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Here at The Marvell College we aim to make students engaged and enthused about the wonders of Science. We aim to develop the skills they need to be able to communicate scientifically with the hope that many of our students will go onto study Science further. We deliver a curriculum which enables all students to learn the fundamental concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We also understand the importance of students developing the investigative and analytical skills which are essential for many careers within the scientific field.

KS3 Science

In Years 7-9 all students complete the KS3 National Curriculum for Science and we use the Exploring Science scheme of work to deliver our lessons. In Year 7 and Year 8 students are taught in mixed ability classes, in Year 9 the classes are set according to ability.

Year 7 In Year 7 the following topics are taught throughout the year followed by and end of year test: 7A Cells and Organ Systems 7B Sexual Reproduction 7C Muscles and Bones 7D Ecosystems 7E Mixtures and Separation 7F Acids and Alkalis 7GThe Particle Model 7H Atoms and Elements 7J Energy 7I Electricity 7K Forces 7L Sound

Year 8 In Year 8 the following topics are taught throughout the year followed by an end of year test:

8A Food and Nutrition 8B Plants and Reproduction 8C Breathing and Respiration 8D Unicellular Organisms 8E Combustion 8F Periodic Table 8G Metals and Uses 8H Rocks 8I Fluids 8J Light 8K Energy Transfer 8L Earth and Space

Year 9 In Year 9 the following topics are studied until December then the students are taught the KS4 curriculum of AQA Combined Science: Trilogy  lessons that will lead to two GCSEs in Science.

9A Genetics and Evolution 9B Plant growth 9C Biology Revision and projects 9D Biology GCSE transition 9E Making materials 9F Reactivity 9G Chemistry revision and projects 9H Chemistry GCSE transition 9I Forces and Motion 9J Force fields and electromagnets 9K Physics revision and projects 9L Physics GCSE transition.

KS4 Science

In KS4 students have 4 hours of Science a week in Year 9 and year 10 with 5 hours a week in Year 11, and are taught in sets based on ability. Each class has 2 members of staff teaching them which means they are receiving expertise from different Science disciplines. We use the AQA syllabus to deliver our KS4 curriculum with all students being entered for the combined science: trilogy award. Students will begin the course in Year 9 and complete the course in Year 11. Currently the exams take place at the end of the Year 11 academic year.

Year 9 From January students will study AQA combined science: trilogy. During the year they will develop an understanding of the following topics: Ecology, Organisation, Biogenetics, Atomic structure and the periodic table, Chemical changes and the rate and extent of chemical changes, Energy, Electricity and Forces.

Science at KS4:

Examination board: AQA


GCSE study in combined science provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. These key ideas include:

  • the use of conceptual models and theories to make sense of the observed diversity of natural phenomena
  • the assumption that every effect has one or more cause
  • that science progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review
  • that quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods. 

•  that change is driven by differences between different objects and systems when they interact

•  that many such interactions occur over a distance and over time without direct contact

  • that science progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review
  • that quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods of inquiry.

Course Requirements:

This specification leads to the award of 2 GCSEs. This course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics content and practical skills. Assessment is through written examinations in the summer of Year 11.

Although there is not a coursework component within the course, practical skills are a key element and are assessed through written questions in the terminal examinations.

Year 9 Science

All students will commence with a KS4 Science course after the Christmas break. This will cover the first sections of the Combined Science: Trilogy GCSE and provide them with a foundation for their remaining GCSE learning. At the end of the autumn term in Year 9 all students will undertake an End of Year Assessment and will be placed into a set which is most suitable for them.  

Progression at Key Stage 5

Students following this programme may progress onto the traditional A Level subjects if they gain high grades.  They are more likely to find the Applied Science Single Award A level course or similar more suitable if they sit the Foundation tier papers.  

Year 10 During Year 10 students will continue the AQA combined science: Trilogy course and will develop an understanding of the following topics: Infection and response, Ecology, Homeostasis and response, Bonding, Structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical analysis, Atmosphere, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Magnetism and Electromagnetism and Key ideas.

Year 11 During the year students will develop an understanding of the following topics: Inheritance Variation and Evolution, Organic chemistry, Resources and Waves. Students will also spend a period of time preparing for the examinations once the content has been taught from January of Year 11 until the examinations.

 More information about the course, including past papers and the specification can be found by following the link below:


We run a popular Science club on Thursday lunchtimes where students get to do exciting practical work such as building rockets, making volcanoes and dissecting hearts. This is open to all year groups in the Science demonstration area.

We also offer after school revision sessions and catch up sessions detailed below:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30pm until 4:30pm.

These sessions commence in March to prepare for examination in May/June. Details of the current revision session have been sent out by post. However, if you would like a further copy please contact your child’s science teacher.

We believe it is important that the students at The Marvell College experience how science is used in industry and within the working world so have run several successful trips including STEM based trips, The DEEP, GCSE Live trip and the Top of the Bench Chemistry competition.

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