Why Learn Science?


Without even realising it, we were all born scientists. You’ve been building your own ideas using your own senses about how the world works since you were born. There are many things out there that you can explain using simple observations. Is the universe infinite? What is electricity? What causes cancer? How do birds fly? Science intends to answer these questions, and many others about the world around us, and the universe beyond. Science is a way of exploring the world and understanding everything that occurs around you, and inside of you. Scientific knowledge also allows us to create technology and use it to change the world. Like art, science is born from our curiosity and passion about life. It is everywhere! That is why we study science in school!  In school we are preparing young people for jobs that do not even exist yet, in areas we can’t even imagine. Science develops the knowledge and skills to allow our young people to thrive and prosper.


“The whole of life is coming to terms with yourself and the natural world. Why are you here? How do you fit in? What’s it all about?”

Sir David Attenborough


The Science curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world around them and develop the knowledge and skills to allow young people to be successful as they progress into KS4 and KS5. Students experience a wide range of topics across Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


At JHNCC we follow the AQA Trilogy specification, which is a double award GCSE meaning students will receive two GCSEs for Science, studying a range of content across Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students also have the opportunity to study separate sciences gaining a total of three GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).


We offer A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Our A-Level courses are consistently popular with our own students from KS4.  This reflects the hard work, care and attention students receive from the Science staff throughout KS3 and KS4.  We also regularly welcome students from other schools who speak very highly of the support they receive at JHNCC.