Science at Don Valley Academy uses the study of different themed topics to enable students' practical, questioning, knowledge and independent learning skills. Each year students study around 12 different topics to enhance their learning in the subject which have a written assessment and also offer a homework booklet . The department also offers science clubs, homework and revision clubs, and regular trips and visits.


We offer the science works course in year 7 and 8, including topics on Cells, reproduction, life support health and diseases, acids and alkalis, metals, the periodic table, particles, light, sound, space and electricity.

In year 9 we run an in-house scheme of work based upon research and assessing pupil progress criteria to build practical and independent learning skills ready for GCSE or BTEC courses. Year 9 research topics include: Where have all the bumble bees gone? What’s the matter? Mum’s mug of tea.


Students study science for 3 hours per week as a core subject. At key stage 4 we offer two different pathways.

1) GCSEs in Core and Additional Science

2) BTEC level 2 first award in principles of science and applications of science

Those students following the GCSE pathway may select triple science as one of their year 10 options, meaning they will gain 3 GCSEs in science at the end of year 11. The department uses the AQA GCSE sciences suite of qualifications.


At Key stage 5 we offer AS and A2 levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We also offer level 3 subsidiary diploma or diploma in Applied Science.