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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
  • 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
  • Steve Watson - Teacher of Science
  • Nikki Holmes – Teacher of Science
  • Steph Rosser – Senior 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.

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. Across the Key Stage, the following topics are covered which both meet and stretch beyond the National Curriculum.






Food chains and webs




Human reproduction


Drugs, smoking & alcohol

Digestion & diet





DNA & genetics

Physical states

Elements, mixtures & compounds

Separation of mixtures

Acids and alkalis

Reactions of metals

Earth’s structure

Elements & Compounds

The Periodic Table

Reactions of Group 1, 7 and 0

Types of reactions

Energy changes in reactions

Global warming & climate change

Carbon cycle

Extracting metals and recycling








Magnets and electromagnets

Work and energy

Energy transfers


Radiation and energy


Useful website links

BBC Bitesize - KS3 Science

Key Stage 4

Students begin their GCSE journey in Year 9 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.

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


  • 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

Key Stage 5

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:

Exam Board – OCR A - Biology

Year 12

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2: Foundations in biology
  • Module 3: Exchange and transport
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Year 13

  • Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems


  • Paper 1: Biological processes, 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Paper 2: Biological diversity, 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Paper 3: Unified biology, 1 hour 30 minutes

Useful website links.

Royal Society of Biology - Royal Society of Biology

Useful books

A Level Biology A for OCR Student Book – Ann Fullick, Jo Locke & Paul Bircher (Oxford)

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.

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.

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)

Long Term Plan Documents