Science, Design Technology & Art


Topics studied at KS3

We teach Key Stage 3 within two years rather than the more traditional three years.  Students have nine lessons of science every two weeks and study a wide variety of units covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Topics covered in Year 7

Acid reactions
Elements and Compounds
Chemical reactions
Electricity and Magnetism

Topics studied in Year 8

Life support
Keeping Healthy
Environment & Photosynthesis
Shaping life
Inside Materials
Metal reactions
What’s in rocks
Heating and cooling


Examination board: AQA

At KS4 students follow either the Combined Trilogy course leading to two qualifications or Separate Science course in Biology, Chemistry and Physics leading to three qualifications.

The Separate (triple) science course is ideal for students who may go on to further study in a variety of science subjects and students aiming for specialised science careers.  This course leads to three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  It is a requirement that pupils obtain at least a Grade 4 at KS3 in order to be placed on this pathway.

Topics studied at KS4:

Separate science students study the same topics but to a greater depth than students following the Combined science course.




1.Cell Biology


3.Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6.Inheritance, variation and evolution


1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes.

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources.



2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure.

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space(Separate Physics only)



AQA GCSE Science examinations:

All GCSE Science exams are linear and will take place in the summer of year 11.

Combined trilogy: There are 6 papers: Two Biology, two chemistry and two Physics. Each paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes, marked out of 70 and worth 16.7% of the overall GCSE.   Questions are a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response. 

Separate (Triple) Science: Separate science students will undertake 2 x 1hour 45 minute papers for each of the sciences (6 papers altogether).

Trips and visits:

The Science faculty provide an extensive range of extra-curricular provision, including

  • STEM roadshows
  • University visits
  • STEM club
  • Year 11 after-school intervention sessions
  • Lunchtime KS3 intervention sessions
  • Talks by STEM ambassadors
  • Year 9 trip to the Big Bang fair – NEC Birmingham
  • There are other trips which are offered to different year groups to inspire and enthuse students as well as to demonstrate scientific concepts.


Homework is set regularly to supplement learning in school. 
Ask your child if they have any homework. 
Encourage your child to complete homework on time. 
Remind them to put adequate effort into their homework.
Here are some websites that may help with your child’s homework.  BBC GCSE bitesize has lots of useful revision and self testing pages for GCSE students Ideal for Key Stage 3 revision and short tests. Andy Darvill’s science site has useful revision resources to help your child understand different science topics.


Design technology – putting your learning into practice

Students combine practical and technological 
skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.

Students learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

They work in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities for designing. Students draw on the local ethos, community and wider world to respond with ideas, products and systems. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, industrial and environmental issues.

Students evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learning to innovate and develop their skills of enterprise.

All students in KS3 experience Design and Technology in the areas of Food and product design.

In year 7 students will develop their knowledge and understanding of ingredients and healthy eating;

develop food preparation and cooking techniques;
develop their knowledge of consumer food and drink choice;
will be able to apply their knowledge to make informed choices;
will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently;
will build an apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality products for a wide range of users;
will evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
In product design students learn to use a range of tools, machines and materials to develop their skills safely before they undertake their own design and make project. They are taught to use CAD CAM and will be introduced to some basic programming using ‘Picaxe’.

Year 8 gives students opportunity to recall and apply the principles of ‘The Eatwell Plate’ and the 8 tips for healthy eating; explain energy and how needs change through life, name the main nutrients, sources and functions, adapt and follow recipes using appropriate ingredients and equipment to prepare and cook a range of more complex dishes, demonstrate a wider range of food preparation and cooking techniques, apply the principles of food safety and hygiene, explain the factors that affect food and drink choice, demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making in a range of contexts such as home, health and agriculture and be given regular opportunities to consolidate their literacy and numeracy skills by using them purposefully in order to learn.

During year 8 students will further develop their product design and making skills on the ‘Usb Lamp Project’. Students follow the ‘Design Process’ model and are given creative freedom to explore the project through a range of contexts that they select. They are encouraged to explore how they could make use of microprocessors to create smart solutions.

