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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

At Key stage 3 we are using Activate which is the most popular national KS3 Science course designed to spark curiosity, kindle key skills for further investigation and fan into flame the core knowledge needed to be on fire for GCSE success. It is matched to the new national curriculum and allows learning to be assessed and moved on in a variety of ways.

Alongside high paced lessons with plenty of practical content, students will complete various written and interactive activities.

Assessments will take the course of an extended writing piece and an online assessment for every topic, as well as a teacher marked test to allow tailored feedback. 

In addition to regular assessments, students will complete terminal assessments to better prepare them for the rigours of the new GCSE. In Year 9 students complete an introductory course to help them understand how science works practically, and then they make an early start to the GCSE content.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content

Forge Valley follow the AQA specification.

Currently, students can gain one, two or three GCSEs in Science depending on their ability and their ambitions:

  • Students who aspire to take science onto A Level tend to take Triple Science (3 GCSEs)
  • Students who are considering a vocational pathway will take Core and Additional Science (2 GCSEs)
  • Some students may take a more practical option of Core Science over two years (1 GCSE) and complete an Entry Level Certificate (ECL).
Triple Science

Students on this pathway will gain three GCSEs in the separate sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

All examinations are at the end of Year 11.  Practical exams throughout the year (called ISAs) will count towards 25% of the final grade.

Core and Additional Science

During Year 10, students will complete a Core GCSE in Science including modules in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and one coursework component (an ISA) worth 25% of the final grade.

During Year 11 students will progress to a second GCSE, building on Core content.  Forge following the AQA Additional Science specification with another ISA.

Core Science and ELC 

The Core Science GCSE material is taught over the two-year period with extra time spent on securing key practical skills and understanding. On top of this students will complete teacher designed assessments and a practical ISA worth 25%.