The Science Department occupies one of six key learning zones within the “E-shaped” two-storey school.

In this Department, we have:

  • 6 purpose-built Science laboratories that are located along both sides of the Science Faculty corridor
  • All of the laboratories benefit from interactive whiteboards, speaker systems, and have a PC
  • Science staff workroom and a prep room, which has chemical storage areas
  • Full-Time experienced Science technician
  • Good use of ICT and multimedia facilities
  • A very popular after school STEM/Garden club
  • A focus on how Science impacts our everyday life’s

The school teaching day consists of four one-hour lessons and one 50 minute lesson, and students are taught in two bands for Science. Within both bands, there are Science teaching groups that are arranged into broad ability groups that also take account of any behavioural needs.

Science Curriculum

A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding Science in the world. Science is changing our lives all the time. Our purpose and rationale for our Science Curriculum here at Buile Hill Academy is we feel strongly that;

  • Students should be taught the key fundamentals of knowledge, application and analysis through the specific origins of Biology; Chemistry and Physics.
  • Students are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring and predict how things will behave. This in turn will help them answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Students are equipped with the knowledge to understand the uses and implications of Science today, and for the future

Our Science Curriculum is deep and rich supporting all students in achieving their full potential and challenging our most able students by promoting independence and the use of higher order thinking skills in learners.

KS3 – Year 7, 8 and 9

The curriculum at KS3 is designed around the big ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics identified in the National Curriculum and KS3 Science Programme of Study. These ideas build upon what the pupils will have covered in the upper years of KS2 and provide the knowledge, understanding and skills base that can spiral up and be developed further in the GCSE courses.
Throughout the year your child will sit KS3 Science assessments, in preparation for this your child may find it useful to purchase copies of revision books that we are able to provide at discounted prices. Revision guides are currently available at the price of £2.50 and workbooks with exam style questions are available for £5.00. Students are encouraged to use these revision guides both within lessons and at home.

Information can be found on the REVISION GUIDES button.

KS4 ( Years 10 and 11)

The Science Department at Buile Hill Academy offers courses to cater for all abilities and interests. For students who are very academically they can choose to take three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as one of your option choices. For students whose career aspirations require traditional Science GCSE we offer a Combined Science (Double Award), which like the Separate Sciences can lead to students taking post 16 A Level Science courses.

Both the separate and combined science courses are assessed through external examinations taken at the end of year 11 and at present there will be no coursework element to the course. Both courses will have a practical element which will be assessed within the external examinations.

The new course will be assessed using numbers from 1-9 to identify the levels of performance, with 9 being the top level.

Both science courses are available at two tiers of entry:

  • A foundation tier will cover grades (1-1) – (5-5)
  • Higher tier will cover grades (3-3 – (9-9)

Combined Science (leading to the award of two Science GCSEs)

The combined science course sees students covering a number of topics:

  • Biology — Cell Biology; Organisation; Bioenergetics; Infection and response; Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; Ecology.
  • Chemistry — 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.
  • Physics — Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure; Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism.

Combined Science Assessment: 6 x 1hr 15 mins exams
Required practical’s: 21
Math’s requirement: 20% overall (10% biology, 20% chemistry, 30% physics (21 equations to recall, 7 equations on equation sheet in exam).

Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (leading to the award of three Science GCSEs)

The separate science students will study the same units as those listed above for combined science plus an additional physics unit of space physics. Each unit of work will be covered in more depth with some extra content.

Single Science Assessment: 6 x 1hr 45 mins exams
Required practical’s: 28
Math’s requirement: 20% overall (10% biology, 20% chemistry, 30% physics (21 equations to recall, 7 equations on equation sheet in exam).


Pupils receive a minimum piece of Science Homework once every 2 weeks.

We strongly believe that a child needs to be equipped with the right tools to allow them to complete homework tasks and revise to the best of their ability.

GCSE Revision Guides

We recommend students purchase the CGP Science GCSE Revision Books that are available to purchase from the Science Department for £5.50

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