Contact details
Name : Miss R Brigg
Position : Curriculum Area Leader for Science
Email address :


Science Curriculum Overview

science overview.pdf


Curriculum Intent:

  • To deliver engaging lessons which allow all students to be stretched yet feel able to achieve. Students should feel supported and have the confidence to take risks and work independently in the pursuit of excellence.
  • To enhance the experience of students at Selby High School and expand their horizons, through a wide variety of courses, trips and activities which promote a lifelong love of learning.

Course information/Programme of study/focus including useful links:

Students study a range of topics which encompass a wide range of teaching activities which include practical investigations, using ICT, linking science principles to the real world etc. They will develop their ability to work independently and think creatively, in addition to developing literacy and numeracy. Students are assessed by end of unit test. In addition we now carry out a formal subject examinations in line with the whole school policy, to prepare students for the linear format external exams, in addition to providing accurate data for tracking and monitoring student progress.

Course information/Programme of study/focus including exam board links and other useful links:

As a Specialist School for Science we offer a diverse range of courses at KS4, which allows us to personalise the science curriculum to the student’s needs and provide engaging and enriching lessons. We follow the AQA programs of study with all courses being assessed by final exams.

GCSE Assessment
AQA Combined Science Trilogy : - 6 x 70 mark papers
Separate Science which includes studying all 3 areas separately.
AQA Biology GCSE: - 2 x 100 mark papers
AQA Chemistry GCSE: - 2 x 100 mark papers
AQA Physics GCSE: - 2 x 100 mark papers

Year Topics Covered
Year 7

Thinking in science

7B1 – Cells

7P1 – Energy and Electricity

7C1 – Particles

7P2 – Forces

7C2 – Elements, compounds, mixtures, acids and alkalis.

7B2 – Reproduction and interdependence

Year 8

8B1 – Healthy Body

8C1 – Earth’s structure

8P1 – Energy, forces and space

8B2 – Environment and genetics

8C2 – Chemical Reactions

8P2 - Waves

Year 9

9B1 – Cell structure and transport

9P1 – Energy transfers

9C1 – Atomic structure and bonding.

9B2 – Cell Organisation

9C2 – More chemical bonding

9P3 – Kinetic Theory

Year 10
(AQA Trilogy/Separates)

B3- Infection

C3 – Quantitative Chemistry

P2 – Electricity

B4 – Bioenergetics

C4 – Chemical Changes

P4 – Nuclear Radiation

C5 – Energy Changes

B5 - Homeostasis

Year 11 

B6 – Genetics and Inheritance

C6 – Rate of chemical reactions

P5 – Forces

B7 – Ecology

C7 – Organic Chemistry

C8 – Chemical Analysis

P6 – Waves

C9 – Earth’s Atmosphere

P7 – Magnets

C10 – Using resources

Clubs / Extra Curricular Activities, visits and trips

Some examples of trips we have run are: -

  • Drax Power Station
  • Inter school science competitions such as the Physics Olympics and Top of the Bench
  • Kielder Astronomy Trip
  • York Science Museum Live
  • York University Chemistry/Physics at Work
  • Science Live Lectures