Course Outline

This is a two year course which consists of 10 units in year 7 and 8 units in year 8 covering topics in biology, chemistry and physics. Topic titles are …

Intro to science

Cells and reproduction        


Acids alkalis and Chemical Reactions

Elements compounds and mixtures

Particles and solutions


Energy and electricity

Space physics


Plants and food

Respiration fitness and health

Genetics and evolution

Materials and Earth

Periodic table

Energy transfers

Forces and motion

Pressure and moments


Students will complete an assessed written task approximately half way through each unit to support their learning then an end of topic test at the end of each unit to monitor their progress.

Teaching Methods

Each fortnight you will be timetabled for six periods of 60 minutes each.
Lessons will include a mixture of practical work and theory. Homework will be set once a week.

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (