Science - Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Applications for the Nuffield Research Placements are now open and the science department are welcoming year 12 students currently studying an A-Level science subject to apply.

The Nuffield Research Placement is an excellent opportunity for students to experience working in a research environment, as well as being highly competitive nationally which gives students that something extra when they are applying for competitive courses at university.

Students need to be willing to give four to six weeks of their summer holiday to complete the placement at a science lab in the area.

The application for this opportunity needs to include a personal statement about why they wish to do a placement, as well as supporting evidence as to why they would be a suitable candidate to undertake the placement.

Some placements are paid, others offer just expenses, and some are unpaid.

There are a number of placements on offer to enable students to find the best place for them to undertake their personal projects.

For more information about the Nuffield Research Placements go to

Also speak to Miss Halford or Mr Farry about your application.

The deadline for these to be handed in will be announced shortly.

Director of Science: Mr Farry

Assistant Heads of Science: Miss Halford and Dr Haynes

Teachers: Mr Miles, Mr Thomas, Miss Gill, Mrs Meech, Miss Khan, Miss Dalgakiran, Miss Welch, Mrs James, and Mrs Lombard

BGS Science Vision


A department which provides students with the opportunity to achieve their potential by offering engaging lessons and opportunities which develop students’ enthusiasm for Science and the scientific skills needed in everyday life or further education.

Mission Statements

  1. To ensure all students progress beyond expectations by providing the highest quality learning opportunities for students.
  2. To accurately assess and monitor student progression and intervene effectively where necessary.
  3. To develop motivated, inquisitive and independent students who are responsible for their own learning.
  4. To develop the scientific, practical, literacy and numeracy skills that students will need in everyday life or further education.
  5. To provide extra-curricular opportunities for students to nurture enthusiasm for Science.
  6. To celebrate the department’s successes to ensure that we are the first choice for students wanting to study Science at all key stages.


KS3 Science

KS3 Science at BGS is aimed at inspiring and motivating young and active minds.  Students will link their practical experience with scientific ideas and real-life situations with a strong emphasis on ‘Working Scientifically’.  Students loosely follow the ‘Activate’ KS3 Science course for the updated 2014 curriculum in Year 7 and Year 8, before commencing GCSE courses in Year 9.  The Schemes of Work are designed to fully prepare and support every student on their journey through KS3 to KS4. 

During the course students are encouraged to develop their skills in the following areas;

* Thinking scientifically

*  Understanding the applications & implications of science

* Communicating & collaborating in science 

* Using investigative approaches

* Working critically with evidence.

During the course students will cover the following topics;

Year 7;

* B1-Cells and Reproduction 

* C1- States and Separation

* P1- Energy and Space

* B2-Human Systems 

* C2-  The PT and Chemical Changes

* P2- Waves

Year 8;

* B1- Plants and Photosynthesis

* C1- Neutralisation and Chemical Reactions

* P1 – Electricity

* B2- Ecology

* C2- Geology and Materials from the Earth

* P2- Speed, Acceleration and Forces


Key Stage 4

For Key Stage 4, please open the document Key Stage 4 Science. This outlines the programme of work which will be undertaken by students throughout the GCSE course. Pages seven, nine, ten and eleven focus on course content.


Key Stage 5

PhysicsPHYSICS – reformed A Level in 2015. Examining body OCR Advancing Physics

Advancing Physics aims to give you an understanding of the world around us. We go from the forces which hold atoms together to looking at evidence for how the Big Bang occurred.  We look at the latest 3D ultrasound technology and consider the historical context of Newton’s work. In addition to computational physics we look into areas of quantum thinking that shaped the 20th century. The course is modern and relevant to today, e.g. how digital devices such as CDs, mp3s and digital cameras work, whilst also giving you the grounding in traditional physics needed for further study. For more information look at the Advancing Physics website:

Rather than memorising mathematical methods, Physics A-level demands that you are able to interpret problems in novel contexts and apply skills accordingly.  The level of Mathematics involved is a significant step up from GCSE Physics.  The year 12 course has topics on imaging, electricity, materials, waves and quantum behaviour and mechanics.

In year 13 the topics are exponential relationships, gravity, the Universe, ideal gases, fields and radioactivity.


ChemistryCHEMISTRY – reformed A Level in 2015. Examining body OCR B (Salters)

The Chemistry specification B (Salters) encourages learners to develop a wide range of skills which includes learning about a wide variety of essential Chemistry content, based around different areas of the subject and then linking these ideas together. It also allows learners to become more competent as well as confident in developing practical skills, scientific methods and problem solving techniques. There is also a strong element of application of science and specifically Chemistry to areas such as the economy and wider society.

The course covers 10 units:

1. Elements of Life

2. Developing Fuels

3. Elements from the Sea

4. The Ozone story

5. What’s in a Medicine?

6. The Chemical Industry

7. Polymers and life

8. Oceans

9. Developing Metals

10. Colour by design


BiologyBIOLOGY – reformed A Level in 2015. Examining body AQA.

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career.  Students studying Biology at this level will develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other, develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills, develop their interest in and passion for the subject and understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

The course covers eight units:

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms

6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8. The control of gene expression



The Science department offers a range of enrichment opportunities to students across all year groups.

These include:
  • School trips
  • Industrial links to Lonza
  • Scientist of the Year Competition
  • Science fair during Science Week
  • Science shows
  • Catapult design and construction for inter-house competition
  • Science club
  • Lego robot competition
  • Biology in Context sixth form club
  • Sixth form enrichment day at Reading University













































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