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Science is something you do, not just something you remember

Bristol Brunel Academy’s Science department aspires to shape responsible, scientifically literate and curious individuals who will use science and the skills developed in their next stages of learning and beyond. Teamwork, courage and integrity are central to our team ethos and we are committed to our work as part of Bristol Brunel Academy’s Science department. Our love of learning drives what we do and we aim to inspire this in our students. We engage in a professional and supportive learning dialogue with students, with improving outcomes for our students as the focus of everything we do.

We teach students about the importance of science in society and the role of scientists in the future of our world. We aim to demonstrate the vast breadth of scientific study. From the physics of how the universe works to the chemistry of making polymers, from the way our body digests food to how climate change presents challenges for the future. In addition, we aim to inspire our students into striving for careers in science such as medicine, architecture, environmental research, engineering and more.


“I like science because it shows how things work. I really like engineering and biology because I feel as if I may have a career in the future in these subjects.”

Year 8 student


“I love science because of how interesting it is. I love all things to do with science and I really like biology. I want to be a forensic scientist when I am older.”

Year 9 student



Key Stage 3 

A two year KS3 science covers broad and interesting fundamental concepts in science. They will study a selection of biology, chemistry and physics topics developed to prepare them for GCSE. Each year they will be assessed through four multiple choice quizzes, as well as two longer answer exam papers. Each topic contains core practicals that are designed to build essential scientific skills needed for scientific study in KS4 and beyond.


In Year 7 students will study:



The periodic table


Food and digestion

Heat energy and transfers




Physics changes

Acid reactions



In year 8 students will study:

Chemical reactions

Forces and motion

Reproduction and gas exchange

Light and sound

Reactivity of metals

Variation and evolution

Generating electricity



Key Stage 4 

KS4 science (Edexcel GCSE) revisits most topics taught in KS3 with more challenge and to further depth as well as additional topics. It is taught across three years to allow ample time for students to cover the entire GCSE syllabus to depth. As of September 2016 separate sciences (formally triple science) is no longer an option subject. Students will be selected to take separate science GCSEs (biology, chemistry and physics). These will equate to three GCSEs and exists outside of the option choosing procedure. The majority of students will take the combined science route which is compulsory and equates to two GCSEs. In this combined science course students will study biology, chemistry and physics also, but to a lesser depth than the separate sciences. We will select and invite between 55-60 students to take the separate sciences GCSEs at the end of year 8 based on their present aptitude for scientific study.


In year 9 students will study:


Topic 1 Overarching concepts in biology

Topic 2 Cells and control

Topic 3 Genetics

Topic 4 Natural selection



Topic 1 states of matter

Topic 2 Separating substances

Topic 3 Atomic structure

Topic 4 The periodic table

Topic 5, 6, 7 Chemical bonding; ionic, covalent and metallic



Topic 1 Motion

Topic 2 Forces and motion

Topic 3 Energy

Topic 4 Waves

Topic 5 Light


In year 10 students will study:


Topic 5 Health and disease

Topic 6 Plant structures and functions

Topic 7 Animal coordination and control

Topic 8 Exchange and transport in animals

Topic 9 Ecosystems and material cycles



Topic 8 Acids and alkalis

Topic 9 Calculations involving masses

Topic 10, 11, 12 Electrolytic processes and metals

Topic 13, 14, 15 The periodic table and rates of reaction



Topic 5 Light

Topic 6 Radioactivity

Topic 7, 8 forces and doing work


In year 11 students will study:


Topic 16, 17 Fuels, Earth and atmosphere



Topic 9 Electricity and electrical circuits

Topic 10, 11 Magnetism

Topic 12 particle model

Topic 13 Forces and matter