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Welcome to the Science Faculty at New College Leicester.
Mr Conlon

Science is a vital subject in today’s modern technological society.

At New College Leicester we aim to deliver lessons which are engaging, interesting and extend and challenge the students to achieve the very best they can.

Science is taught by a team of specialist teachers with a wide and extensive range of experience. The teachers are very good practitioners and are experienced in getting the best out of the students. The Faculty is exceptionally well resourced to provide a wealth of exciting opportunities to observe and carry out experiments to enhance the learning of the students.

Our Results 2016

52.5% of students achieved one Science GCSE at A* to C.
43.2% of students achieved two Science GCSE’s at A* to C.

What our Students Study

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 & 8 students will be following the AQA KS3 scheme of work, designed to lead them into the start of their GCSE in Year 9. The lessons are designed to improve the students’ key scientific skills, as well as their knowledge in key areas of science.

Key scientific enquiry skills include analysis, communication, enquiry and solving. These ideas are discussed to allow the students their GCSEs with a level of proficiency. Coupling this with the big ideas principle, which links all the key concepts together to give a greater understanding on the world around them.

Understanding and gaining scientific knowledge is a key step in improving scientific ability, throughout each of the 10 big ideas, each topic increases in complexity and builds on the concepts studied in the past.

Year 7 Year 8
Forces Gravity Contact Forces Pressure Speed
Electromagnets Voltage and Resistance Current Electromagnets Magnetism
Energy Energy and Cost Energy Transfer Work Heating and Cooling
Waves Sound Light Wave Effects Wave Properties
Matter Particle Model Separating Mixtures Periodic Table Elements
Reactions Metals and Non-Metals Acids and Alkalis Chemical Energy Types of Reaction
Earth Earth’s Structure Universe Climate Earth’s Resources
Organisms Movement Cells Breathing Digestion
Eco-Systems Interdependence Plant Reproduction Respiration Photosynthesis
Genes Variation Human Reproduction Evolution Inheritance

Key Words for Years 7 and 8

Please click on a link below for some keys words and spelling information for Year 7 and 8 students:

Year 7:

Year 8:
Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11

Years 9 and 10:

In Year 9 and 10 students are studying either for AQA Combined Science: Trilogy or three separate Science GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, over 2 or 3 years.

AQA GCSE Combined Science GCSE is similar to the current core and Additional Science GCSE’s, and a double award: equivalent to two GCSE’s. Students will learn Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are taught more in depth and separately. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills. Some of the topics covered in the course are:

Biology Chemistry Physics
1. Cell biology 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table 18. Energy
2. Organisation 9. Bonding, structure and the properties of matter 19. Electricity
3. Infection and response 10. Quantitative chemistry 20. Particle model of matter
4. Bioenergetics 11. Chemical changes 21. Atomic structure
5. Homeostasis and response 12. Energy changes 22. Forces
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution 13. The rate and extent of chemical change 23. Waves
7. Ecology 14. Organic chemistry 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources



There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes, marked out of 70, and is worth 16.7% of the overall grade. The questions are a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Paper Content
Biology 1 Biology topics 1-4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics
Biology 2 Biology topics 5-7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology
Chemistry 1 Chemistry topics 8-12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes
Chemistry 2 Chemistry topics 13-17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources
Physics 1 Physics topics 18-21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure
Physics 2 Physics topics 22-24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism


Year 11:

In Year 11 all students study AQA Core Science and then progress onto AQA Additional Science over the course of two years:

Core Science (1 GCSE) Additional Science (1 GCSE)
Is examined by an end of year exam in Biology worth 25%, Chemistry worth 25% and Physics worth 25%. The exam is worth 75% of the total grade. The final 25% comes from an internal assessment, which assess students practical and investigation skills. Progress to… Is assessed in the same way as Core Science, at a higher level.


For more information please contact the Science Faculty.

Year 10 and 11 Core Science Revision

Revision and homework sessions run after school for all year groups on Tuesday 3.15pm – 4.15pm and Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime.

Year 10 and 11 students – To work on your revision for Core Science GCSE please click on the relevant link below:

Biology 1 Revision quiz.

Biology 1 Revision quiz number 2.

Chemistry 1 Revision quiz.

Chemistry 1 Revision quiz number 2.

Physics 1 Revision quiz.

B1 Revision sheet.

C1 Revision sheet.

C1 Revision cards.

P1 Revision sheet.

P1 Revision cards.

Year 11 Additional Science Revision

Year 11 students – To work on your revision for Additional Science GCSE please click on the relevant link:

B2 definitions quiz.

C2 definitions quiz.

P2 definitions quiz.

B2 Revision questions.

B2 Revision Sheets.

C2 Revision Sheets.

C2 Chemistry questions.

P2 revision guide higher.

P2a summary.

Mr Butt Science is a website ran by New College Leicester’s Science teacher Mr Butt, which shows lesson powerpoints and resources for all year groups.

NCLScience is the Science faculty’s YouTube channel.

To see the extra curricular activities, latest events and news from the Science Faculty please click here.

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Thank you,

Mr Conlon – Head of Science

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