Learning & Achieving Together


Our vision is to inspire all Brentside students to develop their curiosity and understanding of the world around them and in doing so we will continually strive to maintain our own sense of wonder and passion for what we do.

We will continually strive to deliver high quality lessons which promote an engaging and fulfilling learning environment for all students. We will maintain a consistent and continued focus on students’ achievement using data to monitor progress of every student’s learning ensuring all achieve their maximum potential. No exceptions. No excuses.

Key Stage 3

In key stage 3, students are taught the Kerboodle Activate course over two years. Students have 5 lessons of science a fortnight. The course is taught in topics covering all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 

Year 7

  • Introduction: passport to science
  • Biology: cells, structure and function of body systems, reproduction
  • Chemistry: particles and behaviour, elements, atoms and compounds, reaction, acids and alkali
  • Physics: forces, sound, light, space

Year 8

  • Biology: health and lifestyle, adaptation and inheritance, ecosystems
  • Chemistry: the periodic table, separating techniques, the Earth's atmosphere and climate change, metals and acids
  • Physics: energy, electricity and magnetism

Assessment and Examinations 

Students are continually assessed on their pogress by end of topics and half termly assessments.

Key Stage 4

In key stage 4 students study the GCSE specifications over three years. Students are selected to follow either the separate science route where they will study the three sciences biology, physics and chemistry separately or the combined science double award qualification which is a combination of biology, chemistry and physics.

Assessment and Examinations (AQA)

All courses are linear and examinations are taken at the end Year 11.

  • Combined science: There are six examinations;two biology papers, two chemistry papers and thwo physics papers.  Each paper is out of 60 marks and is 1hour 10 minutes
  • Separate sciences: There are six examinations: two biology papers, two chemisty papers and two physics papers.  Each paper is out of 100 marks and is 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Students are continually assessed on their pogress by end of topics and half termly assessments.

Key Stage 5

A Level Biology

·      Topic 1: Biological Molecules

·      Topic 2: Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things

·      Topic 3: Classification and Biodiversity

·      Topic 4: Exchange and Transport

·      Topic 5: Energy for Biological Processes

·      Topic 6: Microbiology and Pathogens

·      Topic 7: Modern Genetics Topic 1: Biological Molecules

·      Topic 8: Origins of Genetic Variation

·      Topic 9: Control Systems

·      Topic 10: Ecosystems

A Level Chemistry

·      Topic 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

·      Topic 2: Bonding and Structure

·      Topic 3: Redox I

·      Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table

·      Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance

·      Topic 6: Organic Chemistry I

·      Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques I

·      Topic 8: Energetics I

·      Topic 9: Kinetics I

·      Topic 10: Equilibrium I

·      Topic 11: Equilibrium II

·      Topic 12: Acid-base Equilibria

·      Topic 13: Energetics II

·      Topic 14: Redox II

·      Topic 15: Transition Metals

·      Topic 16: Kinetics II

·      Topic 17: Organic Chemistry II

·      Topic 18: Organic Chemistry III

·      Topic 19: Modern Analytical Techniques II

A Level Physics

·       Topic 1: Working as a Physicist

·       Topic 2: Mechanics

·       Topic 3: Electric Circuits

·       Topic 4: Further Mechanics

·       Topic 5: Electric and Magnetic Fields

·       Topic 6: Nuclear and Particle Physics

·       Topic 7: Materials

·       Topic 8: Waves and Particle Nature of Light

·       Topic 9: Thermodynamics

·       Topci 10: Space

·       Topic 11: Nuclear Radiation

·       Topic 12: Gravitational Fields

·       Topic 13: Oscillations 

Assessment and Examinations (Edexcel)

All courses are linear and examinations are taken at the end of Year 13

·       In all three sciences there are two papers out of 90 which are 1 hour 45 minutes and one paper out of 120 which is 2 hours 30 minutes

·       Students are continuously assessed on their progress by end of topic tests and half term assessments.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Opportunities include:

  • National Science, Technology and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) club programme
  • Working towards Creativity in Science and Technology (CREST) Awards