Science at Acton High School aims to provide students with a scientific method of enquiry and the ability to formulate hypotheses. We aim to test these practically using natural systems and through the science of the society (in which we live) and do this in a challenging yet enjoyable way.

Science is key to a wide variety of career choices and many of our students go on to work in a wide variety of scientific based careers.


Students receive four lessons of science lessons per fortnight in year 7 and 8. These lessons are a combination of practical and theory lessons, with regular activities to support student learning and attainment. Checking points and assessment points (as part of the whole school assessment cycle) provide data to support the tracking of students, to ensure that students make good or better progress. Our KS3 curriculum is based on the AQA KS3 Scheme of Work for which we use the Activate materials to support this (all students can access the online textbooks and resources using their Kerboodle logins). Our curriculum has been written to balance our students understanding of Science and provide a firm basis for study at GCSE level.

TermYear 7 Year 8
Autumn Term 1

6.1 Acids and Alkalis

6.2 Metals and Non-metals

1.3 Forces and 1.4 Pressure

5.3 Elements and Compounds

Autumn Term 2

1.1 Speed and 1.2 Gravity

8.1 Movement and 8.2 Cells

8.3 and 9.3 Breathing and Drugs

2.3 Magnets

Spring Term 1

5.1 Particle Model

5.2 Separating Mixtures

6.3 Chemical Reactions

8.4 Nutrition

Spring Term 22.1 PD and 2.2 Current

3.4 Heating and Cooling

7.3 Environment

Summer Term 1

9.1 Interdependence

9.2 Plant Reproduction

9.4 Photosynthesis

4.3 Waves - Light and Sound

Summer Term 2

3.1 Energy Costs and 3.2 Energy Transfer

7.1 Earth Structure and the Universe

10.3 Evolution and 10.4 Inheritance

3.3 Work

ISBN Book Codes978-0198408246978-0198408253


At KS4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) all students study at least GCSE Combined Science with three groups of students in each year studying Triple Science. We teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately irrespective of whether a student is on the Combined Science or Triple Science route. Both these options provide a starting point for A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the Sixth Form.

Regular checking points and assessment points ensure our students are prepared for both their end of year and end of year 11 examinations.

The syllabus codes we study are below and all students have access to Kerboodle which has a copy of the textbooks we use in class and also online revision and studying activities.

SubjectSyllabusTextbook ISBN Code
Science Trilogy (Y9-11)AQA GCSE Science Trilogy 8464978-0198359265
Biology (Y9-11)AQA GCSE Biology 8461978-0198359401
Chemistry (Y9-11)AQA GCSE Chemistry 8462978-0198359388
Physics (Y9-11)AQA GCSE Physics 8463978-0198359395


At KS5 we offer two pathways, an academic A-Level pathway or a vocational BTEC Level 3 pathway. We offer A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics all on the AQA syllabi to ensure continuity from GCSE. The minimum entry requirements for A-Levels in these subjects are at least two grade Bs at GCSE Combined Science or two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics which must include the subject applied for. If Physics is studied, A Level Mathematics must be also studied alongside.

BTEC Level 3 Science is offered giving students the opportunity to study Science in a vocational context. Our current optional units include the popular forensic science route or organic chemistry.

SubjectSyllabus Textbook ISBN Code
A Level Biology AQA A Level Biology 7402978-0198351771
A Level ChemistryAQA A Level Chemistry 7405978-0198351825
A Level PhysicsAQA A Level Physics 7408978-0198351870
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Extended CertificatePearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (360 GLH) 601/743978-1292134093

Students are also supported in their learning in revision and after school sessions in the Science Department both before and after school.

Acton High Science Revision Bank

The Acton High Science Revision Bank, which was launched in March 2018 and features useful revision material for all science students, is available at:
Science Club

A weekly Science club for all interested students takes place each week in lab 11 and is organised by Mr Lazaroo. Last year a group of our students were awarded with the prestigious CREST Awards for Science and had a great time each week. Please see Mr Lazaroo for further details.

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