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When you step into a science lab at Lipson, you embark on an adventure of possibility. Science ignites curiosity, interest and enjoyment in all our students whilst furnishing them with the necessary skills to successfully explore the world around them.

Science starts with an idea and then equips you with the skills to prove or disprove it. Seeing the relationship between empirical evidence and your theory helps you think critically. These important thinking skills can be applied in many areas of study and nourishes a developing mind. 

Science feeds a natural love for learning. Science is hands-on, it appeals readily to most students. 

Science opens doors to many disciplines. Building an aptitude for science can be helpful in other areas of study; science encourages math, creativity and argument. An interest in science is an interest in how things were once understood compared to how they are understood now so studying science also lends itself easily to studying history. And hand-in-hand with every lab experiment is the report – thus writing becomes a crucial part of science. Even the study of language itself is a part of science; its specialist terminology can be traced back to Latin or Ancient Greek.

Science prepares our students for the future. It is the basis for life. We literally eat, sleep and breathe science.

Our curriculum has been designed to enable all learners to gain skills in biology, chemistry & physics in a theoretical and practical sense.

Meet the Team

 The science team are a passionate department of biologists, chemists, physicists, investigators, experimenters and researchers.

Dan Gage – Head of Science

Sam Chick – Second in department & Teacher of Science

Gaynor Comber – Head of Sixth form & Teacher of Science

Tony Connett - Teacher of Science

Katy Hooper - Teacher of Science

Sam Jones - Teacher of Science

Thomas Marks - Teacher of Science

Holly Bowman-Powell- Teacher of Science

Rebecca Smith - Teacher of Science

Steve Watson - Head of Year & Teacher of Science

Andrea Williams - Teacher of Science

Stevie Mitchell – Teacher of Science

Linda Trotter - Senior Science Technician

Steph Rosser – Science Technician

Ildiko Rozsa – Science Technician

Building on Key Stage 2

 As a department, we collaborate with our local Primary schools to identify what is being taught in Year 5 & 6 and how. Moreover, we run workshops where we explore the exciting practical nature of science- we love making lessons explosive!

Our Year 7 learning builds on the KS2 curriculum and develops students’ knowledge and skills so they are equipped with the skills that will assist them in KS4 and beyond. For example, at KS2 students will learn about gravity and design simple experiments to investigate air resistance. They will build on this at KS3 by learning about resultant forces, combining the effects of gravity and air resistance whilst developing more comprehensive enquiry skills through further practical work.

Below is the detailed Curriculum Overview and the simplified Curriculum Learning Pathway that demonstrates how the Science Curriculum is planned and  sequenced to enable links to be made from KS2 to KS3 and through all topics and chronological year groups up to and including Year 13. A curriculum designed to enable progress and a love of science!

Curriculum Overview (Click here)

Our Curriculum Learning Pathway

Science Curriculum Pathway (PDF)

Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 & 9 students have 3 hours of Science per week. Using the AQA Activate syllabus, the curriculum has been thoughtfully sequenced to aid learning of both scientific content and skills. How students learn has been carefully considered when deciding on the order to teach topics. This allows for students to be introduced to new ideas gradually throughout the Key Stage, constantly building on their prior knowledge.

Useful website links.

BBC Bitesize - KS3 Science

Useful books

AQA KS3 Activate book 1 

Philippa Gardom Hulme, Jo Locke and Helen Reynolds (Oxford)

AQA KS3 Activate book 2 

Philippa Gardom Hulme, Jo Locke and Helen Reynolds (Oxford)

Key Stage 4

 Students begin their GCSE journey in Year 10 with the initial topics from GCSE that are closely linked to previous learning, for example, cells in Biology and atomic structure in Chemistry and Physics.

In Year 10 & 11 students have five hours of Science a week and specialist teachers for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We study the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course. The top set, elite scientists study AQA GCSE Triple Science.

Throughout the Key Stage, students will cover the content and skills required to develop as budding young scientists and have the ability and confidence to continue their studies at the next level should they wish to.

Regular practical work will help them to develop a deeper understanding of scientific processes, which they learn to apply to the theory work that accompanies it. Content and skills are assessed via six examinations as the end of Year 11, split into the following exam papers:

Biology Paper 1

Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2

Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper 1

Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter;

Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2

The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics Paper 1

Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2

Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

All examination papers are 75 minutes in length and worth 70 marks.

