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We have 10 members of staff and who deliver the Science curriculum to pupils at Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4 (* denotes part time teaching in Science):

  • Mr M Power (Principal Teacher)
  • Miss S. Holmes (Assistant Principal Teacher)
  • Mrs J. McArdle* (Teacher of Science and Assistant Head Teacher and Assistant Learning Manager)
  • Mr A. Nelson *(Teacher of Science and Assistant Head Teacher)
  • Mr D. Taylor (Teacher of Science)
  • Miss S.Saunders (Teacher of Science)
  • Mr N. Ranson* (Teacher of Science and Head Teacher)
  • Mr G. Newsham *(Teacher of Science and Assistant Principal Teacher of Physical Education)
  • Miss V. Barker (Teacher of Science)
  • Miss C Bradford (Teacher of Science)


The Science Department has seven purpose built laboratories, each fully equipped with specialist scientific apparatus, a visualiser and an interactive whiteboard. Occasionally, Science lessons have to be taught in classrooms in other curriculum areas.

Year 7 and 8

All pupils follow a structured curriculum of six periods per fortnight during Year 7 and Year 8. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups during the following topics.

In Year 7, units studied are:

  • Enquiry Processes
  • Forces Part 1
  • Electromagnets Part 1
  • Energy Part 1
  • Waves Part 1 including light
  • Matter Part 1
  • Reactions Part 1
  • Earth Part 1
  • Organisms Part 1
  • Genes Part 1
  • Ecosystems Part 1



In Year 8, units studied are:

  • Enquiry Processes Part 2
  • Forces Part 2
  • Electromagnets Part 2
  • Energy Part 2
  • Waves Part 2 including light
  • Matter Part 2
  • Reactions Part 2
  • Earth Part 2
  • Organisms Part 2
  • Genes Part 2
  • Ecosystems Part2

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Pupils in Years 7 – 9 can participate in Science club activities, held weekly.
  • As part of the Preston partnership of Ogden Trust schools, we have opportunities to participate in enrichment activities as they arise.

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Ms Cree– kcr@olchs.lancs.sch.uk

Year 9, 10 and 11

All pupils study the GCSE course in Year 9. This is a good precursor to the BTEC course for those pupils who follow the vocational course in Year 10 and 11.

Year 9

Pupils study the Combined Science (Trilogy) course taught through 10 lessons per fortnight.

Biology topics:

  • Cell biology – incorporating bioenergetics
  • Organisation

Chemistry topics:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics topics:

  • Particle model of matter
  • Waves

Year 10 and 11

Pupils study the Combined Science (Trilogy) course taught through 10 lessons per fortnight or Separate Sciences taught through 15 lessons per fortnight. The Separate Sciences are chosen as an optional subject.

Biology topics:

  • Cell biology – incorporating bioenergetics
  • Infections
  • Plant biology including Photosynthesis
  • Biological responses (nervous system and hormones)
  • Ecology

Chemistry topics:

  • Chemical change
  • Structure and bonding
  • Chemical analysis
  • Rate of reaction including crude oil and fuels
  • Chemical calculations
  • Energy changes in reactions

Physics topics:

  • Particle model of matter
  • Waves including the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Electricity
  • Forces in action
  • Radioactivity

For students following the Separate Science course these topics have more content, studied in greater depth.
Students following Separate Sciences also have an extra physics module, Space Physics.

Both courses offer entry at Higher and Foundation level, but our expectation is that the majority of pupils will be entered for the Higher tier papers.

At the end of Year 11, all pupils will sit 6 exams (2x Biology, 2 x Chemistry and 2 x Physics)

Papers for Separate sciences are all 1 hour, 45 minutes; those for Combined Science are 1hour 15 minutes.
Successful completion of the Separate Science course will result in pupils gaining 3 GCSEs. Each paper is worth 50% of each award.
Successful completion of the Combined Science (Trilogy) course will result in pupils gaining 2 GCSEs. Each paper is worth 16.7% of the marks for this award.

Qualifications awarded by the examining body will be graded on a 17-point scale: 1–1 to 9–9 – where 9–9 is the best grade. Students taking Higher Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 4–4 to 9–9. A student taking Foundation Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 1–1 to 5–5.

BTEC Applied Science

This course consists of four units in total, each with an equal rating towards a NQF BTEC First Level 2 Award in Principles of Applied Science. All four units are mandatory. Unit 1 is assessed by a public examination and the other three units comprise of several internally assessed and externally moderated, assignments. In summary, 25% of the course is examined and 75% is coursework.

Unit 1. Pupils sit an external examination duration one hour, to complete this unit. Re-sit opportunities are available and the highest level of attainment contributes to the overall qualification. Pupils study some topics in each of the three science disciplines; Biology; Chemistry and Physics.

Unit 1


  • Explore cell, organs and genes
  • Explore the roles of the nervous and endocrine systems in homeostasis


  • Explore atomic structure and the Periodic Table
  • Explore substances and chemical reactions


  • Explore the importance of energy stores, transfers and transformations
  • Explore the properties and applications of waves in the electromagnetic spectrum

Unit 2. Chemistry and Our Earth.

Unit 3. Energy and Our Universe

Unit 4. Biology and Our Environment

The course offers the opportunity to pass with a Merit or Distinction. We also cover the Level 1 material.