At Key Stage 3 all students follow the National Curriculum through a series of subject-based topics that are aligned with the AQA KS3 Science Syllabus. The framework ensures students study the content and processes in which they need to demonstrate competence, so that they can progress to their GCSE courses with a sound level of proficiency.
At Key Stage 4 students study AQA GCSE Science courses. These are the new Grade 9-1 GCSE courses, which had their first exams in Summer 2018. Most students take GCSE Combined Science (a two-year course covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics, worth two GCSEs), while some students study three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The qualifications are linear, meaning that students sit all their exams at the end of the course (in May/June of Year 11). Currently students begin their GCSE Science courses in the Spring term of year 9.