skills
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Data Analysis
  • Science Specific
  • Recall
  • Investigating

At the beginning of each year, students will be given an Expected and Challenge target. These targets are what each student should aim for at the end of Year 11.

Using this target grade and after having a 1:1 discussion, an individual flight path will be given to each student. This flight path highlights the necessary skills that student needs to achieve at the end of this year in order to be on track to achieve their end of year 11 expected or challenge targets.

These flight paths will be stuck in the front of the student’s exercise books. When any of the skills have been met by the students, the student must write down where the evidence is.

Assessment at KS3 (Year 7 and 8)

In year 7 and 8 students will complete approximately 2 units per half term. At the end of each unit students will complete a skills assessment.  Students will also be given an exam style content assessment per half term covering the two units covered.

Assessment in Year 9

Students are assessed using examination questions from previous GCSE paper questions. The assessments provide students with the support and the feedback sessions that follow the teacher’s assessments allow for misconceptions to be corrected and then focused upon and corrected.

Assessment in Year 10

Approximately every 3 weeks, students complete a new unit. Within this unit students have 1 skills assessment.  At the end of each unit students will complete a GCSE style written paper.

In December students have two written papers which cover a combination of content from year 10 and year 9.

At the end of year 10 students will be given a terminal exam combining all content and skills.

Assessment in Year 11

During the final year of study within the science department at ALNS, students will sit 3 sets of mock papers spaced out throughout the year. The teaching staff will provide them with the detailed feedback and question by question analysis. The feedback given will dovetail with their personalised learning checklists (PLC) allowing them to develop a comprehensive revision list based on areas of weakness.

Final examinations consist of 6 separate exams. The students are scheduled to complete Biology paper 1, Chemistry paper 1 and Physics paper 1, followed by Biology paper 2, Chemistry paper 2 and Physics paper 2.

Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement

All students are entitled to:

  • A positive, safe learning environment that enables them to flourish and succeed within a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility.
  • To be able to make informed decisions about modern technology and distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Be actively engaged in their own learning whilst being challenged and motivated to take responsibility for their own learning and question the world around them to create an enquiring mind.
  • Have the opportunities to apply and develop their skills and knowledge of Science to a variety of new situations.
  • Experience well planned lessons which challenge them, provide clear assessment and development opportunities.
  • Reflect upon their own learning regularly and be given opportunities to improve and ultimately share and celebrate success.

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