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Department Staff

Mrs J Sinclair
(Head of Science)
Mrs B White
Mr C Brown
Mr D Mitchell
Mrs K Dellar

Key Stage 3 (Topics)

Year 7
  • Practical science skills
  • Particle Theory
  • Forces and Speed
  • Cells and Movement
  • Energy and resources
  • Acid and Alkalis and metal reactions
  • Variation and human reproduction
  • Voltage, current and circuits
  • Separating mixtures
  • Food chains and plant reproduction
  • Geology and space
Year 8
  • Practical science skills
  • Digestion and enzymes
  • Forces, Pressure and moments
  • The Periodic Table
  • Energy and Heat Transfer
  • Types of reaction
  • Respiratory system and drugs
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Electrical circuits and electromagnets
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems and evolution
  • DNA and inheritance
Year 9
  • Properties of waves and sound
  • Light and colour
  • Transition topic – fundamentals of biology
  • Transition topic – fundamentals of chemistry
  • Transition topic – fundamentals of physics
  • Cells and transport
  • Growth and cell division
  • Digestive system and enzymes
  • Circulatory system of plants and animals
  • Structure and history of the atom
  • The periodic table
  • Bonding and Properties
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Energy stores and pathways
  • Heat transfer and insulation
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy resources

Key Stage 4 (Topics)

Courses & Assessment Methods

Combined Science Trilogy
(AQA 8464)

x2 Biology Exam Papers
(1hr 15mins each paper)

x2 Chemistry Exam Papers
(1hr 15mins each paper)

x2 Physics Exam Papers
(1hr 15mins each paper)

Triple Science
(AQA Biology 8461)
(AQA Chemistry 8462)
(AQA Physics 8463)

x2 Biology Exam Papers
(1hr 45mins each paper)

x2 Chemistry Exam Papers
(1hr 45mins each paper)

x2 Physics Exam Papers
(1hr 15mins each paper)

Year 10


  • Communicable diseases
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • The nervous system
  • Hormones
  • Reactions including acids and metals
  • Electrolysis
  • Energy changes in reactions
  • Rates of reactions and equilibrium
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Electrical circuits
  • Electricity in the home
  • Molecules and matter
  • Radioactivity
  • Wave properties
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • In addition to combined science
  • Plant diseases
  • The brain and the eye
  • Plant hormones
  • Homeostasis and the kidneys
  • Organic chemistry
  • Polymers
  • P11
Year 11
  • Cell reproduction
  • Variation and evolution
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Adaptation, interdependence and competition
  • Ecosystems
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Chemical analysis
  • History of the Earths atmosphere
  • Earths resources
  • Forces in balance
  • Motion
  • Force and motion
  • Magnets and electromagnets
  • In addition to combined science
  • History of genetics
  • Sustainable food
  • Ion tests
  • Using the Earths resources
  • Force and pressure
  • Light
  • Space

Curriculum Accessibility

Provision for SEND students
  • Alternative methods to record data/information
  • Pre teach new vocabulary
  • Clear route through topics and links to previous learning
  • Use of real objects to develop scientific concepts
  • Opportunities to repeat and reinforce skills
  • Practical skill demonstrations and digital recordings available
  • Clear labelling of equipment


  • Science club
  • Ecoschools club
  • Engineering Club (invitational)
  • Life Lab


  • AppleLink

Future Pathways

Further Education
  • A Levels, BTECs or Apprenticeships in subjects as varied as
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Environmental science, geology or Earth science
  • Medical or Vetinary science
  • Psychology
  • Sport Science and physiotherapy
  • Animal Management
  • Agriculture
  • Childcare
  • Electrician
  • Engineering
Career and Progression
  • University
  • Employment
  • Apprenticeship


The Science Department at Applemore College is both dynamic and enthusiastic, we offer inspiring learning through a broad range of teaching methods and a diverse curriculum.

We have a range of facilitates ranging from specialist classrooms to the wider outdoors and our eco projects, these allowing our students to fully immerse themselves within the subject, developing an understanding but also an opportunity to directly apply their knowledge.

Applemore is fortunate to hold excellent community and business links.  The Science Department has partnership projects with a range of organisations including the Lifelab in conjunction with Southampton University and our successful STEM Challenge days held in partnership with Exxon Mobil.  Exxon Mobil also provide additional sponsorship, funding and opportunities for students to see Science in action.

The Science Department is proactive in developing students to become ambitious learners and continually supports and encourages students to strive for more.  As part of our commitment to this, the Applemore Science Department regularly takes part in national projects and competitions.

Additionally, the Science Department also holds some excellent links with organisations such as the Institute of Physics enabling us to further challenge our most able students with the latest and most exciting concepts often by participating in programmes of research.

The teaching staff have a passion for Science and an overwhelming desire to share their knowledge with the future generations of Scientists.  We are very proud to see so many of them go on to take a range of Sciences at A level and beyond.