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The Science department is committed to preparing students for a rapidly changing World. We seek to enhance scientific thinking by hypothesising, observing and evaluating as well as delivering essential core subject knowledge. Science is all about exploration and wonder, allowing students to investigate and understand the World around them through practical based activities giving hands on opportunities as well as communication and teamwork. As Science is a core subject, the grounding it gives students in invaluable to meet the needs of many careers in the modern World.

Your Child’s Journey in Science

You can download this document to view a term by term, year by year breakdown for the journey your child will have when they experience Science.


At Key Stage 3 there is new, detailed and exciting learning experience to inspire the minds of young and eager Scientists of tomorrow. New GCSEs are much more demanding in terms of content and skill so our Key Stage 3 curriculum is rigorous and stimulating enough to prepare all students to take on all challenges they face.

Students in Science have three lessons per week and follow a combined course, studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge through practical and written tasks. Developing skills in applying data to analyse and solve problems and explain scientific phenomena is an essential skill to our Key Stage 3 Science curriculum.

All students study Science at Key Stage 4, opting for either Double Award Science – four lessons a week, or Triple Award Science- 7 lessons a week. We currently follow the OCR GCSE curriculum, which is a combines all three Science disciplines giving a balanced view of the Biological, Chemical and Physical Worlds around us.

All in all the topics we study combine pure Science with contextual and real-life applications of Science allowing students to explore the moral and ethical considerations of developments and conflicts in the scientific community.


Science at Accrington is diverse and we offer our students the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics to A-Level. Each subject builds on the Key Stage 4 and prepares students for careers in Science, Medicine and Engineering.

Students who choose Science A-Levels study the subject for five lessons a week in a combination of theory and practical based learning.

We follow the OCR A-level Science curriculum for each of the three disciplines.


We have 2 brand new, spacious, state of the art Science laboratories, equipped with Apple TVs and new subject specific apparatus. 

5 standard Science laboratories with interactive whiteboards and all traditional scientific apparatus required to explore the wonders of the subject.

A virtual Science laboratory equipped with computers for scientific research and a lecture-style approach to lessons.

Preparatory rooms and a staff workshop to allow quality preparation and design of the learning provided by the departmental staff.

Our technicians run a number of workshops aimed at teaching valuable practical skills to students taking or hoping to take Science A-levels. These workshops focus on the skills required for Science practicals.  We feel it’s very important to equip our students with the necessary skills to carry out difficult and complex Science procedures independently, such as: 

  • Titrations
  • Standard solutions
  • Serial dilutions
  • Refluxing
  • Distillation
  • Health and safety

Our technicians are always more than happy to help out any student after school with an experiment they wish to try out or recap. This can be any pupil at any key stage. Their aim alongside the teaching staff is to raise achievement in Science education through practical skill enhancement and application. 

Science Lesson


Double (Core and Additional) – 63% A*-C


BTEC – 96.6% Level 2 Pass +

We give the name scientist to the type of person who has felt experiment to be a means guiding them to search out the deep truth of life, lift a veil from its fascinating secrets, and has felt arising within them a love for the mysteries of nature.

Maria Montessori MD

Italian Physician

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