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 Students doing flame tests in the lab

The Science Curriculum at Heston Community School aims to engage and enthuse students, whilst developing an interest in the world around them and the wider universe. It also aims to develop curiosity in scientific matters and issues concerning us all and, in particular, gives our students a firm grounding in key scientific ideas and theories. Excellent teaching by specialist staff further augments the high quality of learning and teaching, which takes place.

Click here or on the link on the left to find out more about the Science Enrichment Programme

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) all students follow a broad Science Curriculum which develops their skills and knowledge in preparation for Key Stage 4.

Key content includes:




 Cells, skeletal, digestive,  circulatory and reproduction  systems, photosynthesis,  ecology, DNA and evolution

 Elements, compounds,  periodic table, mixtures, acids  and alkalis and the rock cycle


 Energy, fuels, electricity,  forces, motion, light, sound,  magnetism and space


 Flaming bubbles in the LabStudents will also learn to conduct safe practicals, process results and draw valid conclusions. They will further develop both literacy and numeracy skills through explaining scientific phenomena in real-life contexts.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) students have a choice of pathways to follow – GCSE Separate Sciences, GCSE Combined Science. Students are supported in choosing the most appropriate course for them, taking into account their intended academic and vocational interest.

Key content includes:




 Cells and organisms,  respiration and  photosynthesis, health and  disease, environment,  evolution and genetics

 Atom structure and bonding,  chemical analysis, reaction  rates, neutralisation and  electrolysis

 Heat transfer, energy, waves,  magnetism, space, forces,  motion, electricity and  radioactivity

 Students using microcopeAt Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) we offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics Advanced Level qualifications, each delivered by specialist teachers. These courses are very popular and many of our student go on to Science careers in Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum engineering, Civil engineering and Physics.

Key content includes:




 Biomolecules, cell  ultrastructure, Lungs and  Hearts, DNA and genetic  engineering, ecology and  animal behaviour

 Atomic structure and isotopes,  quantitative chemistry,  bonding, periodic table,  enthalpy, organic chemistry  and analysis

 Electricity, projectile motion,  quantum theory of light,  cosmology, electromagnetism  and particle physics


Useful websites to support your child:

Key stage 3

Key stage 3 syllabus

BBC bitesize KS3

Key stage 4

Key stage 4 syllabi

(Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Science Trilogy)

BBC bitesize KS4




Biology and Chemistry Keboodle

MyA-Level Biology

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Science Careers