Key Contacts

Miss R David – – Subject Leader
Mr Paul Laidler (2nd)- Teacher
Miss Hannah Davies – Teacher
Mrs Nina Keyford – Teacher

Mr Darren O’Brien – Teacher
Ms Cerian Skyrme – Teacher

Mrs Ripley Morrison – Teacher

Mrs Sandra Crew – Senior Science Technician

Courses for Science at Hanham Woods Academy

Pupils will either follow the Edexcel Combined Science (Double) Course or choose as part of their Options for year 9 the Edexcel Separate Science (Triple) Course. The Combined Science course counts as two full GCSEs, & the Separate Science Course three GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry & Physics).

In September 2017 we moved to a 3 year GCSE & therefore start GCSE material in Year 9. All Science exams will be sat in the Summer of Year 11.

Coursework has been removed from the new GCSE & 12 specific core practicals may be examined on in their papers.


Revision Guides

Revision guides are available for purchase from Hanham Woods Academy payment office. Combined Science revision book costs from £5.50 either Higher or Foundation (which class teachers can advise the appropriate version). Separate Science revision books are from £2.75 each.

Pupil Premium students can obtain their revision books through their teachers.

If you wish to purchase revision guides externally click;

Combined higher            Combined foundation       Separate: Biology,  Chemistry, Physics

Curriculum content

See the Combined Science curriculum content in more detail here

See the Separate Sciences curriculum content in more detail:





Modules in both courses for paper 1;

Biology Chemistry Physics
Key concepts

o Microscopes

o Cells

o Enzymes & nutrition

o Diffusion, Osmosis, Active Transport

Key concepts

o Structure of an atom

o Atomic & mass number Isotopes

o Periodic table

o Elements

o Electronic configuration

o Ionic bonding

o Covalent bonding

o Types of substance

o Calculations involving masses

Key concepts

o Recall multiples & sub-multiples of units eg. g, m, k, c, m, μ)

o Convert between different units

o Significant figures

o Standard form


Cells & control

o Mitosis

o Growth in animals & plants

o Stem cells

o Nervous system

States of matter & separation techniques

o States of matter

o Mixtures

o Filtration & crystallisation

o Paper chromatography

o Distillation

o Drinking water

Motion & forces

o Vectors & scalars

o Distance/time graphs

o Acceleration calculation

o Velocity/ time graphs

o Resultant forces

o Newton’s laws

o Momentum

o Stopping distances & crash hazards


o Meiosis


o Inheritance

o Gene mutation

Chemical changes

o Acids & alkalis & neutralisation

o Different indicators

o Titrations

o Making copper sulfate

o Reacting metals & carbonates

o Solubility rules

Conservation of energy

o Energy stores & transfers

o Energy efficiency calculation

o Stored energies

o Non-renewable resources

o Renewable resources

Natural selection & genetic modification

oEvolution evidence

oDarwin’s theory


oGenes in agriculture & medicine

Electrolysis & metals

o Formation of products

o Half equations

o Ores

o Oxidation & reduction

o Recycling

o Dynamic equilibrium for ammonia


o Longitudinal & transverse waves

o Amplitude, period & wave velocity

o Refraction


Health, disease & the development of medicines

oDifferent diseases

oPathogens & their transmission

oPhysical & chemical barriers

oImmune system


Light & electromagnetic spectrum

o Types of EM waves

o Uses of the EM waves

o Dangers with EM waves



o Atomic model

o Isotopes

o Masses & charges of subatomic particles

o Background radiation

o Types of radiation

o Half-life

o Dangers of radioactivity




Separate Science Year 10;

Topics from Combined Science (above) are taught in extra depth for Biology & Physics. Chemistry has additional modules (see below).


