At John Fisher there are 2 GCSE routes that students can follow- the more demanding ‘Separate Science’ route, where students will gain a Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE and the more common ‘Combined Science: Trilogy’ route where students are awarded 2 GCSEs that are an average of their Biology, Chemistry and Physics exams.

Students are taught by specialist teachers and they will all have separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons.

The route students take at GCSE is decided by the Science department at the end of year 9 based on how they have performed in assessments throughout year 9. The top students will take the separate Science route and all others will take the combined Science route. Both routes do allow students to continue Science at A-level.

Year 9

To ease students into their GCSEs the first half term is spent covering the more difficult KS3 topics. Students will have 3 Science teachers one will teach Biology, one Chemistry the other Physics.

In half term one students cover the following topics: Biology- Our health and the effects of drugs, Chemistry- obtaining useful materials and in Physics- motion on Earth and in space.

Covered in Biology Lessons (Years 9-11):

1. Cell Biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key ideas

Covered in Chemistry Lessons (Years 9-11):

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

Covered in Physics Lessons (Years 9-11):

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space Physics (separate Science only)