Subject Vision
At Unity College we will provide the foundations for understanding the world through science.  All of our students will understand through physics, biology and chemistry how science changes our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.  All of our students will be taught essential aspects of knowledge, methods and processes and uses of science today and for the future.

Programme of Study for Year 7

Year 7 Biology [pdf]

Year 7 Physics [pdf]

Year 7 Chemistry [pdf]

Programme of Study for Year 8

Year 8 Biology [pdf]

Year 8 Physics [pdf]

Year 8 Chemistry [pdf]


Enrichment and extra-curricular activities
  • Visiting speakers from Industry
  • Challenges and competitions both internally and at local colleges
  • Clubs for KS3
  • Galaxy classification and triathlon wet suit design
  • Jodrell Bank and Zoo lab enrichment sessions
  • CREST awards
  • Local environment to study ecosystems and habitats
  • Royal Institute Christmas Lecture


How to support your child in this subject
Books to buy (we really like these books):

  • The big book of Science things to make and do by Rebecca Gilpin and Leonie Pratt
  • Can you feel the force by Richard Hammond
  • Horrible Science / Really Rotten Experiments by Nick Arnold and Tony de Saulles
  • The Icky, Sticky, Snot and Blood by Nick Sharratt and Steve Alton
  • How the World Works by Beverley Young
  • What makes you YOU? by Gill Arbuthnott
  • Science Experiments by Robert Winston and Iain Graham

Recommended Activities (local):

  • Nature walk off shoots in Towneley Park
  • The Manchester Museum
  • Science and Industry Museum
  • Alston Observatory, Longridge
  • Individual Science Projects (please see Crest Website)

Recommended Reading:

  • KS3 Revision Guide on
  • Ieducate – I am Learning Key Stage 3
  • Science app for iPad
  • Tinybop – Human body app
  • BBC Focus Magazine
  • KS4 Revision Guides – Collins (available in school £2.50 each or with vivos)

Recommended Viewing:

  • BBC Spring and Autumn Watch
  • Star Gazing Live
  • Bang goes the Theory
  • Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, see at any time on the RI Channel

Recommended Websites:

  • Childrens University of Manchester
  • BBC Bitesize Science
  • Kerboodle

Recommended Activities (National):

  • The Deep Aquarium, Hull
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • National Science Museum, London
  • Kielder Forest Observatory (Northumberland Dark Sky Park)
  • Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast Dorset or Whitby, North Yorkshire
  • Catalyst in Widnes, Cheshire (Science Centre & Museum), for young chemists