At Hillcrest we have very high expectations for our students. Great emphasis is placed on hard work, achievement and high standards of behaviour.





Students follow an enriching, balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3, which is rooted in the National Curriculum for Science. Our curriculum supports their transition from Key Stage 2 and increasingly develops the skills and techniques required for the GCSE examinations in the Sciences. Although Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are taught as ‘Science’ at KS3, each discipline is represented equally in our programme of study and effort is made to ensure that pupils understand which of the Sciences they are learning during each topic.

We promote high standards of scientific knowledge, scientific writing and we have many cross-curricular links with Mathematics, Geography, History and Art. Pupils develop the technical vocabulary during KS3 required to fully explain abstract concepts and, simultaneously we develop the practical skills required to conduct meaningful experiments safely. Pupils are assessed through SATs-style texts during every topic and pupils also complete a written assessment to allow pupils to demonstrate their learning and progression at different stages of a topic.

Our curriculum for Science aims to ensure that students cover all aspects of the National Curriculum, building on the work that has begun in primary schools and preparing pupils for further studies of the Sciences at KS4 and KS5. Our condensed, two-year curriculum allows the pupils to maximise their studies during KS4 and increases the possibilities for achieving the understanding required to achieve top grades at A-level.

Year 7
Year 7 Term 1Biology: Cells Structure and function of body systems Reproduction
Year 7 Term 2Chemistry: Particles and their behaviour Elements, atoms and compounds Reactions Acids and alkalis
Year 7 Term 3Physics: Forces Sound Light Space

Year 8
Year 8 Term 1Biology: Health and Lifestyle Ecosystem processes Adaption and inheritance
Year 8 Term 2Chemistry: The Periodic table Separation techniques Metals and acids The Earth
Year 8 Term 3Physics: Electricity and magnetism Energy Motion and pressure

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Award: AQA GCSE Combined Science at grades 9 – 1  Trilogy Science


Course Content

All students are expected to study for the Trilogy Science qualification unless they have chosen the Triple Award course and met the entry criteria for it. Students complete the AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy course over years 9, 10 & 11.  


Assessment Details

In June of year 11 six papers will be taken, two in each of Biology, Physics & Chemistry. Each paper is a written exam of 1 hour 15 minutes duration, with Foundation and Higher tiers, and is worth 70 marks, making 16.7% of the total GCSE grade. The papers consist of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. 



Paper 1: 1. Cell biology 2. Organisation 3. Infection and response 4. Bioenergetics  

Paper 2: 5. Homeostasis and response 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution 7. Ecology  



Paper 1: 1. Atomic structure and the periodic table 2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 3. Quantitative chemistry 4.  Chemical changes 5. Energy changes.  

Paper 2: 6. The rate and extent of chemical change 7. Organic chemistry 8. Chemical analysis 9. Chemistry of the atmosphere 10. Using resources.  



Paper 1: 1. Energy 2. Electricity 3. Particle model of matter 4. Atomic structure  

Paper 2: 5. Forces 6. Waves 7.  Magnetism and electromagnetism  

Why Study This Course?

Preparing students thoroughly to progress to ‘A’ level studies in any of the three science disciplines. It is, therefore, an ideal qualification for anyone considering a career which requires science at ‘A’ Level. GCSE Double Award Science is also a valuable stand-alone qualification. Students who have successfully achieved high grades in Double Award Science could enter employment in laboratory work or use the qualification to access other progression routes to higher education.