Science KS3 & KS4

Welcome to the Science Faculty 

Science Faculty Vision:

A positive learning environment that inspires a passion for learning so that every student progresses and thrives



The Science Faculty enjoys excellent facilities with 9 well equipped purpose built laboratories and a great team of subject specialists. The team is led by a Curriculum Leader. The faculty receives excellent support from an experienced team of professional technicians. In lessons students are provided with textbooks, and an online version can be accessed via

Importance of Science Qualification:

The science courses outlined above seek to ensure that students become scientifically literate and will be well prepared to live and work in an increasingly scientific and technological world.  The courses contain an equal proportion of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The science topics provide pupils with an excellent opportunity to develop their investigative skills, problem solving skills and to understand how science can be applied in the work place.

Careers Which Require a Science Qualification:

There are many careers where a qualification in science will be useful and in some cases essential. These include the following: Medicine; Veterinary; Dentistry; Nursing; ICT; Engineering; Research & Development; Architecture; Education.


In addition to the rich and varied curriculum offered by the Science department, there are many opportunities for students to go further in their studies by getting involved in our enrichment activities.

  • There is a science club which is open to all years after school.
  • Copthall school holds it's own Big Bang Fair which involved a competition for year 7
  • Students in Y8 and Y9 participate in the annual Science Challenge at the University of Middlesex
  • Copthall Students enter The Mayor of London Scientist programme
  • There are small group or whole class visits to museums, theme parks or London Zoo as well as STEM activities in other schools across the borough
  • Students can join The STEM scholars society

Our Staff

Curriculum Leader & KS4 lead Katie Thorncroft
Second in Science & KS3 lead Elizabeth Sheridan
KS5 Fahima Khan


KS3 Science Curriculum

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We follow the Oxford KS3 Activate Science course which can be found at

In year 7 we learn about:

  • cells, body systems and reproduction in Biology

  • particles, elements, reactions and acids in Chemistry

  • forces, sound, light and space in Physics

In year 8 we learn about:

  • health, ecosystems and inheritance in Biology

  • the periodic table, separating techniques, metals and the earth in Chemistry

  • electricity and magnetism, energy and motion and pressure in Physics

Throughout these topics pupils learn to be scientists. Pupils should understand that science is about working objectively, modifying explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas and subjecting results to peer review. Pupils should decide on the appropriate type of scientific enquiry to undertake to answer their own questions and develop a deeper understanding of factors to be taken into account when collecting, recording and processing data. They should evaluate their results and identify further questions arising from them.

KS4 Science Curriculum

Teaching in the sciences in key stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Studying the sciences in key stage 4 provides the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. 

There are two pathways for KS4 Science at Copthall. The pathway which students will follow is decided largely by their performance at KS3.  

Combined Science: Trilogy (AQA course code 8464)

Trilogy is a double award and worth two GCSEs. The course has been developed to inspire and challenge students of all abilities.

Students cover a wide range of topics from all three science disciplines, detailed in the specification linked below. Embedded in the teaching are essential skills for working scientifically including 21 required practicals.

It is assessed by six, 1 hour and 15 minute exams.

Separate Science: GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Some students will study for three separate science GCSEs.

Students cover the same content as GCSE combined Science, with added depth and breadth. Please see the specifications linked below for topic lists and details on how the courses fit together.

It is assessed by six, 1 hour and 45 minute exams.

Useful Links

Subject Documents Date  
Science Revision Tips 14th May 2020 Download
AQA GCSE Physics 14th May 2020 Download
AQA GCSE Chemistry 14th May 2020 Download
AQA GCSE Biology 14th May 2020 Download
AQA Combined Science Triology 14th May 2020 Download
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