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In September 2014 we began the new science national curriculum. The new curriculum aims to provide the foundations of understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students will be gain knowledge and taught essential methods, processes and uses of science.  This will develop their excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena thus encouraging deeper explanations and science-based predictions.

Curriculum Movies

Experience a range of excellent enrichment videos in science by visiting 'TWIG WORLD'.  To access the site, click here.


The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Students will study four modules through the year, each examined.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Working scientifically


Vex robot club

Thanks to the Kent STEM consortium and the generous donation from Mr Knott we are currently building robots to compete against other schools. We have a basic competition model and a programmable model, which, when programmed, is able to act autonomously.

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Aims of the course

  • To acquire a body of scientific knowledge and develop an understanding of science.
  • To develop experimental and investigative abilities.
  • To develop an understanding of the nature of scientific ideas.
  • To develop an understanding of the technological and environmental applications of science and of the economic, ethical and social implications of these.

Science is a National Curriculum core subject and is studied by all students in Key Stage 4.  All courses which follow the programmes of study will cover a wide range of scientific topics incorporating aspects of biological, physical and chemical science.  Students follow different pathways according to interest and aptitude.

GCSE Combined Science units taught in Year 9, 10 and 11.

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

GCSE Chemistry, Physics and Biology

Students with good KS3 exam grades and aptitude towards science are offered three separate GCSEs.  The same content listed above is completed in more depth with some additional content.

Future Opportunities

Science is a good starting point for many Post 16 courses such as A' Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and studies in Health & Social Care.  Science forms an important basis for many careers including medical professions, research, engineering, sports science and teaching.  It also develops many transferable skills, which will be useful in a variety of other careers not directly linked to science.































A Level Sciences

GCE A Levels are currently offered in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology.  Full details of these courses, including links to examining body information, can be found below.

Biology AS/A2 - Schemes of Work

Download Biology AS/A2 - Schemes of Work

Edexcel - Biology Info Sheet

Download Edexcel - Biology Info Sheet

Chemistry AS/A2 - Schemes of Work


OCR Chemistry

Download OCR Chemistry A GCE

Psychology AS/A2 - Schemes of Work

Download A-level Psychology SOW

AQA Psychology

Download A-level Psychology GCE

Useful Links

Useful Links

Students may find the following websites useful for revision and to do their homework.


Yacapaca is an assessment for learning tool, it allows classroom teachers to set specific tasks for their pupils, it has many practice exam questions. Many students will have a logon and password to be able to take part in the activities on this site. If they do not they should ask their classroom teacher.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is a current up-to-date website which helps pupils learn and test their knowledge online. It also has many fun revision games.

KS3 – type KS3 Bitesize into your browser.
GCSE – Core Science
GCSE – Additional


We invite you to take a look through the Knole Academy prospectus to discover the wealth of opportunities available.


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