Curriculum Intent

Science at Bourne Community College provides a broad curriculum which challenges students to develop their curiosity, enquiry skills, knowledge and understanding of science in everyday life.

Students are encouraged to articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely.

Our curriculum delivers an accessible pathway for more advance science based study, providing a gateway into a wide range of career opportunities

Science vision

To empower all students with the skills and scientific knowledge to achieve their best outcome in a supportive and inspiring setting.

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Within the Science department, we aim to guide the students through the various elements of the Science curriculum to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and skills which is broad and balances across all 3 sciences. This enables the students to pursue their future goals in any direction they choose.

Our curriculum is designed to enrich students’ knowledge and passion for Science through understanding its impact and influence locally, nationally and globally. We use practical investigation and associated activities to engage students to make them excited and engaged about learning Science while also providing high quality teaching.

Whilst we focus and drive success during their time here, we also promote and support independent enquiry skills and the moral and social implications of Science, in order to develop our students holistically.

Learning Journey

Our learning journeys give a visual overview of the curriculum content covered in each subject. They will help you understand how students make progress in different topics over the years they are with us.

Biology Learning Journey

Chemistry Learning Journey

Physics Learning Journey


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

The Activate course is designed to match the new Key Stage 3 programme of study and to help prepare students for success in their GCSEs. It has a flexible route of study with an engaging and contemporary approach to Science. Pupils will be actively involved in lessons incorporating practical’s, maths and literacy along with fun facts, quizzes and questions to engage students. In Year 7 students will study topics such as cells, structure and functions of body systems, reactions, particles and their behaviour, forces and space. In Year 8 students will study topics such as health and lifestyle, ecosystems, the Earth, the periodic table and energy.

Year 7 Year 8
Biology Cell Biology
Plant Biology
Human Biology
Healthy Lifestyle
Ecology and Evolution
Chemistry Particle Model of Matter
Chemical Changes
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
The Earth and Resources
Physics Space
Sound and Light


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

All students study Science at GCSE. Students will either study the AQA Separate Science course or the AQA Combined Science course.

The separate Science course will provide students with 3 GCSE grades and the Combined Science course will provide students with 2 GCSE grades. The GCSE Science curriculum will provide students with a broad and balanced understanding of all 3 sciences.

Exams for AQA Separate Science:

Each of the Separate GCSE Science Subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will have the following;

  • Two papers: each paper will assess different topics.
  • Duration of each paper: 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
  • Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
  • Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Exams for AQA Combined Science:

  • Six papers: 2 for Biology, 2 for Chemistry and 2 for Physics. Each paper will assess different topics.
  • Duration of paper: 1 Hour 15 minutes
  • Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
  • Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. There are 70 marks available.
  • Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Key Words

We aim to support students in their literacy across all curriculum subjects. We provide key word lists as a teaching and learning tool to support student understanding of the technical vocabulary needed to articulate their learning about a particular subject.

Year 7 Science Key Words

Year 8 Science Key Words

GCSE Biology Key Words

GCSE Chemistry Key Words

GCSE Physics Key Words

Trips and Extra-Curricular Activities

We run a variety of different trips during the year- ranging from STEAM focused trips to local Universities, a forces focused trip to Paulton’s Park for Year 7 students, a Space and Engineering focused trip to to Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium and an Ecology focused trip to Marwell Zoo for Year 8 students. The dates of these vary every year, and new opportunities to enrich the students learning come up all of the time. We will endeavour to provide these activities for the students whenever possible.


Miss J Church BSc (Hons) – Curriculum Leader of Science
Mr N Griggs BSc (Hons) – Assistant Leader in Science
Mr T Ratcliffe BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mr A Clarke BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mr I Salisbury BEng & MSC – Teacher of Science
Mrs J V Walt BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mrs C Gamble BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mr D Turner BA (Hons) – Teacher of Science and Pupil Premium Lead
Ms M Perry BA (Hons) – Teacher of Science

Miss H Rogers – Senior Science technician
Mr D Brooks – Science technician


Links to Revision and Additional Study

GCSE Specifications –


Aims of the School

To inspire and enable all to make a positive contribution to ourselves, our community and the wider society
Pursue excellence in character and in learning

Our Vision

To be the best versions of ourselves

Our Values

All we do as a community is rooted in our three values


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