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At KS3 students are introduced to many topics that enable them to enhance their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. The emphasis is towards learning the necessary skills for them to become proficient scientists. 


At KS4 students are placed in tiered groups. This enables students to be stretched and challenged and allows them to make the most progress. The upper bands are entered for Separate Sciences following the AQA specification. This course is taught for 6 periods per week separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is a demanding and motivating course with real academic challenge. This results in three graded GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry & Physics. 


Combined science is offered to students who have achieved well in previous tests but are more suited to the combined pathway. It is taught separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but with less content than separate sciences award, so receives two GCSE qualifications in Science. As with the separate sciences, students will follow the AQA specification.


Our curriculum intent is:


To enhance scientific thinking such as hypothesising, observing and evaluation, as well as delivering an essential body of core knowledge. 


To have practical work at the core of understanding, where students will develop ‘hands on' skills along with the qualities of teamwork and communication. 


To ensure all students are stretched so that they can reach their full potential. To help this, students are taught in sets according to their ability and given support at every stage. 


To increase the general scientific awareness of students through the exacting use of vocabulary, introduction of contemporary scientific issues and motivational visits.

Whitworth Community High School,
Hall Fold, Whitworth, Rossendale,
Lancashire, OL12 8TS