Science at Richmond Park Academy is rapidly becoming one of the strongest departments in the academy with continual year on year progress of GCSE results over the last three years.  Science is taught with the aim to equip students with the skills required to access the science within their everyday lives and develop curiosity in the world around them.

Science is taught in seven laboratories with an emphasis on developing enquiring minds and with a large amount of practical work to support and enhance the scientific knowledge learnt.

GCSE Biology

Science course structures and specifications

During July, students received a letter to let them know if they have been selected for triple or double science for Years 10 and 11. This decision was based on many factors including student interest in science, class grades, exam grades, teacher recommendations, effort levels etc.

If you wish to look into the course structure and specifications for either of these courses please follow this link and select either the three separate sciences (for triple students) or the combined science 'Trilogy' course for double students.

Maths in Science: Follow up to Year 9 Options Evening

Science symbol
Following up from Ms Sousa's presentation at the Year 9 Options Evening on 20 January, here are the two posters that students can download at home to help them with maths in science. As explained, students on the new GCSE specification will need to memorise all physics equations and be able to apply them to exam questions.

View the Science Poster.  

They should also be able to convert metric units from nano up to tera. View the Metric Conversion Poster.

Lastly we have provided you with the FRUSC posters mentioned which help prompt students to answer questions where they are required to recall and apply physics equations. 

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students have three science lessons a week. The students cover the three main areas of science - biology, chemistry and physics - through a number of different units of work. Year 7 and 8 will sit end of unit tests after two topics and will also be assessed in science skills through the 'Big Writes'; these are written assessments where students plan and execute their own scientific experiments.

Year 7

Units covered:

  • Cells
  • Reproduction
  • Environment and Feeding Relationships
  • Variation and Classification
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Simple Chemical Reactions
  • Particle Models of Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Solutions
  • Energy Resources
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Forces and Their Effects
  • The Solar System and Beyond
Year 8

Units covered:

  • Food and Digestion
  • Respiration
  • Microbes and Disease
  • Ecological Relationships
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Compounds and Mixtures
  • Rocks and Weathering
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Light
  • Sound and Hearing
Year 9

Year 9 are starting the new specification combined GCSE, within the AQA curriculum. They will be assessed internally through a combination of past exam questions and extended writing tasks. All material covered in Year 9 will be part of their Year 11 GCSE exams.

Topics Covered

Chemistry 1

  • Atomic Structure and bonding
  • The Periodic Table
  • Crude Oil and Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Tests

Biology 1

  • Disease and Defence
  • Adaptations
  • Biodiversity
  • Pollution

Physics 1

  • Waves
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism
Click here to see a KS3 science reading list put together by Ms Homewood.

Key Stage 4

Science GCSE Revision
Students follow the AQA Double or Separate science award.

Additional Science 

Biology 2:
  • Cells
  • Plants
  • Ecology
  • Proteins and their functions
  • Respiration
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Further evolution
Chemistry 2:
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Molecular structures
  • Relative masses of atoms
  • Rates of reactions
  • Energy from reactions
  • Making salts
  • Electrolysis
Physics 2:
  • Forces, motion and kinetic energy
  • Electrical circuits
  • Electrical safety
  • Radiation
  • Nuclear fission and fusion
Year 11 triple science

Biology 3:
  • Exchanges
  • Transporting material
  • Homeostasis
  • Environmental science
Chemistry 3:
  • Periodic table
  • Water
  • Energy of reactions
  • Analysis
  • Organic chemistry
Physics 3:
  • Medical physics
  • Mechanics

Key Stage 5

We teach all sciences in Key Stage 5 and are following the AQA specifications in all of them.


Ms T Carbro - Director of Faculty
Mr K Alshawabka
Dr J Johnston
Ms L Homewood
Ms R Russell
Mr R Small
Mr C Trace
Ms E Smith

Science GCSE Revision

Science revision guides and workbooks available for Year 9 and 10 studentsfrom the Science Department at £5 each
CGP Science Revision books

Science Links