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At KS3 students within our core provision receive two 60 minute lessons of Science a week, this includes one lesson outside in the garden covering environmental science topics. The course is designed to fill any gaps students may have in their Science education and to help prepare students for their return to mainstream school. Science lessons at the Park ESC KS3 Centre are closely linked to Science in the Real World, so pupils have many opportunities to relate what happened in the classroom to many of the things they experience in the outside world. The curriculum is very stimulating and often hands-on to help them re engage in the curriculum, as well as prepare them for Science study as they move up the school years. The course is split into three terms with a number of topics being covered each term:


We cover topics from all three of the Science disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Topics covered during the academic year include; 

Periodic Table

Pure and impure substances

Filtration, distillation, chromatography


States of matter

Forces and gravity


Speed and time


Diet and Nutrition

Diet plans and sport

Organ systems

Muscles. Antagonistic pairs

Heat transfer and changes of state

Conduction, convection and radiation


Floating and sinking

Reproduction and development of the human body

Fertilisation of plants

Dispersal of seeds and their mechanisms

Plant biology

Exothermic and endothermic reactions

Earth, volcanoes and earthquakes

The rock cycle


Climate change

At The Park ESC we have one lesson a week in our Garden. This is called gardening science.

Throughout the year we carry out many activities in our extensive gardens. This includes;

General garden maintenance, planting and harvesting crops, creating a wildlife garden, potting plants, creating habitats amongst many other things. We are outside in most weathers, so pupils get the most from our outdoor space.

Assessment takes place half termly in two forms, either a traditional test or an APP style teacher assessment. This uses a new progression objectives scale, based on age related targets. We aim to complete one of each style of assessment each school term.

Formative marking takes place bi-weekly to closely monitor progress being made by pupils.


Course: BTEC Science

Level: 1&2

Brief outline of course:

Across year 10 and 11 the three core subjects, Biology, Physics and Chemistry are all covered. They are split up in to bitesize chunks for pupils to complete, to give a range of topics throughout the terms and to enable revision to be easy at the end of year 11.

There is a practical based exam which is taken at the end of the two years, at a similar time to the other examinations. This is based on practical skills learnt throughout the course.

There is no separate controlled assessment completed by pupils during class time.

This is worth 20% of their final mark.

This course is continuing into the future with a slight change of examination rules. This is an international qualification, which is widely accepted by many universities and employers world-wide.

Pupils take two examinations which contain a combination of questions from all three subject areas.

1. Multiple choice exam – 30%

2. Short answer and structured questions – 50%

Practical assessment – 20%