Core Science GCSE

This qualification is a two-year linear course, meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Science is a set of ideas about the material world. The AQA specification includes all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the specification will support you in building a deep understanding of science.

Science is exciting, innovative and one of the most fundamental subjects that students study.  We aim to develop the scientific skills and knowledge that students bring with them.  We want them to learn more of the powerful ideas and ways of doing things that Scientists have discovered and invented, to gain a wider experience of experimenting and investigating for themselves; to work scientifically and to think hard about how the natural world works.  The tricks of colours and chemicals, and the magic of living things are as interesting as ever!

Here at The Roseland Academy Science Department, we are enthusiastic about our subject and students and whilst proud of our achievements we are always looking for ways to develop and improve. We respond positively to new initiatives and share good practice, ideas and resources. Our high expectations of all our pupils and ensure that each pupil achieves their potential by using a wide variety of teaching techniques to accommodate individual learning styles. Students regularly say that science is one of their favourite subjects.

Scientific exploration has formed and continues to shape the way in which we view the world.  We hope students will recognise how enormously useful Science has become and how important it is to use our knowledge thoughtfully and responsibly.

We have 5 modern, purpose built laboratories, a central preparation room and a staff workroom with 2 computers. All labs have interactive whiteboards. One of the labs has 16 student workstations which can be booked for whole class ICT activities. We are very well resourced with scientific software, equipment, DVDs and textbooks. The Science Department is an exciting and rewarding place for both staff and students to work.

We follow the AQA Trilogy Specification – to find out more, click here.

Subject content


  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology


  • 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 10. Quantitative chemistry
  • 11. Chemical changes
  • 12. Energy changes
  • 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 14. Organic chemistry
  • 15. Chemical analysis
  • 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 17. Using resources


  • 18. Energy
  • 19. Electricity
  • 20. Particle model of matter
  • 21. Atomic structure
  • 22. Forces
  • 23. Waves
  • 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism


There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.


The team is made up of 7 science specialists, and  two part-time technicians. The current staffing is as follows:

  • Mrs N Taylor Science Teaching Team Leader
  • Mrs J Ollerearnshaw Science Deputy Teaching Team Leader
  • Miss H Colledge- science Teacher
  • Mr D Grose- science Teacher
  • Mrs A Buscombe – Science teacher and Co-Team Leader
  • Mr R Clarke – Science Teacher and Deputy Headteacher