Useful website links

Kerboodle: Lessons, Resources, Assessment, and Kerboodle Books 

GCSE Bitesize: GCSE Combined Science - AQA Trilogy

AQA: Science | GCSE | Combined Science: Trilogy

Past papers: GCSE | Combined Science: Trilogy | Assessment resources


AQA GCSE Biology, Ann Fullick and Andrea Coates (Oxford)

AQA GCSE Chemistry, Lawrie Ryan and Ray Peacock (Oxford)

AQA GCSE Physics, Jim Breithaupt and Gary Calder published by (Oxford)

Revision guide

CGP  Revision Guide (Higher Tier) SAHR46 - New GCSE Combined Science AQA Revision Guide - Higher includes Online Edition, Videos & Qui 
CGP  Revision Guide (Foundation Tier) SAHR46 - New GCSE Combined Science AQA Revision Guide - Foundation includes Online Edition, Videos & Qui 

Sixth Form

 The Science department offers a range of courses that enable students in Years 12 & 13 to continue their scientific studies. These courses are designed to continue building their scientific skills and understanding and to prepare them for their future lives, be that further study at University or if they leave education and seek employment.

An overview of each of the courses:

A Level Biology 

Exam Board - Edexcel B - Biology

 Year 12

Module 1: Biological Molecules

Module 2: Cells and Viruses

Module 3: Classification and Biodiversity

Module 4: Exchange and Transport

Module 5: Energy for Biological Processes

Module 10: Ecosystems


Year 13

Module 6: Microbiology and Pathogens

Module 7: Modern Genetics

Module 8: Origins and Genetic Variation

Module 9: Control Systems



Paper 1: Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics, 

1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks


Paper 2: Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology 

1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks


Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Biology

2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks 


Useful website links

Royal Society of Biology - Royal Society of Biology 

Useful books

Edexcel A Level Biology Student Book 1 - Ed Lees and Martin Rowland (Hodder)

Edexcel A Level Biology Student Book 2 - Ed Lees and Martin Rowland (Hodder)


A Level Chemistry 

Exam Board - OCR Chemistry A

 Year 12

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

Module 4: Core organic chemistry


Year 13

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis



Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry

2 hours and 15 minutes, 100 marks


Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques

2 hours and 15 minutes, 100 marks


Paper 3: Unified chemistry

1 hour and 30 minutes, 70 marks


Useful website links

Kerboodle - Lessons, Resources, Assessment, and Kerboodle Books

Royal Society of Chemistry - The Royal Society of Chemistry

Useful books

A Level Chemistry A for OCR Student Book - Rob Ritchie and Dave Gent (Oxford)



A level Physics 

Exam Board - OCR Physics A

Year 12

Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2: Foundations of physics 

Module 3: Forces and motion

Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons 


Year 13


Module 5: Newtonian World and Astrophysics

Module 6: Particles and medical physics



Paper 1: Modelling physics

2 hours 15 minutes, 100 marks


Paper 2: Exploring physics

2 hours 15 minutes, 100 marks


Paper 3: Unified physics 1

 hour 30 minutes, 70 marks


Useful website links

Kerboodle - Lessons, Resources, Assessment, and Kerboodle Books 

Institute of Physics - Institute of Physics - For physics • For physicists • For all : Institute of Physics  

Useful books

A Level Physics A for OCR - Graham Bone and Gurinder Chadha (Oxford)

BTEC National Applied Science (Level 3)

Examination board  Edexcel – BTEC National Applied Science

 The course consists of 4 units:

 Year 12

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science (External Exam)

Unit 2: Practical and Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Internal Assessment)


Year 13

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills (Externally Assessed Practical Controlled Assessment)

Unit 12: Disease and Infection (Internal Assessment)


Useful website links

Pearson - BTEC Nationals | Applied Science (2016)

Useful books  

BTEC Level 3 Nationals Applied Science Student Book - Frances Annets and Joanne Hartley (Pearson) 


Pearson REVISE BTEC National Applied Science Revision Guide

Pearson REVISE BTEC National Applied Science Revision Guide: (with free online Revision Guide) for home learning, 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (REVISE BTEC Nationals in Applied Science)