KS4 Science

Science is a compulsory core subject at Key Stage 4.  Students will either follow the AQA GCSE specifications for ‘Combined Science’ or ‘Separate Science’.   Topics are taught in an order that may be specific to each class.  Students will complete ‘Required Practical Activities’ in lessons (no longer coursework).  Questions based on the practical work may be asked in each of the exam papers.  

 Students receive 9 lessons of Science per fortnight.  End of topic tests are completed in lessons and reviewed before a next topic is started.  Students will also spend time in lessons developing their independent learning and revision skills across the year.  All students have the option to purchase a revision guide to use throughout the GCSE course both at home and in school.  

 Students will be able to develop their practical skills and complete experiments to further develop their understanding of the key concepts that underpin the subjects.  Students will also complete compulsory practical work which will be assessed across all examination papers in the summer of Year 11.

 As each course is comprised of topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics, students will gain a broad foundation in science. Students will need to display a similar ability in each subject as the two GCSE grades awarded for Combined Science at the end of the course contain marks from each subject area. The course can be followed at either Foundation or Higher tier and the suitability for a student to follow a particular route will be made based upon the evidence gathered in Year 10 and finalised in Year 11

Method of Assessment

GCSE Combined Science
Exam Board: AQA
Assessment Structure: 100% written examination
Exam Structure: 6 x 1 hour 15 minute written exams each of 70 marks in the summer of Year 11 (two papers from each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.)  Exams completed at either Higher or Foundation tier. 

GCSE Separate Science
Exam Board: AQA
Assessment Structure: 100% written examination
Exam Structure: 6 x 1 hour 45 minute written exams each of 100 marks in the summer of Year 11  (two papers from each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  Exams completed at either Higher or Foundation tier.

 Units studied: (*Additional Separate Science topics only

Biology

B1 – Cell structure and transport
B2 – Cell division
B3 – Organisation and the digestive system
B4 – Organising animals and plants
B5 – Communicable diseases
B6 – Preventing and treating disease
B7 – Non-communicable diseases
B8 – Photosynthesis
B9 – Respiration
B10 – The human nervous system
B11 – Hormonal coordination
B12 – Homeostasis in action*
B13 – Reproduction
B14 – Variation and evolution
B15 – Genetics and evolution
B16 – Adaptations, interdependence and competition
B17 – Organising an ecosystem
B18 – Biodiversity and ecosystem

Chemistry

C1 – Atomic structure
C2 – The periodic table
C3 – Structure and bonding
C4 – Chemical changes
C5 – Chemical calculations
C6 – Electrolysis
C7 – Energy changes
C8 – Rates and equilibrium
C9 – Crude oil and fuels
C10 – Organic reactions*
C11 – Polymers*
C12 – Chemical analysis
C13 – Earth’s atmosphere
C14 – Earth’s resources
C15 – Using our resources* 

Physics

P1 – Conservation and dissipation of energy
P2 – Energy transfer by heating
P3 – Energy resources
P4 – Electric circuits
P5 – Electricity in the home
P6 – Molecules and matter
P7 – Radioactivity
P8 – Forces in balance
P9 – Motion
P10 – Forces and motion
P11 – Pressure and surfaces*
P12 – Wave properties
P13 – Electromagnetic waves
P14 – Light*
P15 – Electromagnetism
P16 – Space

Useful websites and Apps

Combined Science AQA website for specification, specimen paper and mark schemes: 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Separate Science AQA website for specification, specimen paper and mark schemes

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Kerboodle for the digital textbook, revision check lists, self-assessment tests and assignments that teachers set

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login 

Pathways after Year 11

Students can progress onto A Levels in Sciences from these two science qualifications including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology.