Science at The Ruth Gorse Academy is taught from year 9 onwards, this is to allow pupils the sufficient time to fully prepare for success at GCSE.

The new GCSE course has practical work embedded that forms part of a required practical component that helps to develop the practical skills that students need time to build up. The practical work helps to reinforce the subject knowledge that is being delivered. The units are sequenced in order to facilitate review of work at regular intervals allowing key concepts to be embedded and revisited throughout the course.

Key Areas of Study

Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology
Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.
Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism


Six written exams

  • Biology Paper 1 (16.7%)
  • Biology Paper 2 (16.7%)
  • Chemistry Paper 1 (16.7%)
  • Chemistry Paper 2 (16.7%)
  • Physics Paper 1 (16.7%)
  • Physics Paper 2 (16.7%)

21 required practical assessments that are carried out in lessons.

All exams include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions

Course Length

3 years

Progression to:

A Level Sciences