Students in year 9 will analyse the views of others through home cooking skills where they learn how to cook multiple courses and create balanced meals. Students are encouraged to share their cooking skills at home and economise when cooking, they will apply the principles of ‘The Eatwell Plate’ and relate this to diet through life. They will explain the characteristics of ingredients and how they are used in cooking, adapt and follow recipes to prepare and cook a range of predominately savoury dishes and demonstrate a range of food preparation and cooking techniques and independently apply the principles of food safety and hygiene.

In their product design module, students design and build a working amplifier. They use influences from designers past and present to enhance their work. Their creativity is further enhanced using a range of traditional modelling techniques as well as 2D & 3D CAD. Clear assessment of pupils progress throughout KS3 helps students to progress in readiness for KS4.

Examinations offered and Topics studied at KS4

At KS4 students have a variety of options that include GCSE and Btec First qualifications.
At GCSE students can study WJEC Hospitality and Product Design. Currently this will involve both controlled assessment work and a final exam at the end of year 11. Some students are also offered the BTEC level 1 in Hospitality.

WJEC Hospitality

Hospitality students explore menu planning and cooking skills, purchasing and stock control as well as how to run events. They will explore the local hospitality industry, looking at different establishments, customer care and job opportunities. The major project is an event assignment.

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality

BTEC level 1 certificate in introduction to the Hospitality Industry course give learners’ opportunities to explore the types of hospitality and catering outlets within the industry, and the varied and different services they offer to customers and users. The course enables learners to investigate job roles available at different levels in the industry, the training and career prospects that are available, and the work patterns expected in a service industry that operates 24 hours a day. They will also be able to explore where to source additional information to help them find out more about the nature of the industry and the employment opportunities that might be available to them.

WJEC Product Design

In product design students spend year 10 developing their subject knowledge and skills to prepare them for the Controlled Assignment Task (CAT) in year 11. They will further develop both design and making skills/knowledge which cover both engineering skills, electronics, CAD/CAM, 3D printing, presentation techniques, programming and a broad range of more traditional skills such as basic forge work and pewter casting. This is a GCSE qualification and is suitable for pursuing career paths in Engineering and Product Design.

Trips/visits/residential opportunities

Trips have included outings to Hambleton Hall, Feast India, McDonalds and Gorse Hill's Buttercup cafe to explore food products and the food service industry.
Engineering students have experienced trips to Mars Pet Foods and Jaguar.
We also run a ‘Greenpower’ club that is involved with designing and building an electric car that we use to compete against other schools on an international level. This involves at least three trips a year to various race circuits in the country. We are very proud to have qualified for the final at Goodwood for the second year running.

How you can help your child with Design homework

Homework is set using ShowMyHomework and is designed to enhance your child’s progress. Here are some websites that will help you support your child at home:


Topics studied at KS3:

Year 7

Introduction to the key basic elements in Art & Design – i.e. line, mark-making, texture, tone, colour and perspective. The aim is to ensure pupils develop confidence in implementing the more technical/academic into their work which should help them to develop strong skills throughout.
Projects include Colour Theory & Aboriginal Art.

Year 8

Development of basic elements into more conceptual elements of Art & Design such as form and space. Pupils also build on skills from Year 7 by developing building skills and working in the three dimensional form.  They will also experiment with a wider range of materials, both 2D & 3D and research artists/art movements. Projects include Ban the Junk and Cityscape & Landscape.

Year 9

Increasing knowledge and understanding of different materials and techniques, such as mod roc and clay. Also developing contextual art, including embracing art from different cultures. Projects include Portraits and Masks.
Art KS4 Course Outline
This course encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design.  Students will experiment with a wide range of practical skills and techniques, as well as demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art & design practices, to produce a personal response to their ideas.

Examinations offered and topics studied at KS4

GCSE Art & Design

Year 10

At the beginning of the course students are introduced to basic skills, such as line, tone, form, colour & perspective (this will take the form of a structured project – e.g. still life, portrait, etc.). The students are then encouraged to experiment with the skills they have acquired by abstracting images and using mixed media in their work.
The 2nd half of the year is dedicated to looking at critical studies (i.e. researching an art movement) and developing practical skills even further by introducing a three dimensional project. This allows students to gain confidence in their building skills and experiment further with a wider range of materials.

Year 11

In the final year of the course students complete their project and, if appropriate, visit one of the big galleries, to support their critical studies. In January they start prep work for their final GCSE exam, which generally takes place towards the end of April.