Students are taught Key Stage 3 Science in 2 years following the UPD8 SOW Wikid.  This is based on the philosophy that students should enjoy and achieve in Science. Every Science lesson, whatever the topic, gets students motivated to learn. Themed units set Science in dozens of relevant contexts. The engagement is then converted into real understanding. 


The Year 7 units are:

  • Forensics
  • Cook
  • Extinction
  • Electromancer
  • A & E
  • Alien


The Year 8 units are:

  • Species at war
  • Studio magic
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Catastrophe
  • Live & kicking
  • NVIZ


Students entering Key Stage 4 Science follow a 3 years course leading to the award of three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry & Physics.  Currently, each qualification comprises of three written paper units worth 25% of the marks and a fourth unit of controlled assessment (coursework) comprising the other 25%.  Topics studied include:



Medicine & Drugs

Cells, tissues and organs


How humans can affect the environment


  • Metals
  • Oil
  • Rated of reaction
  • The periodic table
  • Analysis and synthesis


  • Energy
  • Motion
  • Electricity
  • Radioactivity
  • Medical Applications of Physics



Course Content

A-Level Biology gives you the opportunity to study many of the same topics as at GCSE, but in much greater depth as well as focussing on applications of Biology in the real world. Topics at AS include Biological Molecules, Organism exchange of substances with their environment and Genetics. Topic in the full A-Level also include Energy transfers in and between organisms, Organism response to internal and external envirnonments, Genetics, populations evolution and ecosystems and The Control of gene expression.


Paper 1: Any content from AS Topics (AS Level) Paper 2: Any content from AS Topics (AS Level) Paper 1: Any content from AS Topics (A2 Level) Paper 2: Any content from A-Level Topics (A2 Level) Paper 3: Any Content from AS and A-Level Topics (A2 Level) You will also undertake a number of Core Practical’s throughout the year to gain a separate ‘Practical Endorsement’. 



Course Content

A-Level Chemistry gives you the opportunity to study a core of key concepts in greater detail. Many of the ideas first covered at GCSE will be revisited, but with a greater emphasis on explaining rather than simply describing the behaviour of molecules. Topics include Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, Energetics, Mole Calculations, Kinetics and Organic (carbon) Chemistry. While studying GCE Chemistry you will develop practical skills that include making observations, collecting data, analysing experimental results and formulating conclusions. You will also gain an appreciation of how scientific models develop and evolve, the applications and implications of Science, the benefits and risks that Science brings and the ways in which society uses Science to make decisions. 


Paper 1: Inorganic & Physical Chemistry (AS Level) Paper 2: Organic & Physical Chemistry (AS Level Paper 1: Further Inorganic & Physical Chemistry + AS content (A2 Level) Paper 2: Further Organic & Physical Chemistry + AS content (A2 Level) Paper 3: All topics including experimental techniques (A2 Level) You will also undertake a number of Core Practical’s throughout the year to gain a separate ‘Practical Endorsement’.



Course Content

Edexcel Physics gives you the opportunity to study a core of key concepts in greater detail, with many topics from GCSE being revisited in greater detail. Topics include Working as a Physicist, Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Materials, Waves and Particle Nature of Light, Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields and Oscillations. There is a greater emphasis on practical work and developing skills to work as a Physicist. 


AS Level Paper 1 – Core Physics 1 AS Level Paper 2 – Core Physics 2 A2 Level Paper 1 – Advanced Physics 1 A2 Level Paper 2 – Advanced Physics 2 A2 Level Paper 3 – General and Practical Principles in Physics.


BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Equivalent to an A Level)  

The course covers a wide range of topics across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Learners are given the opportunity to further develop their Science skills through an applied approach to the learning. This programme of study is a two year course. Year 12 will be completing the Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Science and will work through Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science 1 and Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques. Year 13 will be completing the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science and will work through Unit 3 – Science Investigation Skills and Unit 4, where we can choose a topic from a range of options.

Assessment: Unit 1 – Externally Assessed 90 minute exam. There is just one resit opportunity per exam series and the best score stands. Unit 2 – Internally Assessed Coursework. Unit 3 – Externally Assessed Controlled Assessment. Unit 4 – Internally Assessed Coursework.




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The Folkestone School for Girls

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Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom


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