“There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.”

Isaac Asimov

Welcome to Science

Science has something to offer every child. From a trainee hairdresser to a nuclear physicist, a construction apprentice to a biomedical scientist, everyone needs some level of relevant science understanding. The way that we deliver Science at Outwood Academy Ripon helps students to see that Science is real for life and gives them the skills to apply their knowledge and understanding in new and varied situations.

The Science department


Key Stage 3 Science

In year 7 and year 8, we follow the AQA Science KS3 Syllabus, available for download from the AQA website.

The syllabus is split into the main sections listed below and promotes teaching for understanding, laying the groundwork for the big ideas students need to be prepared for at GCSE.
• Forces
• Electromagnets
• Energy
• Waves
• Matter
• Reactions
• Earth
• Organisms
• Ecosystems
• Genes

Lessons are delivered in a way which develops the key skills of scientific enquiry, often through practical investigations.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:

Key Stage 4

To maximise student success, they will either be entered for the Combined Science trilogy GCSE or the three separate Science GCSEs (Physics, Chemistry, Biology.)
AQA GCSE Combined Science (9-1) Trilogy.
This course is worth two GCSE grades in Science and covers a wide ranging curriculum of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. A challenging and exciting content is combined with specified practicals so that, at the end of Year 11, students will be tested not only on what they can remember, but also on whether they can think and plan scientifically.
h2. Topics included in the Combined Science GCSE:

1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources


18. Energy
19. Electricity
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
22. Forces
23. Waves
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism


Covers the Biology topics covered in the combined science GCSE as well as the following:
1. Culturing micro organisms
2. Monoclonal antibodies
3. Plant disease
4. The Eye
5. The Brain,
6. Theory of evolution
7. Speciation


Covers the Chemistry topics covered in the combined science GCSE as well as the following:
1. Uses of nanoparticles Percentage yield
2. Atom economy
3. Using concentrations of solutions in mol/dm3
4. Use of amount of substance in relation to volumes of gases
5. Titrations
6. Cells and batteries
7. Structure and formulae of alkenes
8. Reactions of alkenes
9. Alcohols
10. Carboxylic acids
11. Synthetic and naturally occurring polymers


Covers the Physics topics covered in the combined science GCSE as well as the following:
1. Electric fields
2. Background radiation
3. Uses of nuclear radiation
4. Pressure in a fluid and atmospheric
5. Sound waves
6. Waves for detection and exploration
7. Lenses
8. Space physics.


All assessments will take place in Year 11. There are six exam papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics.
The papers will be made up of a balanced mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. There is no coursework component making up this GCSE.
Exam board: AQA –

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for these courses please contact:

Key Stage 5
BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Science

Topics Covered
Unit 1 Principles and Application of Science
Consisting of :
1. Periodicity and Properties of Elements
2. Structure and Function of Cells and Tissue
3. Waves in Communication

Unit2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
Unit 3 Science Investigation Skills
Unit 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems

Level 3 Applied Science is assessed in the following way:


Enrichment Opportunities for Science

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.