Biology Chemistry Physics
Key concepts

o Testing foods


o Transition metals

o Corrosion

o Electroplating

o Alloying

o Uses of metals & their alloys

Motion & forces

o Braking distance & energy

Cells & control

o The brain

o Spinal cord problems

o The eye

Quantitative analysis

o Yields

o Atom economy

o Concentration

o Titrations & calculations

o Molar volume of gases


o Waves crossing boundaries

o Ears & hearing

o Ultrasound

o Infrasound



o Sexual & asexual reproduction

o Protein synthesis

o Genetic variants & phenotypes

o Mendel

o Multiple & missing alleles

Dynamic equilibrium

o Fertilisers & the Haber process

o Factors affecting equilibrium


Light & electromagnetic spectrum

o Colour

o Lenses

o Radiation & temperature



Natural selection & genetic modification

oDevelopment of Darwin’s theory

oTissue culture

oGM & agriculture

oFertilisers & biological control

Chemical cells & fuel cells

o Uses

o Equations



o Using radioactivity; killing microorganisms, cancer, detection, smoke alarms

o In medicine

o Nuclear energy

o Nuclear fission

o Nuclear fusion

Health, disease & the development of medicines

oVirus life cycles

oPlant defences

oMonoclonal antibodies


o The Solar System

o Gravity & orbits

o Life cycles of stars

o Red-shift

o Origin of the Universe



Modules for both courses for paper 2: studied in year 11 for those leaving July 2018

Biology Chemistry Physics
Plant structures & their functions

o Photosynthesis

o Factors affecting photosynthesis

o Absorbing water & mineral ions

o Transpiration & translocation

Groups in the Periodic table

o Group 1

o Group 7

o Halogen reactivity

o Group 0


Forces doing work & effects

o Work & power

o Objects affecting each other

o Vector diagrams

Animal coordination, control & homeostasis

o Hormones

o Hormonal control of metabolic rate

o The menstrual cycle

o Control of blood glucose

o Type 2 diabetes

Rates of reaction & heat energy changes in chemical reactions

o Factors affecting reaction rates

o Catalysis & activation energy

o Exothermic & endothermic reactions

o Energy changes in reactions


Electricity & circuits

o Electric circuits

o Current & potential difference

o Current, charge & energy

o Resistance

o Transferring energy

o Power

o Transferring energy by electricity

o Electrical safety

Exchange & transport in animals

o Efficient transport & exchange

o Circulatory system

o The heart

o Cellular respiration


o Hydrocarbons in crude oil & natural gas

o Fractional distillation of crude oil

o The alkane homologous series

o Complete & incomplete combustion

o Combustible fuels & pollution

o Breaking down hydrocarbons


Magnetism & the motor effect & electromagnetic induction

o Magnets & magnetic fields

o Electromagnetism

o Magnetic forces

o Transformers & energy


Ecosystems & material cycles

o Ecosystems

o Abiotic factors & communities

o Using Quadrats & transects

o Biotic factors & communities

o Parasitism & mutualism

o Biodiversity & humans

o Preserving biodiversity

o The water cycle

o The carbon cycle

o The nitrogen cycle

Earth & atmospheric science

o The early atmosphere

o The changing atmosphere

o The atmosphere today

o Climate change

Particle model & forces & matter

o Particles & density

o Energy & changes of state

o Energy calculations

o Gas temperature & pressure

o Bending & stretching

o Hooke’s Law

o Extension & energy transfers



For Separate Science; topics from Combined Science (above) are taught in extra depth for Biology & Physics.

Chemistry has additional modules see below.

Biology Chemistry Physics
Plant structures & their functions

o Plant adaptations

o Plant hormones

o Uses of plant hormones

Hydrocarbons & alcohols & carboxylic acids

o Alkanes & alkenes

o Reactions of alkanes & alkenes

o Ethanol production

o Alcohols

o Combustion of alcohols

o Carboxylic acids

Static electricity

o Charges & static electricity

o Dangers & uses of static electricity

o Electric fields

Animal coordination, control & homeostasis

o Thermoregulation

o Osmoregulation

o The kidneys


o Addition polymerisation

o Polymer properties & uses

o Condensation polymerisation

o Problems with polymers

Magnetism & the motor effect & electromagnetic induction

o Electromagnetic forces

o Electromagnetic induction

o The national grid

Exchange & transport in animals

o Factors affecting diffusion

Qualitative analysis: Tests for ions

o Flame tests & photometry

o Tests for positive ions

o Tests for negative ions

o Identifying ions

Particle model & forces & matter

o Gas pressure & volume

o Pressure in fluids

o Pressure & up thrust


Ecosystems & material cycles

o Energy transfer

o Assessing pollution

o Food security

o Rates of decomposition

Bulk & surface properties of matter including nanoparticles

o Choosing materials

o Composite materials

o Nanoparticles