Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy





Key Stage 3

KS3 is a two year course taught in years 7 and 8. The KS3 Science curriculum is divided into modules for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The curriculum is creative in nature and thus enables the development of skills and content that is developed and extended at KS4 in preparation for GCSE.

For each unit, students are given a baseline assessment to assess their starting point, an End Point Task (EPT) and an experiment based Core Practical.

The EPT is an open-ended assignment that stretches and challenges the learners whilst consolidating their understanding. Once assessed, they will be asked to improve their work through frequent personalised questions from their teachers.


Key Stage 4

KS5 Exam Board


Years 9 and 10

Students follow the AQA Combined Trilogy Specification.   Modules studied for are:





Year 9

•      Cell biology

•      Organisation

•      Bioenergetics

•      Infection and response


•      Atomic structure and the periodic table

•      Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

•      Quantitative chemistry

•      Chemical changes

•      Energy changes

•      Forces

•      Atomic structure

•      Magnetism and electromagnetism

•      Energy

Year 10

•      Homeostasis and response

•      Inheritance, variation and evolution

•      Ecology

•      The rate and extent of chemical change

•      Organic chemistry

•      Chemical analysis

•      Chemistry of the atmosphere

•      Using resources

•      Waves

•      Electricity

•      Particle model of matter

•      Space

Year 11

The cohort will be separated into double award and separate Science.

Current Year 11

  Biology Chemistry Physics
Year 11 consolidating the following units with a specialist teacher B1 - You and your Genes C1 - Air Quality P1 - Earth and Universe
  B2 - Keeping Healthy C2- Material Choices  P2 - Radiation and Life
  B3 - Life on Earth  C3 - Chemicals in our Lives  P3 - Sustainable Energy
  B4 - The Process of Life  C4 - Chemical Patterns  P4 - Explaining Motion 
  B5 - Growth and Development  C5 - Chemicals in the Environment  P5 - Electric Circuits  
  B6 - Brain and Mind  C6 - Chemical Synthesis  P6 - Radioactive Materials 
Year 11 triple are following this content with specialist teacher B7 - Further Biology C7 - Further Chemistry   P7 - Further Physics

Useful websites - OCR 21st Century specific to Lipson (year 11 only) - AQA combined trilogy current year 9 and 10.


Key Stage 5

KS5 Exam Boards

Edexcel – BTEC National Applied Science

Edexel B - Biology

OCR Salters  B – Chemistry

OCR - Physics

All KS5 specification are linear; all examinations are completed in the final year of the course.


A Level Biology - Course overview;

What will you study?


Year 12

Module 1: Biological Molecules

Module 2: Cells and Viruses

Module 3: Classification and Biodiversity

Module 4: Exchange and Transport


Year 13

Module 5: Energy for Biological Processes

Module 6: Microbiology and Pathogens

Module 7: Modern Genetics

Module 8: Origins and Genetic Variation

Module 9: Control Systems

Module 10: Ecosystems


Paper 1: Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics, 30% of the total qualification, 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks and will test on areas from topics 1-7.

Paper 2: Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology 30% of the total qualification, 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks and will test on areas from topics 1-4 and 8-10.

Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Biology, 40% of total qualification, 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks and will test on all 10 topic areas.


A level Chemistry – Course overview;

What will you study?


Year 12

Storyline 1: Elements of Life

Storyline 2: Developing Fuels

Storyline 3: Elements from the Sea

Storyline 4: The Ozone Story

Storyline 5: What’s in a medicine?


Yearr 13

Storyline 6: The chemical industry

Storyline 7: Polymers and life

Storyline 8: Oceans

Storyline 9: Developing metals

Storyline 10: Colour by Design


Examinations: (all at end of Year 13):

Paper 1:          Fundamentals of chemistry (storylines 1-10)

Paper 2:          Scientific literacy in chemistry (storylines 1-10)

Paper 3:          Practical skills in chemistry (storylines 1-10)

Practical skills are no longer an externally examined assessment, however, the qualification will require a teacher-assessed component, Practical Endorsement in Chemistry, which will be assessed throughout the 2 year programme and reported separately. 


A level Physics – Couse overview;

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement


Module 2 – Foundations of physics

2.1 Physical quantities and units

2.2 Making Measurements and Analysing Data

2.3 Nature of Quantities


Module 3 – Forces and motion

3.1 Motion

3.2 Forces in Action

3.3 Work, Energy and Power

3.4 Materials

3.5 Momentum


Module 4 – Electrons, Waves and Photons

4.1 Charge and Current

4.2 Energy, Power and Resistance

4.3 Electrical Circuits

4.4 Waves

4.5 Quantum Physics


Module 5 – Newtonian World and Astrophysics

5.1 Thermal Physics

5.2 Circular Motion

5.3 Oscillations

5.4 Gravitational Fields

5.5 Astrophysics and Cosmology


Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

6.1 Capacitors

6.2 Electric Fields

6.3 Electromagnetism

6.4 Nuclear and Particle Physics

6.5 Medical Imaging


There are three examinations:

Modelling physics - 100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes (written paper)

Exploring physics - 100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes (written paper)

Unified physics - 70 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes (written paper)


BTEC National Applied Science (Level 3)

Breakdown of assessment

The course consists of 4 units:

Three mandatory units:

Unit 1: Principals and Applications of Science: External Exam

Unit 2: Practical and Scientific Procedures and Techniques: Internal Assessment

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills: Externally Assessed Practical Controlled Assessment


One optional unit:

Physiology of Human Body Systems: Internal Assessment