KS4 Science

Students will either follow Science Trilogy or Separate Sciences (based on Options), and will have 3 teachers (one per subject).

Science Trilogy:

Students will follow AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy. This course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is a double award: equivalent to two GCSEs.

In Year 10 the students will study: The Periodic Table; Organisms and Disease; Infectious Disease; Chemical Changes; Reactions in Biology; Rates of Reaction; Electricity; Quantitative Chemistry; Generating Electricity; Nuclear Radiation; Forces and Motion.

In Year 11 the students will study: Controlling the Body; Organic Chemistry; Waves; Chemical Analysis; Magnetism and Electromagnetism; Inheritance; Ecology; The Earth and Resources

There is no coursework component for this course. There are six exam papers, which students will sit during the summer term of Year 11. There are two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each exam is 1 hour 15 minutes, has a maximum of 70 marks and represents 16.7% of the total GCSE. Questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured closed short answer and open response.

Biology paper 1 will assess from Biology topics 1-4: Cell Biology, Organisation; Infection and Response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology paper 2 will assess from Biology topics 5-7: Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation and Evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry paper 1 will assess from Chemistry topics 8-12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative Chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry paper 2 will assess from Chemistry topics 13-17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using Resources.

Physics paper 1 will assess from Physics topics 18-21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic Structure.

Physics paper 2 will assess from Physics topics 22-24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and Electromagnetism.

Separate Sciences:

There is no coursework component for this course. There are two exam papers for each subject, which students will sit during the summer term of Year 11. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes, has a maximum of 100 marks and represents 50% of the total GCSE in that subject. Questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured closed short answer and open response.

Biology:

Students will follow AQA GCSE Biology. The course is worth one GCSE.

In Year 10 the students will study: Organisms and Disease; Infectious Disease; Reactions in Biology (Bioenergetics).

In Year 11 the students will study: Controlling the Body; Inheritance; Ecology;

Biology paper 1 will assess from Biology topics 1-4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and Response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2 will assess from Biology topics 5-7: Homeostasis and Response; Inheritance; Variation and Evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry:

Students will follow AQA GCSE Chemistry. The course is worth one GCSE.

In Year 10 the students will study: The Periodic Table; Chemical Changes (Bonding); Rates of Reaction; Quantitative Chemistry.

In Year 11 the students will study: Organic Chemistry; Chemical Analysis; The Earth and Resources.

Chemistry paper 1 will assess from Chemistry topics 1-5: Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry paper 2 will assess from Chemistry topics 6-10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using Resources.

Physics:

Students will follow AQA GCSE Physics. The course is worth one GCSE.

In Year 10 the students will study: Electricity; Quantitative Chemistry; Generating Electricity; Nuclear Radiation; Forces and Motion.

In Year 11 the students will study: Waves; Magnetism and Electromagnetism.

Physics paper 1 will assess from Physics topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics paper 2 will assess from Physics topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due t heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

Revision Guides:

Each year 10 student will be provided with a revision guide (from CGP) that will be used in school and in revision/intervention sessions. As this book is fully subsidised it must remain in ‘new’ condition and be returned at the end of year 11. If you wish to purchase a revision guide, this can be done so from the library at half the RRP – Schools and Academies get a 50% discount.

Revision Materials

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