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Curriculum Intent

The Science Department at Cardinal Newman Catholic School aims to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that whilst covering the necessary content for public examinations also engages, enthuses, develops an enquiring mind and demonstrates that pupils are ‘made for greatness’. 

We want our pupils to have awe and wonder for the world around them and within them, for them to be scientifically literate and numerate so they can critique and evaluate science in the wider world whilst formulating their own ideas, opinions and question those around them.

This understanding of the world around and within will promote our ASPIRE values and allow pupils to be valued members of a diverse and tolerant society.

Curriculum in Science

Your child will study a broad and balanced curriculum that covers the necessary content for public examinations but also aims to engage and enthuse.  We follow the suite of AQA courses at key stage four and five.  Our key stage three course aims to embed the key skills and knowledge for success, we maintain a consistent approach with terminology so pupils become familiar with them.

All pupils are taught the content to sit three separate Sciences.  In year 11 based on assessment data some pupil may then sit the GCSE Combined Science (two GCSE’s)

Separate Science




Combined Science

Post 16

The following course are currently offered at post 16

A Level

Biology; AQA

Chemistry; AQA

Physics; AQA

BTEC Level 3 Extended certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to one A Level); Pearson


Link to Science Department page