Additional Science


GCSE Additional Science A uses different contexts to relate science concepts to their applications.  Focusing on scientific explanations and models, it gives students an insight into how scientists help develop our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.  GCSE Additional Science A provides distinctive and relevant experience for learners who wish to progress to Level 3 qualifications.



Mr S Wade – Director of Science

Mr S Croft – Assistant Director of Learning for Science, Head of Physics

Miss K Bickley – Assistant Director of Science

Mrs Bray – Head of Biology

Miss F Parveen – Head of Chemistry

Mr N Collins – Teacher of Science/STEM co-ordinator

Mr S Saunders – Teacher of Science

Miss K Deane-Hall – Teacher of Science

Mr C Nelson – Teacher of Science

Miss D Georgiou – Teacher of Science

Mrs B Griffiths – Teacher of Science

Mr M Puttock – Teacher of Science

Mr P Diaz – Teacher of Science

Mr B Baines – Teacher of Science/Assistant Head/Teacher of PE

Mr D Ventor – Teacher of Science/World Studies/Psychology 


Overview of KS3 Science

The KS3 Science curriculum covers a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics. We currently follow the Kerboodle scheme of work

Topics include cells, body systems, reproduction, particles, elements, atoms and compounds, reactions, acids and alkalis, forces, sound, light, space, health and lifestyle, ecosystem processes, adaptation and inheritance, the Periodic Table, separation techniques, metals and acids, the Earth, electricity and magnetism, energy, motion and pressure.

Year 9 currently follow a transition scheme of work to help prepare them for their GCSE course


Overview of Additional Science

Exam Board: OCR A – 21st Century Science

There are 4 main elements of the GCSE Additional Science course:


B4 – The Processes of Life (Photosynthesis, diffusion, osmosis and active transport, ecological sampling, respiration, enzymes and fermentation)


B5- Growth and Development (Developing, stem cells, plant cloning, plant growth, mitosis, meiosis, DNA and proteins, cell specialisation and stem cell cloning)


B6- Brain and Mind (Nervous system and neurone structure and function, synapses and drugs, reflexes, brain and memory, learning and behaviour)

1 Hour paper covering B4, B5 and B6 worth 25% of GCSE


C4- Chemical patterns (Building atoms, arranging electrons, the periodic table, group 1 metals, group 7, ionic compounds, understanding ions)


C5- Chemicals of the natural environment (Molecules in the air, simple molecular substances, ionic crystals, testing metal ions, analysing salts)


C6-Chemical synthesis ( Making chemicals, acids and alkalis, reactions of acids, reacting amounts, neutralising reactions, explaining neutralisation, energy changes in reactions, separating and purifying )

1 Hour paper covering C4, C5 and C6 worth 25% of GCSE


P4 – Explaining Motion (Speed, acceleration, motion graphs, forces, friction, terminal velocity, momentum, kinetic and gravitational potential energy transfers)


P5- Electric Circuits (Static electricity, current, voltage, resistance, series and parallel circuits, useful components, motors and generators, transformers and the National Grid)


P6- Radioactive Materials (The nuclear atom, radioactivity and decay equations, half-life, uses and hazards of ionising radiation, nuclear fission and fusion, nuclear power stations)


1 Hour paper covering P4, P5 and P6 worth 25% of GCSE


Plus Coursework investigation also worth 25% of the GCSE


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