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Welcome to the Science Faculty at New College Leicester.
Mrs Dean

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 2018

162 students were entered for Combined Science or separate science GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

55.6% of students achieved one Science GCSE at grades 4 – 9.
49.4% of students achieved two Science GCSE’s at grades 4 – 9.

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 enter their GCSE study 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.

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
Earth Earth
Ecosystems Ecosystems
Electromagnets Electromagnets
Energy Energy
Forces Forces
Genes Genes
Matter Matter
Organisms Reactions
Reactions Waves

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11

In Years 9, 10 and 11 students are studying either for AQA Combined Science: Trilogy or three separate Science GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, over 3 years.

AQA GCSE Combined Science GCSE is 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.

Separate Science GCSEs are offered to students also, which is similar to Combined Science, but looking at topics in greater depth. 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 Separate Science papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes, marked out of 100, 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


KS4 revision resources

Please click on a link below for some revision resources for each science:

Biology Chemistry Physics
B1-4 C1-2 P1-3
B5-7 C3 P4-5
B8-9 C4 P6-7
B10-12 C5-6 P8-11
B13-15 C7 P12-14
Topic B1 mind map C8 P15
Topic B2 mind map C9-11 P16
Topic B3 mind map C12-14 Topic P1 mind map
Topic B4 mind map C15 Topic P2 mind map
Topic B5 mind map Topic C1 mind map Topic P3 mind map
Topic B6 mind map Topic C2 mind map Topic P4 mind map

Topic B7 mind map Topic C3 mind map
Topic C4 mind map
Topic C5 mind map


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Thank you,

Miss Dean – Head of Science

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